Vol. 1, no. 1, 6-12
Author: Linda Rousseva
University College Utrecht, Utrecht University
This paper argues that the violent way in which animals are treated currently mirrors the treatment of discriminated human groups in the past with, for example, racism, sexism and anti-Semitism. In this, it incorporates the ideas of Nibert (2013), who argues for a link between the domestication and exploitation of animals for labor, transport and food and violence in human culture. A case study of anti- Semitism during WWII is used to examine how blurred the line is of what kind of violence and exploitation is acceptable towards which humans and which animals, and how this violence is normalized and accepted in cultures at any given time. Finally, the detrimental psychological and criminological impacts of slaughterhouse employment are addressed. The paper concludes by suggesting that there is a strong indication that a movement away from animal violence could help create a healthier future for the world.