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About the pornography of Meat, Carol J. Adams

This new edition of The Pornography of Meat by Carol J. Adams just arrived. Very richely illustrated with examples of how women are seen as ‘meat’ and how ‘meat’ or animals raised to be eaten are portrayed as ‘feminine’, sexual, wanting to be consumed. See also the earlier work of Carol J. Adams: The sexual politics of meat. This updated edition of The Pronography of Meat includes a photo from me: a truck from a hatchery company (that ‘incubates’ the eggs and the chicks are sent of to egg-laying companies). The truck shows a cartoon like drawing of three anthropomorphised and female sexualised chickens, with next to them the slogan ‘Girl Power’. Yeah, being forcefully kept indoors, having to lay 300+ eggs a year and being sent of to slaughter when ‘production’ drops is really empowering these female animals. I really cringed when I saw this truck on the highway, and was determined to get a good photo! Luckily, the truck took the same exit as me, so I was able to stand still next …

She was a person

She was a person. She wanted to live โค View this post on Instagram She was a person. She wanted to live โค One of the 15 million mink who are currently being murdered in Denmark. Running for her life, wanting to live, wanting freedom ๐Ÿ˜“ #animalresistance #dierenverzet Denmark is killing (not 'culling', that's a euphemism) 15 million mink in an effort to prevent a mutant of the coronavirus from spreading. The conditions in animal factories (thousands of animals confined together) in the meat and fur industry again and again lead to the outbreak of zoonoses (bird flu, swine flu, Q-fever, …) , and in some cases also spreading to humans (like now). Don't contribute to this system in which animals are seen merely as disposable products. Don't buy fur or other animal products ๐Ÿ˜” For the animals, your health and the environment #vegan ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ #mink #denmark #animalrights #covid #speciesisme #culling #speciesistlanguage #killing # A post shared by trudi_brugesvegan (@trudi_brugesvegan) on Nov 7, 2020 at 5:02am PST One of the 15 million mink who are …

Impressions from Ieperfest 2019. Vegan hardcore music festival

Ieperfest is aย 3-day hardcore music festival,ย just outsideย Ypresย (Ieper, 75km from Bruges, Belgium). Since day one, more than 20 years ago,ย all the food at Ieperfest isย vegan! In previous years, the festival was mid August, but this year it has been set to the beginning of July. We just went for the afternoon, to taste some of the great food, and enjoy the atmosphere. The weather was mild (not too hot, not too cold) and luckily no showers when we were there.

About vegan turkey and voiceless animals. Geertrui Cazaux (IARC 2019)

A couple of weeks ago, I was at the 9th International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg. This conference is held every year at the beginning of September. I attended for the first time in 2018, and then gave a presentation about ableism and ageism in the movement. This year I gave a presentation about Representation of other animals. About vegan turkey and voiceless animals.

The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 by Kathryn Gillespie

The Cow with Ear tag #1389 gives a very good insight into the dairy industry. And also a short analysis in the last chapter on how the different oppressions are connected, and a critique of ethical consumerism (not enough to change the system). Very accessibly written ! (no academic jargon!). Glad I read it. ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ„ The Cow with Ear tag #1389, Kathryn Gillespie, University of Chicago Press (2018).ย 

Animal Resistance. The animals are not voiceless.

The book Fear of the Animal planet, by Jason Hribal (2010) documents the numerous accounts of animal resistance in modern history: elephants and tigers who escape from the circusses and attack their abusers, monkeys who manage to flee from laboratories, orcas and sea lions who show their resistance to captivity and abuse. The zoos, circusses and other facilities uphold a narrative of these being exceptions and very rare occassions, they portray the animals as having gone ‘wild’, denying them agency, they promise to take measures so this can’t happen again, and they strictly control the info that gets out to the public. But as becomes clear from the numerous stories in the book, these are all but exceptions. And the animals certainly do have agency, and they firmly resist their oppression and abuse. They are not voiceless and we shouldn’t portray them as voiceless.

And then this happens … Bacon!

And then this happens … Something is posted on social media about veganism, a poster, meme, or a vegan campaign, or about the living conditions of animals in agricultural industry, or maybe you just posted a comment about your experiences while dining out, and comments like ‘mmmmm, steak!‘, ‘I’ll be putting some more on the BBQ tonight‘ or – like in the meme – ‘Bacon!‘ appear. Or someone posts a photo of a hamburger, hotdog or sizzling animal flesh. I always wonder why they post this. Is it simply because they have nothing meaningful to say? Do those posting such comments really think it adds anything to the conversation (or do they simply not think at all ๐Ÿ˜› )?ย  That they can somehow ‘win’ the meateaters on their hand? Or do they think it’s funny and a way to provoke vegans? (who then even write a blog about it, tsk ๐Ÿ˜‰) I think it may point to some form of anxiety to think these issues through. Not daring or not willing to think about the …