Can I stick a needle in your eye?
Can I cut out your teeth?
Can I drop you in scalding hot water?
Can I remove your skin?
Can I stick you with an electric prod?
Can I drill a hole in your head?
Can I infect you with diseases?
Can I cut off your toes?
Can I stick a hook in your mouth?
Can I slit your throat?
Can I put chemicals in your eyes?
Can I drown you?
Can I stomp on your head?
Can I transport you across country in extreme temperatures?
Can I shoot you with a bolt gun?
Can I shove a stick up your rectum?
Can I dismember you while you’re alive?
Can I jab you with a bullhook under your neck?
Can I slam you against a wall?
Can I beat you over the head with a hammer?
Can I cram you in a gestation crate?
Can I kick you in the face when you can’t walk?
Can I stop you from ever lifting your arms?
Can I artificially impregnate you the rest of your life?
Can I force you to sleep in your feces when you’re sick?
Can I shred you into pieces in a grinder?
Can I drag you to your death?
Can I hang you upside down and drain your blood?
Can I sear off your nose?
Can I anally electrocute you?
Can I keep you in a cage your entire life?
Can I force feed you?
Can I steal your children?
Can I keep you from ever turning around?
Can I make you inhale toxic gases?
Can I genetically alter you?
Can I deprive you of contact with anyone?
Can I let you starve to death?
Can I shoot you up with steroids?
Can I abuse you while you scream for mercy?
Can I deprive you of everything that is natural to you?
Can I make you suffer?
Can I end your life early?
These inhumane practices are performed routinely on animals used for food, testing, shows, product development, and experiments. The scientific community agrees that animals feel pain and suffer just like humans. If you don’t believe it, watch them scream. They are not impervious to a needle, scalding water, or a blade. Can you live with yourself knowing that you’re causing animals to endure such unthinkable pain and suffering? If I can’t do these things to you, why is all right for you to pay people to do them to animals? If you didn’t know it happens, you know now. Pretending like you don’t know about it or trying to forget that it happens doesn’t stop it from happening. There is no excuse for not making simple changes in your life.
You don’t need to eat animals to survive.
You don’t need to see animals perform to survive.
You don’t need to buy products made of animals to survive.
You don’t need to buy items tested on animals to survive.
You can change right now.
This isn’t about survival.
It’s about common sense.
It’s about human decency.
It’s about thinking about the impact of your actions.
It’s about showing mercy.
It’s about living a compassionate life.
It’s about animals.
It’s about you.
Andrew Kirschner is a volunteer grassroots animal rights advocate and the organizer of the 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals. He writes for Kirschner’s Korner to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.