My comments about a petition that calls the government of USA to stop the gassing of dogs and cats on animal shelters:
Most of the people signing this petition are sadly nonvegans, and all these petitions make them feel like heroes and animal lovers who are helping the animals from the institutionalized animal exploiters. They feel like heroes that are fighting all day long signing petitions. This is far from the truth. They should instead be confronted with their behavior of the animal exploitation that they participate in and pay for every day, and the fact that nothing will changes for the animals as long as they have animal foods on their plates and pay someone for killing animals for their clothes, etc.
Furthermore, the petition in itself is actually sending the implicit message that it is morally acceptable to kill animals in animal shelters, but that it should be done in a more "humane way". This is the problem with almost any petition. It almost always sends an underlying implicit speciesist and/or racist and/or sexist message.
The animal foods on their plates (meat, fish, milk and eggs) or clothes (leather, down, fur, etc.) come from individuals that had an equally horrible death.
A good petition would have been: Stop killing animals on animal shelters. You can help animals by rescuing them and adopting them from shelters. Stop breeding animals. Stop perpetuating this system where animals are property and can be killed by her owner for any reason (Watch this video: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/media/slides/theory2.html about this). Stop participating in animal exploitation for food, clothes, entertainment, breeding of pets and any other reason. If you breed or use animals in any other way you are an integral part of this problem. Go vegan!
I challenge every vegan to stop perpetuating speciesism, which is done e.g. by sharing speciesist petitions; and every nonvegan to stop the hypocrisy and animal exploitation of consuming and using animals and go vegan.
And while we are on the issue of gassing animals. PETA are advocating that chickens should be slaughtered by being gassed to death. Where are all petitions complaining that supposedly “animal rights”-organizations go hand in hand with animal exploiters?: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/peta-and-kfc-no-differences-of-opinion-about-how-animals-should-be-treated/
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