Politically Correct: the animal rights edition

As animal rights advocates, we have a duty to communicate animal rights education through evidence-based and enlightened methods.

What does it mean to be politically correct with respect to animal rights activism?

I recently found myself in a situation where I was unable to decide what to say vs what not to say.  It is often said “be politically correct.” Well, I recently learned that it can be challenging to do that with topics that we care about most.

NOW. think of this blog post as an attempt to try to understand what it means to be politically correct in a non-animal activism friendly environment.

I think it can be helpful to first educate oneself on the issue from both points of view… including the opposition, this means being totally open about learning more about the views of people from the opposite perspective.

before we begin deciphering the two let’s differentiate two terms.

Animal Rights VS Animal Welfare. 

Animal Rights – rights believed to belong to animals to live free from use in medical research, hunting, and other services to humans.

Animal Welfare –Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment

So, how does one ensure to be politically correct when advocating for animal rights?

Accepting the doctrine of animal rights means:

  • No experiments on animals
  • No breeding and killing animals for food or clothes or medicine
  • No use of animals for hard labour
  • No selective breeding for any reason other than the benefit of the animal
  • No hunting
  • No zoos or use of animals in entertainment

 

For years extremists have been trying to fight the system with violent protests, graphic demonstrations, and other methods that intrude on the lives of others with these methods making people uncomfortable purposefully and pretty much getting nowhere with animal rights advocacy and education.

My argument is that we need more controlled methods of animal rights education to communicate our point across and get people on our side. The only way we are going to do that is through peaceful protests, leafleting, information booths, panels, workshops, expert talks, We have some non-profit animal rights organizations that do just that and successfully educate the public through these types of well-rounded methods.

Having said that, we need to find some ways to stay impartial when discussing this heavy handed topic because for some of us this may be our “life” and everything we work so hard for. I have made up some tips to maintaining a controlled conversation for both parties on this topic

  • Do allow people to speak their minds on the subject
  • Listen carefully and ensure to hear the content of their speech
  • Try to take the “F” out (feelings). Although it may be hard to stop emotions temporarily, it does not mean oppressing your passion towards animal rights advocacy but simply taking out the negative feelings that cause unwanted conflict with others.
  • Refer to real scientific based evidence in regards to vegan/vegetarian life style (i.e. I recently read in [insert name of scholarly journal here] that [insert animal advocacy fact here])
  • IF you know that the information the other party is bringing to the conversation is false or uneducated then don’t react right away. Reacting immediately to emotional triggers can be an immense mistake. Instead, take a few moments to formulate your thoughts and ideas and respond after that time or let them know you understand their opinion but would have to do more research on the subject to comment.
  • No comment is sometimes the best comment. Whether you know lots about the subject at hand or not, the best thing to do is sometimes to stay silent. Some say silence is a sign of intelligence. It does not mean conforming to the other person opinion but simply builds the image that animal advocates can be understanding and well-rounded individuals who are willing to hear other opinions. It makes others want to listen to what we have to say.

Try these useful tips at your next gathering in conversation and I am sure that you will less often feel targeted and stressed.

Thank you readers!

 

Happy Sunday.

-Avital

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The Glitz and Glamour

 

There been many discussion on social media about ‘Bell’s Let’s Talk’ Campaign, I decided to put my effort into advocating for mental health awareness and ensure that not just people in my life knew but anybody who ever crosses my path is informed.

Lately through interactions with people, I see that compassion and empathy are rare to find in people. I don’t recall the last time I came a cross a person who genuinely invested effort into an interaction purely out of interest, to learn more about the likes/dislikes, values, and goals in life of another human being.

When was the last time you heard someone say “are you okay?”

This is another potential issue that needs to be explored on behalf of us little people. We may not truly understand it now. But even those living in the glitz and glamour, those known as celebs are still battling/ struggling with the same mental battles that us little people are. They portray it in other ways.

Read between the lines, even G-Eazy’s new up and coming track “Me, myself, and I” is an nexus built as a call for help, or an indirect message to people that something is wrong. That he is tired of “turning up” a slang term known for partying amongst today’s young adults. We may look up to them or look at them as unreachable, but what it comes down to is we are all people. Each one of us is composed of the same basic biological matter.

Yeah, and I don’t like talking to strangers
So get the fuck off me I’m anxious
I’m tryna be cool but I may just go ape shit
Say “fuck y’all” to all of y’all faces

It changes though now that I’m famous
Everyone knows how this lifestyle is dangerous
But I love it the rush is amazing
Celebrate nightly and everyone rages

He touches on the issue of people who simply stay in his life to benefit themselves only. They continue to be present in his life and not because they care about him but just because they have found how to use him for his fame, and money.

It’s clearly stated there. He wants to break off from the world and sulk in his own space.

At this time it is really important to identify who is truly, genuinely and honestly there in your life for YOU, and who is there just to benefit for themselves. Either way, remember, your mental health sits higher than anything else in your life. That new job, the new car, social get togethers, events, classes, work. Put yourself first. Always remember that in the end, you are going to be there for yourself. It IS nice to have a support system, but sometimes you are the only one who has yourself, so as the song goes….

It’s just me, myself and I
Solo ride until I die
Cause I, got me for life

Talk to someone if you feel like something is wrong.

This is a very important issue to me personally, and also because of important individuals in my life who have been victim to mental health struggles.

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Thanks for reading if you did.

Stay strong

Avital Azarov

CBC tour: October 25, 2012.

On Thursday, October 25th, My Production Techniques class went on a tour of the CBC studios with John Northcott. We got a chance to see how everything works, where the morning show is filmed, the radio shows and see everyone at work!

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As an introduction to the studios, this picture seemed appropriate. Seeing this sign made it sink in as to how real the experience was.  Continue reading →