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Welfarism is Speciesist

Hmm, well, at least the killer gave her a car and a nice home for a while. That's ethical, sustainable and compassionate.

Hmm, well, at least the killer gave her a car and a nice home for a while. That's ethical, sustainable and compassionate.

Take a moment to understand how speciesist welfarism truly is.

All that welfarism (“make the cows happier before we kill them!”) does is make people feel better about consuming them.  It does absolutely nothing to reduce demand, and demand is the problem.

Cage free eggs?  Bullshit.  Organic milk?  Bullshit.  None of this reduces demand.  And, furthermore, they are typically lies.  I wish I was making this up.

Demand is the problem.  A soft room with Mozart playing while chickens are gassed to death is ridiculous and accomplishes nothing.

For every dollar and every minute spent making chickens “happier” during their torture, that is one dollar and one minute not spent educating people about how unbelievably easy it is to go vegan.

I’m sorry if this rant annoys you, but it really irritates me when good, sane, helpful, caring people get sucked into welfarist beliefs.  Providing bigger, comfier cages is completely counter-productive.  There is absolutely no evidence that it does anything to move us toward zero animal use.

Now – why is a welfarist attitude speciesist?

Because you would never, ever suggest to a human mother of four children that it’s okay for your company to enslave and beat her children simply because they’ll be on a nice plantation with lots of room to move around.  You would never tell her that child abuse “isn’t going away any time soon, so we might as well make things as nice for the children as we can.”

If your suggestions are barbaric and nonsensical when inflicted on humans, they are barbaric and nonsensical when inflicted on any sentient being.



5 Responses

  1. […] snap! You can always count on Snargleplexon to tell it like it is. …you would never, ever suggest to a human mother of four children that […]

  2. “For every dollar and every minute spent making chickens “happier” during their torture, that is one dollar and one minute not spent educating people about how unbelievably easy it is to go vegan.”

    Why does it always have to be either/or? We can push vegan education AND reduce suffering as much as possible.

    “Providing bigger, comfier cages is completely counter-productive. There is absolutely no evidence that it does anything to move us toward zero animal use.”

    I disagree. And there’s no evidence it doesn’t. But having said that, I know we’re on the same side, so vegan on! 🙂

  3. mike says:

    …and yet despite the billions spent on animal “welfare” in the last few decades we, as a species, are torturing, killing, and eating more non-human animals than ever before. Welfarism makes people feel good about exploitation of animals, that somehow it’s ok.

  4. Rachael says:

    I think a lot of people don’t realise how cheap meat is these days compared to in the past. And how that is because of factory farming.

    Meat is ALWAYS going to be more expensive to produce than vegetables, because you don’t need to RAISE vegetables, you just GROW them. Animals have more needs, so unless something is going horribly wrong (as it is) meat should always be a luxury. When my grandparents were young, animal products were a luxury. They might have had meat twice a week, and that was a good week.

    I personally don’t think I’d ever eat meat, (I don’t see it as my right, but I’m not a welfarist) even if the world was fixed tomorrow, but I don’t have a problem with people raising and caring for their own animals and consuming them. I think we’d all do just fine on vegan diets, but if people really are set on eating meat, then they have to realise they would have to eat it a quarter as often (at LEAST)if we were to produce all animal products ethically because if it’s not a luxury, then its being produced cheaply, and that ALWAYS means bad treatment for the animals.

  5. VeganGod says:

    The problem with welfarism as far as I see it is that it takes years to get a government to introduce even the smallest change and when it happens it takes up to 15 years to actually be fully implemented. All that time, effort and money that could otherwise be spent on promoting veganism as a moral baseline.
    We have to stop telling each other that the world will never be vegan because it is too far fetched – we are vegan are we not? How far fetched is that?!

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