Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fur-Free Friday

A local animal rights group has posted photographs on its website of an anti-fur demonstration outside a Neiman Marcus store on last month’s Black Friday—a day that PETA calls “Fur-Free Friday.” The photographs show motivated and well-meaning participants holding up signs admonishing the use of fur. Such protests take place every year in cities across the US on this first official day of the holiday shopping season. But noticeably absent at these events is any mention of leather, wool, or veganism. By focusing solely on fur, the campaigns imply by omission that leather is okay, wearing wool is not a problem, and that eating animals is an entirely different issue not worth addressing.

Campaigning for animal rights without mentioning veganism is like demonstrating for marriage equality without acknowledging the existence of gay and lesbian couples. When resources are limited one must understandably prioritize, but in a manner that is rational and most effective. It doesn’t make sense to focus on relatively minor uses of animals such as fur, or elephants in circuses, while many billions of animals are still being killed and carved up every year for food. Particularly when those minor issues are presented outside the larger context of morality-based veganism. Breaking up and diluting the vegan message fundamentally changes it, leaving both the general public and many animal advocates confused and missing the point.

3 comments:

Fluffydasha said...

Hey Ken,
We should not forget also the starving children, the several millions of animals slaughtered for Islamic holiday (just happened yesterday--like every year--did you know?) But also there are the polar bears and the wolf killings by Sarah Palin, and all the animals killed in Iraq. But the worst part is countless millions of pets that are euthanized each year -- most by painful deaths, and the animals killed by trophy hunters, etc etc etc. I could write several pages just listing all of them.

My question to you is: HOW MANY CAUSES DO YOU FIGHT FOR? CAN'T YOU DO THEM ALL AT ONCE?

If you don't have anything positive to say about other people's efforts to bring some relief to animal suffering. THEN JUST SHUT UP.

Anonymous said...

obviously you don't understand campaign strtegy and tactics. read up on it.

Ken Hopes said...

Fluffydasha - Vegan/abolition education addresses all of the problems you listed. That's the point.

So what exactly about the post do you disagree with? I'd be happy to POLITELY debate these issues with anyone. But I won't shut up.