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Murder for Dinner

I have been called a bitch. A couple times. Some people do not care for me, or rather, animal murderers do not much care for me, at least the ones with whom I’ve blogly and verbally sparred. These exchanges typically begin and regress in familiar patterns, the self-indulging excuses of abusers punctuated by insults and curses and ending in haughty dismissal. But my feelings of guilt are nonexistent, and far removed from slumber party politics is apathy and murder, the machine of malevolence that diminishes life to calculations and greed, the literal expression of figurative evil, and in this war I would no more embrace the murderers of non-human animals with kindness and warmth than I would murderers of human animals with kindness and warmth. Your speciesist pretensions aside, the life of one is as inherently valuable as the life of another.

I will always share a welcoming gesture to any who want to learn about the animal holocaust and how to diminish as much as possible the complicity in such, and I will support any in that journey. But to those who refuse responsibility or pardon involvement with tired excuses, your indignation is wasted. You are not my concern and your feelings of emotional guilt manifesting as personal attacks against me or others is boring, the mediocrity of mass absolution in the global war against animals, and I defend the ones who are unable to fight you: the non-human animals you consider with disposable ethics, squishing at will to conform to your human-manufactured benefits. Is this your platform, then, one of mainstream politics and contemporary religion, gut as guidepost, “condemning” us as hippies or tree huggers, insanely ridiculous, and not-in-touch-with-nature? In other words, as long as you can define us as lunatics, you may reasonably ignore our message? To legitimatize cruelty by bastardizing those opposed is indeed a formidable strategy. And strikingly similar to a game I played when I was ten.

You hate the term of murderer. However, killing animals, directly or indirectly, is murder. Taking the lives, deliberately and needlessly, is murder. Supporting financially, socially, ritually, physically, and greedily is murder. There really can be no disagreement with such an accurate description of animal abuse and slaughter, yet mention this to the majority masses and you’re met with shocked indignation at such an inflammatory association. People loathe this description and will search all corners of the physical and digital universe for definitions all excluding animals from such spurious claims. Morality by Webster, how positively revolutionary, and inherently illogical. As self-centered beings rejecting ethical conflict, human animals write their morals with eloquence and speed, judicious missives meant to assuage personal guilt.

“I pray for my food!” Now that is precious, such a beautiful, pithy phrase redolent of Hallmark. I am sure the ghosts of animals past would appreciate your utterance of gratitude for your opportunity to abuse and kill them. Or not. What self-serving pious banality. You give thanks to make yourself feel morally pure, a ritual of human gratification imparting appreciation on intangible deities for the murder of existing beings. I am tolerant of and accepting of all religions, freedom of such an indelible privilege all should enjoy absent persecution UNLESS exploited as a directive to sanction harm against other beings.

Own your own thoughts and actions, and then change them, don’t cowardly stand behind a book or a ritual as validation. Anytime a person parades the tired excuse of religion to rationally answer the question of victimization it is such an insult to intellect and a contradiction of ethical evolutionary advancement; cognitively, billions of people are still neanderthals, and if you think that is an insult, fabulous, try evolving. Nothing is as regressive as the sanctimonious thought of praising in death that whom you won’t respect or appreciate in life: the non-human animals you so callously disregard, unworthy of a care or concern, until dead and bloody on your plate, and then considered with prayer. Reactionary armies never had such stalwart soldiers as the drones who reject sentient life, but praise murder, using prayer as a medium of approval.

But let us extend a moment of appreciation to all those who spend five minutes on Google and triumphantly expose the measures written by humans to satisfy the moral question of cruelty: animal welfare laws. That is so utterly radical, laws written to regulate the industries, that kill animals, by the industries, that kill animals. In my dictionary, that is regarded as a conflict of interest, a socially moralizing appeasement meant to benefit the one species that inflicts cruelty upon the ones for whom the laws are “intended”. Let us not waste one moment debating the hypocritical, conceited notion of establishing “welfare” protocols for animals relentlessly tortured and savagely killed. Socially acceptable murder using verbal justifications eliminates guilt and serves to extinguish any potential disquiet for human animals but DOES NOT protect non-human animals from harm. Human animals are the only benefactors of such enactments, those who enjoy ethical solidarity with those whom kill.

I had the recent nauseating experience of reading the exasperated, monotonous argument of a pro-killer accusing me of misrepresenting the Animal Welfare Act. It is so convenient for the perpetrators to promote the Animal Welfare Act, though, like a badge precluding cruelty and harm. How does killing non-human animals, however, protect them from cruelty and harm? Undoubtedly, commodifying and murdering animals is fundamentally inhumane, and laws enacted by industries meant to regulate itself would be laughable if not so dangerous, but the proudly “progressive” majority would scarcely question that which may cause a dietary conflict, the gorged masses nothing but flesh addicts, weak with self-congratulatory hubris for their compelling empathy.

And since the AWA specifically EXCLUDES the ten billion animals raped, brutalized, and killed for food; and the tens of millions of animals raped, psychologically and physically abused, skinned, and gassed for fur; and the animals tortured most for those disfigurements of “science”, those hideously creepy charlatans of vivisection, nonsensical authentications of perverse “compassion” serve no more protective nature than the air expelled screaming them. When humans implement laws as a demonstrable means of protecting OURselves, it is not done from the position of our potentially premature deaths but rather from our established intrinsic value of life: the murder is not made illegal based on the absence of life but rather on the existence of life stolen, the foundation of constitutional privilege and the expression of sentience. It therefore screams for reconciliation: how can our species even possibly consider sufficient the measures that “protect” other species while dismissing their life as inconsequential, their deaths a natural progression of human “compassion”? It is PREPOSTEROUS, a moral conflict, a pseudo application of ethical armor to endorse the savagery while promoting causative empathy.

But let us take a moment to congratulate the AWA authors for such a grand expression of compassion in covering about three animals. It’s actually more grammatically efficient to list the animals covered versus those not covered, the ones who did not make the cut on a list shockingly long. And included in those covered are cats and dogs. I am thrilled at such progressiveness, roughly 95% of the population is supportive of laws that criminalize abuse towards cats and dogs, it’s politically heartwarming to be a part of such valiant and courageous efforts, going out on a limb and embracing such radical efforts. Indeed, it’s this type of trailblazing that will obliterate speciesism by the year 6729. If we’re even still around. And let’s not forget that, rather than endorse protections, for, say, horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, mink, mice, poultry, turtles, snakes, birds, etc., etc., etc., those AWA pioneers included dead animals. Nothing is more gratifying than knowing a dead animal has more protections than a live animal. That’s actually supernaturally relevant, the ambitious people of late-night television commercials will be thrilled to know their clients are protected by law from, perhaps, verbally abusive mediums.

But make no mistake: those who love their decomposing diets will serve pluralized purposes, hailing all animal-killing industries or rituals as necessary, vital, moral, and their right, be they for food, fiber, fun, or pharmaceutical. Ah, the profundity of a murderer’s justifications, you’ll never experience such loyalty. Or stupidity. But I wait in anticipatory excitement the writing of the Human Welfare Act to sanctify the killing of people. To protect people. From harm.

These measures are pointless and only serve to saturate our society with more speciesism, and by extension, welfarism, both unconditionally dangerous and immoral, supporting the anthropocentric superiority that grants itself the authority to rape, abuse, and murder ALL species, exempt from an ethic and immune from a consequence, the law an ambivalent reaction to satisfy a doubt. This will kill the planet and every being on it.

And if you have any question regarding the depraved conditions and treatments to which animals are subjected, you need only refer to that purveyor of health and empathy, compassion third only to savagery and murder, the federal government. Feel free to browse the millions of documented cases chronicling the disease, affliction, physical deterioration, immobilization, abuse, pain, paralysis, and gangrene status of your meal, bred with greed, treated with wretched disassociation, stolen from life, butchered with torment, and moralized with human indulgent banality:

Animal Disposition Reporting System

So when you, on your pedestal of indignation and dogmatic righteousness, accuse me of being “mean” please refer to the “mean” nature of the industry you promote with impunity. I challenge you to subsequently terminate the juvenile fourth-grade rhetoric of clique intolerance and accept that nothing I could EVER say or call you could even begin to compare to the horrifically cruel, barbaric, wretched, and REALISTIC industries of animal murder that YOU cause and support. But please feel free to continue attempting to divert attention from your selfish indulgence as supportive of needless brutality and murder and focus instead on my vocabulary, a tactic we all learned during recess in grade school.

Finally, each time I write about the sentience of non-human animals, and their inherent rights to lives free from human-orchestrated exploitation and suffering, I’m met with the dreaded “plant” argument, so I would like to confront such a bold assertion with a preemptive response: I haven’t been involved in animal rights for half my life only to be shocked into submission by such a ridiculously shallow and illogical position: if you honestly feel the need to consider plants as deserving of rights rather than animals, please visit a library or read a book. To consider plants as possessing value similar to human animals, but disregarding the sentience of non-human animals, is a demonstration of profound stupidity. Your philosophical rubbish is further challenged by the fact that the animals you consume themselves consume more plants than I ever could. Each of you believes you are being cunning, an intellectual force, when you promote such idiocy, but we’ve heard it, we’ve laughed about it, and we’ve marveled at your utter ignorance, endorsing plants as more similar to humans, and therefore deserving of “rights”, while ignoring animals. And we’ve expressed sufficient embarrassment on your behalf.

So you still think I am a bitch? Tough. At least I’m not a murderer.

Stacey Larson

40 Comments leave one →
  1. Fiona Thriepland permalink
    July 3, 2010 4:38 pm

    The world and every one should be ashamed hiding behind the excuse there is nothing I can do, they don’t have a voice we do so we should defend them but we allow these cruel act’s to go on we should demand the right’s of all living things to a life without fear or pain

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  2. Cindy Torrey permalink
    July 3, 2010 5:23 pm

    You are a real hero ❤

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  3. Heather permalink
    July 3, 2010 5:49 pm

    Wow.. that was an amazing read!

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  4. July 3, 2010 6:21 pm

    thank you, i honor you. please keep up this side of the war. i am with you.

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  5. Stacey permalink
    July 4, 2010 11:22 am

    Thank you all for your input and such wonderful comments , your thoughts and support mean so much to me ~~~

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  6. Nola Ross1 permalink
    July 4, 2010 1:45 pm

    there are many of us that agree with you. guess I’m a bitch too

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  7. July 5, 2010 7:58 pm

    I have recently made the choice to stop eating meat. This has been difficult for me for many reasons but not impossible by any means. I have read your article and I concur that much of the negative reaction one receives must come from guilt. As I have also gotten a lot of hostility from people who would otherwise have no reason to give it. I am glad about the choice I made. Carry on with the good work.

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  8. July 7, 2010 12:20 am

    Spectacular essay…reaches the heart with simple truth. Ashamed for being a human….my resolve to be part of a solution for even the very basic of Animal issues, is strengthened by your passionate platform. Thank You, Stacey, I needed this….

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  9. Julie permalink
    July 8, 2010 6:07 pm

    Brilliant! You really nail the heart of the issues and eloquently express the depth of many of my own feelings in a hard hitting way that does them justice. Thanks for being a steadfast voice for the voiceless. These issues you mention, since I have recently learned of the massive scale of animal cruelty on this planet, has fundamentally changed who I am. The anguish this causes me-though by far nothing compared to the anguish every one of these animals has suffered and will continue to suffer as long as people choose to be brutal-is more than I can bear. When I read commentary like this, and all the many similar posts from my network on Facebook, I feel there is hope. It may long in coming, but I am quite sure there will be a day when all species have equal footing and respect. We will always live with a dichotomy of people, but there will be laws to protect the innocents. People like you will help make that a reality. Keep up the good fight-right is on your side. 🙂

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  10. Stacey permalink
    July 10, 2010 5:08 pm

    Thank you, very much, all of you. I consider myself an emotional activist with logical influences. We are so emotionally sensitive, at least many of us are, and the thought of what happens is personally crushing although, as you point out, Julie, is nothing compared to that which animals experience. We all recognize the necessity of equality as a logical extension of rights, but the emotions can be extremely causative; I said the other night that our emotional sensitivity and empathy drive us, but as challenging as it is, we cannot stop for self-preservation as that, indeed, would actually cause the same gut-wrenching grief. We know it’s there and happens, we cannot ignore it. Oblivious is not in our repertoire, and neither is indifference.

    You all make me hopeful. Thanks for your words and the support and activism you promote and share.

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  11. Joey permalink
    July 10, 2010 7:57 pm

    chk chk BOOM!!! .. a pleasure to read, Stacy!

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  12. CAROL permalink
    July 13, 2010 12:16 pm

    YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!

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  13. Robin permalink
    July 13, 2010 4:12 pm

    LOVE this!!

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  14. Lynn permalink
    July 13, 2010 5:53 pm

    Amazing writing!

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  15. Juli permalink
    July 13, 2010 9:28 pm

    Stacey, I am with you 100%. You are the intelligent(and compassionate) person, not them. Vivisectors in particular defend their hell and murder possition toward animals saying always the same stupid thing: to save human lives. How can we trust in them when they do not respect other lives at all? Corruption at all levels kill animals.. and people too. I do not understand how the animal killers acan sleep at night.

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  16. Kirsty Brawls permalink
    July 15, 2010 10:51 am

    This is an excellent, well written article. I’m behind you all the way.

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  17. July 15, 2010 10:56 am

    Stacey,

    Very powerful and inspiring essay!!! Actually I love everything you write!

    I’m vegan for 31 years (vegetarian for 40) and you speak my mind.

    (Love your website : )

    Susan

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  18. Carla Lesh permalink
    July 15, 2010 12:26 pm

    You’re a true angel on earth !!!!!

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  19. EquidAdvocateAgainstSlaughter permalink
    July 16, 2010 11:16 pm

    I think instead of my usual way to sign off….

    Amen!!!!
    Your Sister-in-Christ,
    Harley

    For this post, it’s more –

    Amen!!!!
    Your Sister-in-Bitch,
    Harley

    You go girl!!!!

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  20. Sabine permalink
    July 17, 2010 6:24 pm

    The fact is that ancient people had a sense of balance and they knew that they were taking lives.Ancient hunters gave thanks to the spirit of the animals they hunted.At least they aknowledged the creatures as fellow beings.Modern man has completely forgotten this.We are living in truly sociopathic society.The fact is also that people nowadays eat much more meat than our ancestors did.I have no mercy for all the people who are obese and have heart disease from eating all that junk.

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  21. Stacey permalink
    July 19, 2010 9:34 pm

    Wow, thank you for such encouraging and supportive comments, I cannot express enough how much I appreciate your input and thoughts. We are all in this together, and although I say it often, it is true: you give me hope, I admire each of you for your efforts. Thank you for everything you do.

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  22. Nate permalink
    July 22, 2010 4:35 pm

    Nice article! Keep it up! 🙂

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  23. Stacey permalink
    July 23, 2010 1:42 pm

    Thank you, Nate, I shall definitely try! 🙂

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  24. Paul York permalink
    July 23, 2010 8:34 pm

    You do not pull any punches 🙂 I have often had these kinds of thoughts, but have not expressed them, wanting rather to persuade and condemn – but at the same time, when someone is unrepentant in their defense of the murder of other sentient beings, I really loathe them and want to blast them. Reading this is a bit like watching Death Wish or Chuk Norris or something: living vicariously through their actions, blasting the bad guys in my mind – but in this case through your words. You are the Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris of animal rights 🙂 So thank you Stacey for that 🙂

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    • Stacey permalink
      July 24, 2010 9:59 am

      Thanks, Paul, I think. 😉 Admittedly, these type of essays are cathartic, using, as you write, words to express my feelings. I am not patient with the impatient and have a low tolerance for relentless validating so use my “mighty” weapon of the pen. Or, as it is, the keyboard. I know there are those who are offended, and that is my point, to extend a small but meaningful glimpse into how we feel. Indeed, the reason I am such an angel in real life is because I get my anger out via word. 🙂 Thank you for your thoughts, it means a lot! 🙂

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  25. CAROL permalink
    July 25, 2010 11:30 am

    YOU ARE INSPIRATIONAL!

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  26. Anita Mahdessian permalink
    August 1, 2010 7:07 am

    Stacey, I thank you! I thank you, bitch X

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  27. David permalink
    August 1, 2010 4:29 pm

    There is not a person alive that could counter your prose with anything other than lies. Beautifully written. Painfully true. Thank you. Vegan hugs x

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  28. Jen permalink
    August 1, 2010 4:50 pm

    Stacey, pay no mind to Christina…she is a sad pathetic loser that has nothing better to do with her time than to stalk people on FB and to stick her nose into things that do not concern her….obviously, she cares nothing about the suffering of animals so just ignore her…it just kills this drama princess to be ignored. Be gone Christina, before someone drops a house on you!

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  29. Stacey permalink
    August 1, 2010 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much, Jen and David, I appreciate that. 🙂 It’s okay, though, I should not have even responded myself or engaged her in the first place, but I do get defensive. I am imperfect, I have flaws But it doesn’t matter, she can believe whatever she wants; I don’t want to detract from the issue at hand and I am sorry that I inspired such hostility.

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  30. donna permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:25 am

    amazing and well written. i support you all the way. yes, you are a bitch and so am i!!! thank god for people like you. i have always been a vegetarian all my life but more recently a vegan. the torture, mutilation and death (in that order many times , unfortunatly) that occurs everyday to billions of “farm animals” particularly horrifies me. i feel helpless in so many ways knowing this goes on every second of the day. i pray for them. everytime i see a plate with meat on it i just want to scream. i wish people could TASTE the pain…..

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    • December 7, 2010 5:43 pm

      Donna, thank you so much for your input; I am thankful for people such as yourself – glad to have you as a comrade and fellow bitch.

      I wish, that, too, very well-written – taste the pain – what a compelling thought.

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  31. September 25, 2013 8:04 am

    Hi friends, good piece of writing and good urging commented at
    this place, I am truly enjoying by these.

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  32. September 25, 2013 12:56 pm

    B ~ I ~ T ~ C ~ H

    Beautiful ~ Inspirational ~ Tenacious ~ Compassionate ~ Heart

    Beautiful post, very inspirational and tenacious written with a compassionate heart !
    Now what is so bad about being a bitch ?

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    • September 25, 2013 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Nancy, that means so much to me! And nothing is wrong with being a bitch as long as it is done for freedom. 🙂 I LOVE the new meaning, very cool, you are quite clever!

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