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HY EAT ONE? AND NOT THE OTHER?

The invisible ideology

Have you ever wondered why you consume animal products?

Understanding sentience

What does sentience mean, and why is it important?

Dumb Q & A

Let’s play a game. Whoever makes it to the end of this dumb Q&A session gets a prize.

Why veganism?

I believe that everyone should be embrace the vegan lifestyle and live authentically.

Who is Peter Singer?

You’ve probably heard his name before, but do you actually know who he is?

Fuck the system

Here’s how you can get involved in the fight for animal liberation.


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THE INVISIBLE IDEOLOGY

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Who is Peter Singer?

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Why veganism?

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Understanding sentience

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Dumb Q + A’s

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Hello & Welcome

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s the world becomes entrenched in wealth, meat consumption has increased drastically over the past few years. According to Statista, the USA's and Canada's meat consumption trend is projected to increase. Whatever the statistics are, meat and dairy consumption is increasing drastically, destroying our planet and declaring war on compassion. I created this zine because I am passionate about animal rights and their wellbeing. I believe that sentient beings should be given equal moral consideration. I believe that becoming vegan and vegetarian is important to saving the planet, since animal agri-business is destroying Earth as we know it. I believe that all humans are capable of compassion, and I want to revive that compassion in this zine. There will be sensitive images used in this zine. In order to topple an invisible system, we need to acknowledge the violence it has caused. However, if you are sensitive to these images, feel free to step back and breathe. Take care of yourself, because that's important, too. I acknowledge that I am creating and distributing this zine on unceded Sylix territory.

Paula Tran Editor


Pigs on a disassembly line. Image via Vox.


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THE I NV IS IBL E I DEOLOG Y If vegans subscribe to veganism and vegetarians subscribe to vegetarianism, what do people who eat meat subscribe to?

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reen pastures, happy animals, and kind farmers. These are the images that comes to the mind when you think of a farm. You think that animals are subjecting themselves willingly to farmers, who in turn provide them with care and love. But these images are a lie. In fact, everything you've been told about the meat and dairy industry is a lie. Factory farms are the norm, and meateating is never ethical.

1. Denial: if the problem remains invisible, then there isn't really a problem. Corporations, governments, and educational institutions do this by keeping victims (humans and nonhumans) tucked away from public knowledge. 2. Justification: meat is considered natural, necessary, and normal. Animal vivisection is also considered a necessary evil. However, there are so many healthier and better alternatives available.

I had these idealised images of farms once, until I saw the documentary Earthlings and saw the truth. Factory farming is the norm. Farm animals and workers are being exploited. Chickens, cows, pigs and many more animals are being tortured and confined in tight spaces.

3. Cognitive distortion: we are desensitized from meat and animalproduct consumption. By using coded language such as "pork" or "models", we disassociate the end product from the source. While carnism is invisible and powerful, it can also be made visible and vulnerable. We need to understand that eating meat is a choice, and animal experimentation needs to be altered.

It's not just farm animals that are subjected to this cruel fate. Rabbits, monkeys, and mice are a sample of the many animals used in cruel experiments, or vivisection. Yet, whenever you see a video of these animals, you are told they are treated with respect. Do you really need a floor cleaner that's been tested on rabbit's eyes, though?

Carnism is inherently violent and a capitalist ploy. There is no way to ethically kill an animal. No animal wants to be killed nor abused. We need to stop our selfish desires for the Earth and for the voiceless.

There are three ways that carnism still manages to keep you ignorant:

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FUCK THE SYSTEM Just because they’re the authorities, doesn’t mean they are right. It just means they have power.

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ou can hear the painful shrieks from the angora bunnies as the handler rips their fur from their bodies. Blood, infections, and pus ooze out of the gaping wounds. You see that the fur is being made into coats, but you can hear the screams in the background. Luckily for organizations such as Mercy for Animals, you don't need to go see the cruelty for yourself. But how can something so cruel and painful be tolerated in society?

your taxes are fuelling violent murder and abhorrent abuse. Even more disturbing is the amount of money agribusinesses and corporations spend on institutional research each year. Universities and research institutions are often given grants to fund useless and painful experiments on animals. The most notorious of such experiments is the head injury experiments performed at the University of Pennsylvania, which was funded by the government. However, PETA recovered footage of terrible treatment by the researchers, which led to the defunding of the program by the government.

Humans aren't naturally evil animals. We aren't born as children to be cruel to animals. Infants reject meat when first introduced. These ideals are taught. From children's books to mass media like the television and internet, carnism is being engrained in our minds like a hot iron since infancy. Children are discouraged from becoming vegetarian by their parents. Meat is "healthy, natural, and normal." Browse any grocery store and processed meat products, eggs, milk, and meat are cheaper than vegan alternatives.

We always mock an appeal to authority in debate and serious discussion, but we never realise that we trust authorities too much in our everyday lives. Just because the authorities have power, it doesn't mean they are right about everything. Perhaps it is time to step beyond the blinders and see the government and animal-experiment research labs for who they really are: murderers, abusers, and torturers.

Did you know that the government has been subsidizing animal agribusinesses and food advertising companies for a long time? So many of us are oblivious to the fact that billions of taxpayer money is spent on farm subsidies. That's right, 8


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Who is Peter Singer? Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher whose work in applied ethics covers topics such as abortion, animal rights, and infanticide. While controversial, Singer has a profound impact in Critical Animal Studies, and his work continues to be featured in many course material in the subject.

the founder of the movement. Singer also coined the term "speciesm" where humans believe that they are the pinnacle of evolution. He is constantly questioning our moral considerations, challenging us to see animals as beings that deserve equal consideration since they are sentient and can suffer.

A lot of Singer's work is revolved around utilitarianism. He believes that the best actions are those that maximise happiness and reduce suffering. He believes in animal liberation, and is often called

“If possessing a higher degree of intelligence does not entitle one human to use another for his or her own ends, how can it entitle humans to exploit nonhumans?� --Peter Singer

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WHY VEGANISM? Is the movement just a fad?

Eating dead flesh is disgusting. After watching Earthlings and reading many articles in my Critical Animal Studies class, I have embraced a vegan diet and lifestyle. I used to be a meat-lover, but that all changed with a paradigm shift.

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I reaised how my actions have hurt animals and the environment. After Earthlings, I saw the world differently. Meat became animal carcasses. I saw a world of possibilities with a plant-based diet. The journey was hard, and I am still transitioning, but it's a learning experience filled with amazing opportunities. I am glad that I entered this journey, and my mind feels a lot better now that I'm fully committed to a plant-based lifestyle.

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ecoming vegan may seem like a large and daunting task, but trust me when I say that all of it is worth it. If you truly love animals, becoming vegan is a huge first step. By eliminating animal products, you are living a more authentic life as Dr. Melanie Joy would put it. Start by doing your research. There are so many ways you can tackle the vegan journey, but you have to make sure you have a plan tailored for you. Everyone has different body chemistry, and what may work for others might not work for you. Slowly start eliminating little things from your diet. Go slowly. If you want to go cold turkey, you do you. Your vegan journey is what you make of it. 13


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UNDERSTANDING SENTIENCE What in the world does that mean?

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entience is the most commonly used buzzword in Critical Animal Studies, but not a lot of people know what it means. I admit: I didn't know what "sentient" meant when I first explored this subject. That is the point of the hegemonic carnistic ideology, and that is to render their patrons as ignorant as possible to the suffering of non-human beings. According to Dictionary.com, to be sentient is to be able to be capable of

feeling. While that may be a broad definition, it is generally accepted in Critical Animal Studies that sentience means to be capable of feeling pain and suffering. Pain and suffering are widely debated terms, but it really shouldn't be a controversial topic. Many carnists say that farm animals such as cows and pigs feel pain differently from humans. However, according to the Cambridge Declaration 14


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of Consciousness, non-human animals are able to process emotion, rational thought, and physical feelings just as well as humans can.

disabled humans? ***Language isn't just limited to spoken language, but can be extended to body language as well. Dogs and cats can't talk, yet they have higher moral consideration than many farm and lab animals. Why is that?

What does this mean for animal rights and animal liberation? ***One of the most glaringly obvious connection is with speciesism. If nonhuman animals are able to feel and express emotion, why are we entitled to dominate their life and well-being? Who gave us the right to enslave these wonderful companions?

Sentience is important because it proves that we aren't so different from nonhumans. We all feel pain. After all, in the words of Jeremy Bentham, what is important isn't whether we can think nor feel, but whether we can suffer.

***If carnists believe that animals can't have moral consideration due to the presumed lack of language and rational thought, what about infants and mentally

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DUMB AF COMMENTS, AND MY ANSWERS Because people can be VERY dumb.

Q: Plants feel pain! A: They don't have a central nervous system, so how the fuck can they feel pain? Q: But what about protein? A: I mean, i get them from plants. So many foods have protein and are cheaply available at the supermarket. Q: But what about the lions?! A: we aren't obligate carnivores. Q: SOY DESTROYS RAINFORESTS! A: I mean, a lot of land is convereted to make way for soy production, but most of that soy is redirected to animal agribusiness. Becoming vegan redirects those resources to human consumption, which saves a lot more waste and resources. Q: I eat ethically-raised meat with happy cows and pigs, so that's okay. A: There is no such thing as ethical meat. All meat requires an animal to be killed. There also isn't enough land to provide for this kind of meat, and farmers will find ways to cut forners for profits in the end. Q: But vegans are scrawny and weak. We need meat! A: Um, there are many athletes who are vegan, does that make them weak?

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