This is an example of our moral compartmentalization. We witness every day in the media, in life etc.
On a Facebook page which posted this photo of a moose and his human friend, 2000 members “liked” this photo and shared it hundreds of times and made many positive comments. Yet if we were to ask any of those members who “liked” this photo if they were vegan (Vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons), I’m sure it’s unlikely even one of those members were.
The photo’s caption says the moose’s name is “Giant Jack”. He is six feet tall, weighs almost 1,000lbs and is apparently very protective of his human friend Vanessa. His human friend has looked after him since he was 3 days old. Most likely “Giant Jack’s” mother was murdered for entertainment. Murdering moose in Alaska for entertainment and “food” is common. The caption says that “Giant Jack” plays tag and runs, and takes walks around the grounds of the “Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre” in Portage. The caption says Vanessa and three year old Jack are apparently inseparable. Vanessa is probably not vegan either.
All nonhuman animals love life. They form emotional relationships, they have their likes and dislikes, they have their own personalities, they have different skills and abilities than we do, they love their young and do not want to be tortured murdered and exploited. The 150 million nonhumans we torture and murder each day on the planet (not including sea animals which is a much great number) are all individuals just like “Giant Jack” who loved life and did not want to die. We just choose to ignore their sentience or their moral value for trivial reasons, for pleasure and when our acknowledgement is inconvenient.
56 billion nonhumans are tortured and murdered each year, mostly because “they taste good”. Many many more billions of sea animals are tortured murdered mostly for the same reason. Let’s bring nonviolence into our lives and stop this nightmare of unjustifiable violence. Please go vegan http://www.VeganKit.com
Further reading: They’re all Bill and Lou