Me and Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. She’s one of the most important animal rights author/activist alive now.
Her presentation was simply amazing. Life. Made.
I had the opportunity to ask her a question that’s been on my mind a lot lately: how do we reach people in other areas of social justice who don’t take animal rights seriously as an equally important social justice issue. For us, the comparison between different forms of oppression is so obvious, but others take issue with comparing speciesism to sexism, racism, etc. Her answer only scratched the surface of this particular question, but it was still helpful. She said that while we can compare forms of oppression, we have to be sure not to equate forms of oppression. She also reminded me that we always must avoid the tendency to create a hierarchy of oppression, no matter what side of an issue we are on.
Such a wonderful night.