Thursday, December 15, 2011
Why we should NOT petition Facebook to ban videos showing animal cruelty
I see there are quite a few petitions going around asking Facebook to ban videos showing animal cruelty. I for one will NOT sign such petitions, for the following reasons:
1. Why should activists risk their freedom and their necks to obtain undercover videos of factory farms, slaughterhouses, dogfighting, vivisection labs, rodeos, circuses, just to have Facebook ban them from being shown to the public? Are we going to ask Facebook to ban [Meet Your Meat] and [Earthlings]? Are we going to ask Facebook to ban the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition from showing the hunting videos it has painstakingly accumulated over the years to reveal to the public the reality and cruelty of hunting? To illustrate that I mean what I say, here is a video documentation of a Great White Hunter and his African sell-outs killing an elephant with an arrow. You don't have to watch it, but don't ask Facebook to ban other people from seeing it.
2. Why does the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) forbid the taking of these videos in the first place? Because the animal enterprises, which control the government, do not want the public to see their cruelty, so that the public could sleep at night after a chicken dinner, and so that the factory farms and the vivisection labs and the hunting safaris could perpetrate their own brands of cruelty unhindered by any public conscience (except that of the ARAs of course).
3. America is much smarter than China in concealing its cruelty from the public eye. Thus, the prevalence of Chinese-bashing by American Activists and the absence of American-bashing by Chinese activists, and plus, the hundreds of boycott-China groups and zero boycott-America groups.
4. Sir Paul McCartney said, "If slaughterhouses have glass walls, we'd all be vegetarians." These videos render the walls transparent. Now why should we want to ban them, so that these walls remain opaque? Why would we want to censor ourselves?
There are other reasons, but these four should be sufficient.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)