Their Future – how do you view animals?


I’ve just watched this short film by Environment Films about various kinds of animal exploitation. It’s 10 minutes long and there are some unpleasant bits on animal experiments etc but nothing too upsetting, and I get upset quite easily. The film is designed to make you think about how your everyday life affects animals – and really how we (the human race) treat animals. Please pop back on here when you’ve watched it and add a comment – I’d be interested to hear what you think and we could get a discussion going.

3 Replies to “Their Future – how do you view animals?”

  1. When watching this film it is not clear whether or not the film maker realises that crop and vegetable production involves killing wild animals during the cultivation and harvesting of crops. For example in this country alone combine harvesters kill many billions of animals every year, and all combined crops, ie. grains, oilseeds, pulses, soya, etc have been harvested by combine harvesters. Ploughs and other cultivators also cause animal deaths, and have done for thousands of years, which is why the eighteenth century poet Robbie Burns noted that the best laid plans of mice and men can be destroyed (the mouse in the poem has her nest and young accidentally destroyed by the poet’s plough). The makers of this Animal Futures film seem to wrongly imply that a vegan diet avoids killing animals but perhaps I have misunderstood the film ?

  2. To Henry Gent: It’s all about intention. Being vegan is not about a quest for personal purity, it is a way of life which recognises the right of all sentient animals to be treated with respect and justice, which means not consuming, wearing, using animals or taking part in activities of their exploitation. It’s about doing the best we can to align our actions with these values and is so much more than just a diet, as this film explains. Although it is true that animals are killed during the cultivation of crops for vegan diets, far more animals are killed during the cultivation of crops for a meat based diet. This is because plants have to be fed to the livestock, and only a small fraction of the food which an animal eats is converted into meat for human consumption. Far fewer animals would be killed during the cultivation of crops if humans ate these crops directly, instead of feeding these crops to livestock. Ultimately, regardless of how hard we try to avoid it, some animals are always going to be accidentally killed in the course of human events, but intention is the key here. We cannot live without using plants but we can on the other hand live perfectly well without causing deliberate suffering (and death) to billions of farmed animals.

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