Do Animals Deserve Our Consideration?
Most people who consume animal products and wear their skin do not give it a second thought. They do not notice that they are part of a group of people who share specific beliefs and attitudes around how they view animals. It is taken for granted. It is a given.
In the U.S., people are socialized to believe that it is wrong to kill cats for food and label other cultures that eat cats “barbaric”. At the same time other cultures see those who eat cows and pigs as “barbaric”. Most people are disgusted and disturbed by the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, but have not made the same compassionate connections with the beings they eat, who are bred and slaughtered in the U.S. by the millions each year for food, traditional celebrations, shoes, clothing and other products.
The animals who are killed for food, clothing, etc., share behaviors, emotions and individual personality traits that connect us to them. They, like us, feel pain, pleasure and fear, protect their young and form bonds with each other.