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Animal Rights

September 11, 2019 - Vox

Battle-tested lessons from the animal rights struggle

Battle-tested lessons from the animal rights struggle
Credit: Desiree Fawn

Imagine, for a moment, what it’s like to be an animal rights activist. Tens of billions of animals are being tortured and slaughtered every year. It is, to you, a rolling horror.

The animals in those warehouses are individuals. And the industry treats these animals like they’re potatoes — like they’re completely monolithic. Chickens are at a huge disadvantage in this sense, as are fish. They don’t usually vocalize pain, and they don’t share facial expressions like we do and other mammals do.

But to the people you love, the world you live in — it’s normal. You’re the weird one. So what do you do? How do you engage, politically and personally, when so few see what you see?

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