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June 04, 2018 - SALON

Animal rights aren’t a priority — and it’s hard to imagine how they could be in a capitalist economy

Animal rights aren’t a priority — and it’s hard to imagine how they could be in a capitalist economy

We as a species, have not evolved past an economy that renders animal rights at best irrelevant and at worst a dangerous (read: unprofitable) distraction. 

When I say "economy" I refer to any economy in a market-based system, where supply and demand determines pricing and unprofitability is associated with failure. Within such a system, it makes sense that factory farms have become the norm, with the underlying ethic being the one summed up by National Hog Farmer in 1978: 

"The breeding sow should be thought of, and treated as, a valuable piece of machinery whose function is to pump out baby pigs like a sausage machine."

Watch YouTube Video: Smart Pigs vs Kids | Extraordinary Animals | BBC Earth  

GruntVegan: PETA official says it's 'scientific fact' that “pigs are as intelligent as the cats or dogs who share our homes, often times much more so”. “Their intelligence level and that their ability to recognize faces and remember information; it has been compared to the ability of a three-year old human child.”

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