I think that every vegan who is active in the desire to spread veganism among people and thus accelerate the moment that will announce the end of animal suffering, or who is present in one way or another in the field of animal protection, once in a lifetime thought about what are we doing wrong? The point is so clear that no reasonable human should support it, as most of us cannot watch, let alone experience or cause animal suffering. When the Real Property Code was amended, the phrase “Everyone who has ever dealt with an animal knows that they are sentient beings!” Resonated in Slovenia. However, we vegans, who avoid exploiting animals on all possible fronts wherever we can, from food, cosmetics, clothing to pharmacy, beauty products, etc., still remain surrounded by people we know understand. they are aware, they are mentally with us, yet their plates, bodies, faces, and actions reflect the death, suffering, and agony of millions of animals.
Already ancient philosophers proceeded from the premise that immoral behavior stems from ignorance and that obtaining relevant information always and necessarily leads to good deeds. Even today, we would like to believe that most people cultivate positive feelings towards non-human animals, and that once they realize the suffering behind animal-based products, they will no longer want to support it with their actions. Above all, the fact that we support the exploitation of animals to such an extent as society is to blame only for the ignorance that our society and upbringing, which are mainly farm animals – pigs, cows, are to blame for our attitude towards animals as objects, property. , chickens, fish – desubjectified and labeled as products. This is further reinforced by ANTHROPOCENTRIC thinking and the promotion of EGOISM, through the establishment of feelings of human superiority and the encouragement of negative human feelings towards these animals, in order to make their exploitation “normal”. Therefore, as young activists, we stood motionless in t. i. “Cube’s” with a tablet in hand and passers-by wanted to show what was really going on, even though I personally could never watch these footage. At the same time, the question echoed in my head as to whether this person will not turn into McDonalds today and all our efforts and all this suffering will be forgotten in a minute.
Elisa Aaltola in her article Politico-Moral Apathy and Omnivore’s Akrasia deals precisely with the issue and the old philosophical paradox called akrasia, i.e. a state where someone knows that x is real but still consciously acts contrary to x. If we map this to the realm of animals, it is a situation where someone willingly consumes animal products that they are aware have been obtained in an immoral way, by exploiting and torturing animals. And so we have really passionate people, animal lovers, ready on social media to condemn every person or organ that causes suffering to animals, to cheer for every pig or cow that escaped from the slaughterhouse, but still consumes or uses animal products every day. As a result, they do not follow the awareness of the need to liberate animals in their lives, and so the animal remains in the realm of ideas, while they themselves participate in violence that they consciously condemn.
In the modern society of the 21st century we live in, I could describe this roughly in three words. Consumption, hedonism and capitalism. And none of these words are in favor of the position that animals occupy in “our” anthropocentric system, because they have no moral value in it, because the system is based on their exploitation. Namely, in the foreground t. i. The reasonable or urgent interests of today’s society include desires ranging from greed to culinary pleasures, and arguments that glorify love for man and at the same time justify contempt for animals because they are “different” from us. However, no addressee of the arguments against veganism lacks the red thread, which is in the desire of omnivorous interlocutors to justify the exploitation of animals as morally justified, as an expression of the universal order, as something traditional. Unreasonable passions can provoke desires that are stronger than those aroused by reason, and at the same time our justification for this and the illogicality of the arguments we resort to are stronger.
Despite being informed, appetites and passions can cause irrational desires in us, which obscure the truth and the true view of the world. Nowadays, the exploitation of animals and the use of such products have become a matter of habit, so instrumentalized and ubiquitous that we have mastered mechanisms to block other sources of animal perception and evaluation, even though it has violent consequences in the real world. This reinforces and confirms the notion that non-human animals are less than us in their ability and value, and that they are useful as a result. The desire for self-preservation, which has always included the fact that we are part of a community, can be stronger than rationality. Today’s society not only teaches us, supports and institutionalizes the exploitation of animals, but also shamelessly advertises products based on their suffering. And the individual who fights against the world is alone in this, especially if the world refuses to understand him, even though he is reasonable in his arguments and decisions. And in this desire for normalcy, we are vegans who walk around with rational arguments, promoting empathy, a desire for a world free of animal suffering and exploitation, labeled as terrorists, hard workers, and abnormal.