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Discussions about specific materials / Norbert Elias’s Civilizing Process theory
« Last post by E.A.S on October 02, 2018, 02:27:27 AM »
For the World Vegetarian Day, held yesterday, and for the World Farm Animals Day, held today, we discuss Norbert Elias’s Civilizing Process theory, which deals with the historical and cultural changes in humans’ behavior, including towards nonhumans.

We are addressing this theory despite that it is relatively old, since it relates to a current and very popular notion in the animal rights movement - McCartney’s famous quote that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian”.

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Discussions about specific materials / Nonhumans Are Smart
« Last post by E.A.S on September 12, 2018, 12:17:18 PM »
Another article regarding nonhuman intelligence was published this week. Many activists repost such items and often refer to this topic. That is despite that they do recognize themselves that intelligence should in no way be a factor determining moral status. They probably do so, hoping that if humans hear that nonhumans are actually very smart, they’ll change their stance regarding their moral status. However, as we explain in the following post, it is very naïve to hope that facts will be able to refute speciesism, especially considering how little some of the greatest conceptual revolutions in human history have accomplished in placing humanity in a more reasonable place.

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Australia experiences a very severe draught. Therefore, 2 days ago, the government had increased the number of kangaroos that farmers can usually murder, since they “compete” with cows and sheeps on food and water.

As always nonhumans are punished for humans’ mistakes. First and formst are obviously cows and sheeps, and now probably millions of kangaroos as well.

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Discussions about specific materials / Automatic-Exploitation
« Last post by E.A.S on July 17, 2018, 02:43:37 AM »
A few days ago it was published that before the end of the year several more diaries would add fully automated robotic rotary parlors.
The mechanization of the dairy industry is extremely worrying. That is so, especially since it strengthens the industry by making the lives of the exploiters easier and more profitable for the long run, and since it further transform the cows to animal machines.

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Discussions about specific materials / Clear Facts, Dubious Morality
« Last post by E.A.S on June 01, 2018, 01:12:51 AM »
Last week another ‘fish can feel pain’ article was published. Though it didn’t add anything new to the old and fallacious discussion, the fact that such headlines are still present nowadays is what should add something - not to discussion about fishes’ feelings (which is of course unequivocal and self-evident), but about the way activists view the way humans view animals.

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Discussions about specific materials / The Fog of Trade War
« Last post by E.A.S on May 04, 2018, 01:52:00 AM »
Today high-level talks between Chinese and American officials take place after a period of trade tensions, as relations between the two have deteriorated, and both started imposing high tariffs on one another. As always in these trade wars, animals are caught in the cross fire. They are no more than another commodity.

This time animals are most affected by these economic events as soybeans – the crop used to sustain their exploitation – is a major item on the tariff list, used as a leverage in this clash. 

The international soybeans flow is crucial in determining the extent of animal abuse around the globe, making recent events very consequential.  This is another horrific remainder what forces really shape the fate of animals, and what little impact morality has in the world.


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Discussions about specific materials / Earth Day
« Last post by E.A.S on April 22, 2018, 11:53:27 AM »
Not that Earth Day is or ever was about non-human animals, but we address this day anyway since many AR activists tend to adopt some of the environmental rhetoric.
The motivation behind it is unquestionable, AR activists are recruiting ecological claims as a tactical move for the sake of animals. What is questionable is whether animals are benefiting from this use. This is questionable not only for the long run in relation to the more theoretical and ideological aspects of the status of nonhuman animals. Some effects are immediate and practical, and may lead to even more animal suffering. That is the focus of this post.

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Discussions about specific materials / World Day for the End of Fishing
« Last post by E.A.S on March 25, 2018, 02:57:37 AM »
Today is World Day for the End of Fishing, a new initiative that asks for the abolition of fishing and fish farming.
This day is an exception to the rule which, to a large extent, is a disregard of fishes’ suffering by the AR community - an issue discussed in the following post.

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There is an ongoing fuss in the past week over some press coverage of British farmers claiming they were threatened by vegan activists.
Many of the activists’ responses are defensive, arguing that they can’t be violent since they are advocators of non-violent approach. Activists should be defensive but not because of manipulative farmers and sensationalist media, but since the non-violent approach is actually violent.

The following post explains why so
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Discussions about specific materials / Eternal War
« Last post by E.A.S on January 15, 2018, 01:03:37 PM »
A study published a few days ago, found that frequent armed conflicts are the most important factor explaining wildlife populations decline. On the face of it, it sounds quite obvious, however, twistedly, it is not that simple.

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