“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas … The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production.” -Karl Marx
On Friday, I had my students categorize 19 picture word walls. Most kids put all the nonhuman animal cards into an animal group. I approached a pair of kids and asked how they were grouping the cards. Two eight year olds looked at me and said, “This is a group of things people sell“. These were the cards in their group:
Lost for words I walked away to process what they had said. A few seconds later I walked back to their table to ask how these are sold. They said people sell and buy ocean animals at the store to eat them and animals are sold at pet shops.
Their ideas confirm how the ruling class – the 1% – normalizes the eating of animals. After all, on November 2012, the sales of meat for 2012 exceeded 33 billion dollars. Indoctrination of children equates with more consumers, more profit, and upholding the status quo as the rich get richer and the poor are exploited in slaughterhouses and unconsciously eat meat at the expense of more than 11,047,490,732 pounds of tortured, murdered, dead animals.
As an individual I am creating a very tiny, barely noticeable dent in the loss of profits by boycotting factory farming. Collectively we can do a lot more and put an end to the exploitation of lives for profits.
Boycott Factory Farming! Go Vegan!