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Friday, 12.09.2014   10:00-10:50   Room A
The movement for the abolition of meat
Yves Bonnardel, Ivora Cusack, David Olivier

Most people think that you shouldn`t kill an animal without good reason. In France, the law forbids the unnecessary killing of a cow, a pig or a chicken.

People are becoming increasingly aware that it is not necessary to eat meat to enjoy good health.

Hasn`t the time come to demand the abolition of meat? Why not make this very simple demand a rallying point for the world animal movement?

Of course we should continue to reveal and denounce the sufferings endured by animals. We should continue to demand an end to the worst practices, such as battery cages, mutilations, force-feeding, and bull fighting. We should continue to show that they are as sensitive as we are. We should continue to criticize speciesism, and to promote vegetarianism and veganism.

However, this is not enough. Now we must begin to clearly demand the abolition of meat.

We are afraid to put this idea into words, it seems too unrealistic. We don`t want to appear fanatical.

We are wrong. Wrong in thinking that all meat-eaters approve of slaughterhouses. Wrong to suppose that people are not ready to listen to this demand, let alone debate the issue.

In the eighteenth century human slavery was legal and an essential part of the colonial economy. To even contemplate abolishing this historic custom seemed at the time a fanciful notion.

We should be inspired by the activists who got organized to make slavery illegal.

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