Yes, these are unspeakable horrors. Yes, we feel compassion for the suffering of bulls in Spain, dogs in China, buffaloes in Nepal, and whales in the Faroe Islands. And yes, we must raise our voices against animal cruelty, anywhere and everywhere. But let us never forget that the greatest animal holocaust takes place on the dinner table, made possible and financed by our addiction to animal flesh, milk, and eggs.
While we point the finger at the “savages” who amuse themselves by killing defenseless animals, sign countless petitions against barbarous customs in other parts of the world, and write angry tirades on the internet about the immorality of “others”, do we reflect on the harm caused directly by our choices?
If we eat meat and eggs, consume dairy products, and wear leather, wool, and down, we are responsible for the merciless torture and killing of countless sentient beings.
It is time to sign and send a petition to ourselves: “Dear Me, Please stop hurting animals while pointing the finger at others.”