Including Animals in Our Circle of Concern

For my blog post today, I’m sharing an essay I wrote that was published on Common, a progressive news site. Here’s an excerpt:
There is no benefit to neglecting the suffering and exploitation of animals in our efforts to end the suffering and exploitation of humans. The systems that perpetuate oppression are the same whether they are perpetrated on human or nonhuman animals. And we should not fail to note the irony that the systems that abuse animals often lead to our own suffering and death.

It’s my fervent hope that all progressives concerned with human rights and environmental preservation will embrace a more expansive ethic that includes other species, and that we’ll come to acknowledge that treating everyone with respect and care – humans, nonhumans, and the environment – is part and parcel of creating a just and healthy world.

We can begin by assessing the ways in which our daily choices, from what we eat, wear, and buy, can be an expression of justice and compassion toward people, animals and the environment, and expand the vision of our activism, volunteerism, and participation in changemaking so that it excludes no one.

Read the complete essay.

For a humane world,

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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