human exploitation

anonymous asked:

Do you actually care about their struggles being co-opted or just being insulted?

Vegans get all sorts of insults and accusations spewed at us, this is nothing new. I’ve been a vegan for six years. I’ve heard every accusation and insult in the book; I don’t get an emotional reaction from most of them anymore. 

The co-opting, and not to mention the ignoring of other human rights issues in the food industry, is why I’m so furious about this one. It’s always about vegans not caring exploited workers. It’s never about pretty much everyone turning a blind eye to a massively ignored issue. It’s never about people who harvest the grain for the “food” animals who eat much more than us. It’s never about people who work in slaughterhouses, one of the most physically and psychologically dangerous jobs that is often occupied by exploited POC.

It makes it glaringly obvious that it isn’t about overworked/underpaid people; it’s just a jab at vegans. If it wasn’t, posts about human exploitation in the food industry that doesn’t involve vegans would regularly reach the same 1,000+ note counts. But they don’t. It doesn’t even create people who care about the issue. It creates privileged people who sit on their computer and go, “Haha, vegans are so shitty. *clicks reblog*” and that’s the end. 

It’s completely fair to criticize people and make them aware of human exploitation in the food industry. It’s gross and immature to take someone’s struggle and rarely do anything but use it as a weapon against people you don’t like. 

Speciesism - The idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals. There are 8.7 million other species on the planet. Humans have justified harming non-human animals and their environment because our goals are seen as more important than their right to live. It is time to become equals with the other beings on this planet! Earth is just as much theirs as ours.

Australian 7/11 stores severely underpay employees

They don’t pay minimum wage or penalties, even though the shifts are long and sometimes are robbed one store was robbed twice in one day. The workers are often foreign and aren’t told their rights or what the wage is supposed to be.

This isn’t the first time 7/11 has been caught exploiting people American 7/11 has been caught using Pakistani people who were human trafficked and kept working at the stores under threat of deportation by the franchise owners.

When you bring up human exploitation and/or the animal extermination for crop harvesting as an argument against animal rights do you realize that it’s basically like you stumbling upon a zone of hurt people that need help and people are telling you that they need help and going “well I don’t have to help these people because there are other victims involved, you are also hypocrites for asking me to help these people when others are suffering” and not just this, do you realize you easily help them if you were able? If all that was need was willpower you could do it? You could at least not assume we don’t care about people, or that we care more about animals.
Please get that skewed idea out of your head when you respond to me calling you out on your use of their equally valid struggles *solely* as an excuse to tear down another equally real problem, that is an essential tactic of bigotry; taking away from something because you see it as less. If you act as such, your bigotry is against animal-kind.

anonymous asked:

You're almost convincing me to go vegan,but I was thinking and if you get rid of animal cruelty,you contribute to slavery and human exploration in plantations (as cruel as slaughterhouses). How do you feel about that?

I never tried to ‘convince’ anyone to go vegan, im only putting my views on my blog cause i simply can :) But im glad youve taken notice <3 

In the plant food industries, humans are in NO way harmed (or slaughtered) in a way thats comparable to how animals are. Veganism is about minimizing as much pain as possible. But if you really are concerned for those working in slavery for your food (which, by the way, you would be currently contributing to BOTH as a meat eater), buy local! Or make sure you aren’t buying food from countries that are known for human slavery and exploitation. It’s that simple :)


“Many of the clothes available in our high street shops have been manufactured in sweatshops, factories that routinely pay their workers less than the minimum wage, and prevent the formation of unions to campaign for better working conditions.

Sweatshop is a light-hearted game, but it’s based upon very present realities that many workers around the world contend with each day.

Littleloud and Channel 4 worked with experts on sweatshops to integrate some of these realities into the game design.

In addition, there are numerous facts and figures spread throughout the game, highlighting the plight of the workers who may well have made the clothes you are wearing today.

Read on for more information about the truths behind Sweatshop (with the relevant sources). Visit sites such as Labour Behind the Label, War On Want, Fairtade and No Sweat if you’d like to get involved in campaigns to improve the plight of workers around the globe.”


YEAR: 2011

INFO: Online, free



Child Soldiers (Uganda) [Global Conflicts series]

“More than 25.000 children have been abducted to serve as child soldiers in local armies in Uganda. Why is this happening and how can justice best be ensured?  You arrive in Uganda on a dry and dusty road. You work for the International Criminal Court and are sent on an assignment in Uganda, to meet with the feared leader of the rebel Lord´s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony. Two decades of brutal civil war betwen government forces and the LRA has driven 1,7 million people into camps. Since 2006, the Ugandans have tried to negotiate peace with Kony. Now the ICC has put out arrest warrants for him but he refuses to talk peace. Can you make him change his mind?”

DEVELOPER/DESIGNER:  Serious Games Interactive

YEAR: 2008

INFO: Online, 20 days-free trial for teachers. Single user 9,95 EUR. Class set (30 users) 49,95 EUR. School set (+250 users) 79,95 EUR


The Indicator: Will We Stay Silent? The Human Cost of Qatar’s World Cup

This evident report from the prestigious architecture blog *Arch Daily*. Its really an interesting and well researched recap of human explitation beforehand the 2022 FIFA World Cup Quatar. But it’s not only the behaviour of the Qatar officials, its especially the attitude of the FIFA, which unsettles:

At a FIFA executive committee meeting held in Zurich on March 20, FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated, “We have some responsibility but we cannot interfere in the rights of workers.” Likewise, local FIFA organizing committee in Qatar says workers are not their responsibility.

For me, that’s really a shocking statement!

Sweatshops (Bangladesh) [Global Conflicts]

“Around 4,9 million children in the age 5-14 years are working in Bangladesh. Child labour is a part of a vicious cycle, with poverty as a main cause as well as a main consequence. Why are these children working and what are their alternatives?

You arrive in Bangladesh to investigate a case of child labour in a tannery in the nations capital, Dhaka. You work for the European Leatherwear Industries. A couple of days ago, you received an e-mail from a woman that claims she has spoken to a girl that works in the tannery. You have to investigate the case and find proof of child labour as well as coming up with a solution that will not damage the tannery or your company. Should you stop buying leather form the factory knowing that it will probably shut down? The more information you gather, the better you stand in the final interview with the factory owner. ”

DEVELOPER/DESIGNER: Serious Games Interactive

YEAR: 2008

INFO: Online, 20 days-free trial for teachers. Single user 9,95 EUR. Class set (30 users) 49,95 EUR. School set (+250 users) 79,95 EUR  



Windfall: The Oil Crisis Game

“Windfall: The Oil Crisis Game is a real-time business simulation game developed by David Mullich in 1980 for the Apple II. Based uponqueuing theory and released after the 1979 energy crisis, the game puts the player in the role of chief executive of Engulf Oil, setting gas prices and worker salaries, monitoring gas station lines, scheduling oil tanker arrivals, and negotiating oil prices with OPEC countries in a race against the clock to maximize profits. As with most Edu-Ware games, Windfall has an educational aspect, demonstrating the delicate balance in complex systems.”

DEVELOPER/DESIGNER: David Mullich, Edu-Ware (U.S.A.).

YEAR: 1980

INFO: Downloadable, free