There’s a group of extremists who practice guerrilla warfare against those they feel treat animals unethically.
They throw blood on those who wear fur. They terrorize researchers who run experiments on mice. I’m sure there’s many other things that they do, but that’s not my point.
My point is that we have to get these guys to expand their horizons. People are animals, too. Hasn’t anyone taught them that? People, according to most people, are even more than animals. We have souls. And bank accounts.
If the people who are against the unethical treatment of animals are truly on the side of animals, then why don’t they include people in the mix?
Here’s their dilemma. If they DON’T include people under their protective umbrella, they are then admitting that PEOPLE are special. People are different than animals, perhaps even better. That explains why animals need a special militant arm of defenders.
If they DO include people under their ethical treatment umbrella, then they have a whole ‘nother dilemma. THAT dilemma would mean they have to start DEFENDING people against unethical treatment. This would include harassing people based on their own research. It would include children who are being slowly tortured by people who should never be allowed near them. It would mean that they could even target politicians who put personal gain ahead of their constituents.
Will this happen? Will there ever be an organization that is dedicated to the ethical treatment of people as well as animals? It’s a nice thought, but I doubt it will happen.
There’s a good chance that the members of such groups are in them only because it gives them a mission that seems righteous. Talking to one of them and challenging their belief system amounts to challenging someone about their religion.
And I’ve already learned, no one likes to be challenged.
Maybe that would be unethical.