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Towards a Vegan-Based Ethic

Dismantling Neo-Colonial Hierarchy Through an Ethic of Lovingkindness

Micol Kates

The book draws links between colonial and neo-colonial power structures which have sought to maintain hierarchies of dominance, resulting in cruel practices towards people at the bottom of the hierarchy and animals, who, in a colonial mindset, only exist for human gain. To counter these harm-based ideologies, and practices, veganism, as an ethical movement, is seeking to give voice to all those who support animals, and the rights of animals, while also seeking to give a voice to animals themselves. Additionally, veganism seeks to challenge the old-guard power structures and cruel practices perpetuated by colonial and neo-colonial systems associated with the dominant Ego power structure. Vegan ethics represent a shift from the dominant Ego model of human relations represented by a pyramid of power towards an Eco model of human relationships in which all Beings have equal worth and agency.

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12. Animal Entertainment—Fun or Torture?

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12 Animal Entertainment—Fun or Torture?

Non-human animals are routinely used in all ways for human benefit. Animals are used in “entertainment”, such as in circuses and zoos. Entertainment is the most public form of animal abuse, and therefore, people are more able to bear witness to the physical suffering animals must endure to satisfy people. However, while many people bear witness and act to affect change in these areas, there are countless others who see nothing wrong with being entertained by the pain of others. Visiting aquariums, like SeaWorld and MarineLand, and going to circuses fuel the horror stories that describe the suffering of incarcerated animals. What humans consider entertaining is hell for the animals who are forced to act or perform for the amusement of humans or to be on perpetual display as in zoos.

In the report, “Killer Controversy Why Orcas Should no Longer be Kept in Captivity” written by senior scientist for the Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States, Rose exposes the abuses that captive orcas face at the tourist attraction, SeaWorld. It is a place where sea animals such as orcas, seals and dolphins, living in squalid captivity, are forced to perform. Rose explains that many orcas ←51 | 52→die in the captive environment in which they are forced to live, and the overwhelming cause of death is one borne out of anxiety, which leads to infections:

The most common causes of death in...

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