I dislike several of your memes, especially the one with Jessica Valenti. You criticize her for not caring about animal welfare - well, she's a feminist who chooses to be an activist for gender equality. What's the point in saying "WELL SHE SUCKS BECAUSE SHE IS NOT AN ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST"? That she's not being intersectional enough (well, I do believe Valenti isn't intersectional enough regarding women's issues sometimes but).
I do think that people can care about a multitude of issues. I don't think everyone can be an expert in every issue.
Thing is, factory farming is just one of many branches of animal exploitation, and campaigns against factory farming specifically, do not address the inherent problem with reducing sentient beings to objects that can be used and consumed. I’d much prefer major animal rights groups spend their efforts and resources on vegan advocacy rather than exhausting their efforts and resources on campaigns which at most will marginally improve the living conditions of animals, but will ultimately make people more comfortable with animal use, and thus increase sales of animals’ products.
I did not create the meme with Jessica Valenti, and I do admire her activism on behalf of women’s rights. The meme wasn’t created to bash her for her feminist efforts, but to criticize her selfish decision to purchase a puppy from a breeder rather than adopt from a shelter. (Note that it was also a criticism of the responses from her supporters who tried to tie this in with a pro-choice position, which is just all kinds of wrong, and ironic.)
As for the memes featuring FemFreq, I created those in criticism of her condemning fictional depictions of violence while being perfectly comfortable with real-life violence towards living, sentient animals. Not that pop-culture analyses aren’t relevant, but to decry violence in television and film but not actual violence is just…fucked up.
Intersectionality is something that all activists need to work on acknowledging, and vegans are certainly not exempt. I also criticize vegans who stomp on human rights in order to advance animal rights. There is just no excuse for that. As long as we continue to push other marginalized groups down in order to elevate those we are fighting for, there will continue to be this never-ending cycle of oppression. Violence does not exist in a vacuum. As far as I’m concerned, animal rights are human rights.
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