Comprehensive humane education is based on human rights, animal protection, and environmental stewardship as equally important and interconnected issues of social justice. But social justice has long been considered by many to be the territory of human concerns.
The Vegan Society recently created this short video to promote animal protection (specifically veganism in this case) as an important connection to our history of social justice movements, from the emancipation of slaves, to women's suffrage, to civil rights. Watch the video:
This little video serves as a great teaching tool. It introduces the concept of animal protection as an important and connected social justice issue and invites viewers to become history-makers. It can also spark discussion about whether equating the animal protection movement with other human-centered justice movements is effective, as some people interpret such comparisons (e.g., comparing conditions for factory farmed animals with those of slaves or Holocaust victims) as degrading to humans.
You could pair this video with images and text from Marjorie Spiegel's The Dreaded Comparison for a more in-depth discussion of the commonalities of suffering, oppression, and exploitation.
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