Today, December 10th is International Animal Rights Day.
In 1998, animal rights group Uncaged launched International Animal Rights Day to call for the recognition of a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights, specifically choosing December 10th to coincide with Human Rights Day and draw attention to speciesism.
Giving the basic respect due to all sentient beings takes nothing away from the struggle for human rights.
Everyone, human and non-human alike, deserves fundamental rights to life, freedom, and bodily integrity.
Oppression of animals is no more justifiable than the oppression of humans, and the ‘humans first’ ideology is human supremacism.
Humans are responsible for needlessly enslaving, torturing, and murdering these non-human animals by the trillion every year in the meat, dairy, and egg industries.
The United Nations claims to lead global efforts to achieve peace, dignity, and equality, yet they ignore these industries.
Seventy-two years after the United Nations ratified the Declaration of Human Rights, it’s long overdue that non-human animals get the least they deserve.
End human supremacism.
Non-human animals will have their own day.
And my Comment: Every year over 60 billion animals are killed for human consumption – without counting fish – mostly after a horrific life and mostly in a cruel way!
Anyone who has a glimmer of compassion must feel sick to see what is happening every second.
Even today, 22 years after the introduction of Animal Rights Day, catastrophic conditions in animal holdings, slaughterhouses, animal transports, and much more are documented and revealed again and again.
Even if small successes can be celebrated, there are always setbacks and the daily confrontation with the bitter fact that animals are nowhere in the world considered living beings.
But like humans, animals have rights that cannot be put into perspective or negotiated!
Why should one be allowed to torture someone because they belong to a different species?
The same pain is equally bad, regardless of whether it is experienced by whites, blacks, men, women, children, the disabled, or animals. Species exploitation and discrimination are just as wrong as racism and sexism.
Remembrance days such as Animal Rights Day on December 10th remind us that work and struggle are more necessary and important today than ever.
Animals cannot go to court themselves and stand up for their rights, so they need us.
We will not betray them and will continue to fight for the abolition of their slavery
My best regards to all, Venus