Friday, 14 March 2014

Thoughts on the Environment/Animal rights.


  • Humans are part of nature  neither parasites on nature nor above animals and other nature.
  • I think some mix of Deep Ecology and Social Ecology is useful. See How Deep is Deep Ecology? by David Watson aka George Bradford.
  • animal rights ties to other struggles like anti-capitalist/Patriarchy/ environmentalism. Intersectionality applies to animals and the environment too.
  • I do not believe in endless economic growth or in endless industrial growth.
  • I'm opposed to wearing of fur or even buying/selling of it
  • I'm opposed to hunting including fox hunting
  • I'm opposed to factory farming/battery hens/ Veal
  • I favour the abolition of zoos- http://www.alv.org.au/issues/whatswrongwithzoos.php  or  http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalsinentertainment/a/Arguments-For-And-Against-Zoos.htm or http://www.animal-rights-library.com/texts-m/jamieson01.htm
  • I believe in Food sovereignty and have a dim critical view of the 'Green Revolution'. Food should be controlled locally from the grassroots i.e. Workers controlled in a co-operative or commune fashion.
  • I'm interested in Degrowth, Eco-villages, Re-wilding, Permaculture, Food Justice, Deindustrialization,Bioregionalism,
  • Book Animal rights by Mark Rowlands.
  • Pratically all animal experiments are untenable on a statistical basis.
  • Attempts to produce lung cancer in animals with an experiment to connect smoking and lung cancer failed (Northrup 1957)
  • Research on animals is time consuming,looking in the wrong places, making wrong connections systematically which is why we're not closer to a cure for cancer.
  • Animals and humans are too different it's unreliable. Even animal testing that was useful caused delays and misunderstandings.Only a small amount of animal research is useful.
  • Connections between Aspartame and Leukaemia are unscientific since results based on rats(Lim et al 2006) to argue for the connection defends animal testing.


  • The problems.

  • anthropocentrism and speciesism are the cause of animal abuse and environmental crisis
  • Patriarchy claims the right to bodies esp womens and speciesism does the same esp with female animals.
  • Descartes is responsible for mind/body dualism harming feminism, human/nature dualism  inspiring speciesism and anthropocentrism, inspires scepticism and quest for certainty etc.
  • Capitalism is reliant on industry/car culture which is reliant on fossil fuels which relies on militarism/war/imperialism which fuels the arms trade and military industrial complex all of which harm the environment even more.
  • Reformism especially regarding the environment or animal rights cannot work. Revolution is needed.
  • Green political parties are more conscious than mainstream parties but are naïve. They are reformist/tend to not be anti-capitalist, lack a class analysis and have all the problems of any political party.
  • Capitalism relies on ever expanding industry technology communication and transport.
  • Industrial revolution marks the beginning of capitalism esp wage labour  industrial continuous growth/consumerism, lack of consideration of consequences of technology, anthropocentrism/specieism, expansion of abuse of animals and environment.
  • Big business control food and monopolise it so we have little control over how food is grown and have little knowledge about food. We need to sort this at the grassroots local level as a start.
  • The introduction of the microwave is not so innocent. While it made things easier it became a status symbol , fed into gender roles and aided big business quick fix microwave meals tied to longer work hours.
  • Our increased technology doesn't truly satisfy human needs or least not in the way it should since capitalism distorts it. Technology is advanced yet we are more stressed than ever.
  • current meat consumption is environmentally destructive. 
  • Vegetarianism reduces animal use but animals are still farmed and used for eggs/milk/furs etc.
  • Use of antibiotics in factory farms is making bacteria more antibiotic resistant.
  • It takes anywhere between 400 gallons to 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound(0.45kg) of meat.
  • Study by Pew commission from UN- globally farmed animals contribute more to climate change than transport- 18% of greenhouse gas emissions./
  • Factory farms waste water and  pollute it more than all other industries combined. Acidifies oceans.
  • Destruction of rainforest and land theft driven by clearing land for crops to raise intensively farmed animals which is a huge contributor to climate change i.e. meat consumption harms the environment and drives climate change.


  • Solutions.

  •  It is absolutely obvious to anyone but the most dogmatic or most naive or the most vested of interests that Capitalism cannot solve any environmental problems. It is a huge part of the cause of them and that regulations will not work. Green Peace and the like fail insofar as they lack a anti-capitalist/ class analysis.
  • An anarcho-communism tackles the problems. There's no consumerism and grassroots democratic control. Keeping a market seems inclined towards consumerism and environmental destruction.
  • An anarchist society to be green would have to be vegan or at minimal vegetarian.
  • An anarcho-communist society with vegan diet and grassroots control would need less fuel.
  • I am not anti-technology nor a technophile. Technology must be controlled from the grassroots not by states or corporations. The consequences of it must be considered.
  • animal rights will never succeed until capitalist/the state etc is gone
  • I think the precautionary principle can be useful(at times) especially applied to technology. The proper approach to technology would be to try to figure out it's consequences before creating it or making it available and consider worst case scenarios and how to avoid it being used for oppressive means. This isn't really done in capitalism.
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