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Thread: Is Zizek in favor of animal rights?

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    I don't really have much to add here, but I think that Veganism should be the norm after the revolution. I consider myself a speciesist and aren't particularly fond of animals, but I cannot justify the potential pain they feel, for the taste of their flesh (whether they are autonoma seems improvable to me). Vegan advocacy within the current system isn't something I necessarily oppose, but I would encourage my comrades to focus upon raising class-conciousness and anti-capitalist action.

    I have noticed a lot of hostility in this thread towards the Vegans and it is both unnecessary and ridiculously transparent. If you want to eat meat, it just seems reasonable to me to be honest about it and not to paint Vegans as awful people, or to assume particular standards that they do not adhere to.

    I haven't really put a lot of thought into how we should treat animals as Communists, but my initial impulse is to just leave them alone. No pets, livestock etc., unless it was the case that they were necesarry. It has pretty much been proven that human beings can get sufficient nourishment from a plant-based diet and many diseases have been linked to the consumption of animal products. Just my thoughts, please inform me if I am being bourgeois or reactionary
    You are being neither bourgeois or reactionary. People who turn all hostile and will name you bourgeois or reactionary for saying that suffer from cognitive dissonance and try to make up anything to make their selves feel comfortable.
    "I am vegan because I have compassion for animals; I see them as beings possessed of value not unlike humans. I am an anarchist because I have that same compassion for humans, and because I refuse to settle for compromised perspectives, half-assed strategies and sold-out objectives. As a radical, my approach to animal and human liberation is without compromise: total freedom for all, or else."

    "It takes no more time to be a vegetarian than to eat animal flesh.... When non-vegetarians say ‘human problems come first’ I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for humans that compels them to continue to support the wasteful ruthless, exploitation of farm animals."
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    No. Remember in Zizek! when the director tells him her whole crew is vegetarian and he makes a dirty face and calls them indulgent or savages or some other type of nice clean Slavic insult? The man is from another time and place, namely the Eternal Realm called communism, but also from Yugoslavia, and over there in the Eternal Realm we eat what the fuck we want because, you know, famine's a real motherfucker.

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