The Proverbial Elephant in the Room
Humans will often intervene if an animal is in trouble in front of their eyes, such as when a dog is seen locked in a hot car, and this is a powerful reminder to me that people have a natural tendency to have pity for other living, breathing animals.
Therefore, I’m still baffled by the disconnect when people choose to buy animal products, but then again, societal conditioning is very powerful and the abuse and slaughter of animals isn’t seen or heard, making it virtually invisible.
Commercials touting plates of ribs and steaks and wings show smiling faces and happy times while ignoring the cost to the animals. It’s truly the elephant in the room, and I sit and watch the ads feeling like I’m in the Twilight Zone, wondering how effective the message would be if scenes of factory farms and blood-drenched slaughterhouses were intertwined in the images.
You only have to envision the advertisement of cat or dog ribs here in the western world and the ensuing outcry of horror and anger to be reminded that we have been powerfully and effectively brainwashed by a culture that considers cows, pigs and chickens to be “other” and not at all like our beloved cats and dogs.
Of course, we know the truth, whether we admit it or not, and we can pretend that it isn’t happening, but that doesn’t change the facts.
Cows, pigs and chickens feel pain, fear and all the emotions that our pets do, and they value their lives just as much as our animal companions.
The only way we can truly be the caring humans we are at our core is to face the truth and refuse to buy animal products, and therefore wake up from the mass conditioning we’ve had all our lives to truly be free-thinking, helping to end the cruel exploitation of other sentient beings, and ushering in a better world for all.