Making a Killing

Making a Killing

Bob Torres

Language: English

Pages: 184


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Suggest to the average leftist that animals should be part of broader liberation struggles and—once they stop laughing—you'll find yourself casually dismissed. With a focus on labor, property, and the life of commodities, Making a Killing contains key insights into the broad nature of domination, power, and hierarchy. It explores the intersections between human and animal oppressions in relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism. Combining nuts-and-bolts Marxist political economy, a pluralistic anarchist critique, as well as a searing assessment of the animal rights movement, Bob Torres challenges conventional anti-capitalist thinking and convincingly advocates for the abolition of animals in industry—and on the dinner plate. Making A Killing is sure to spark wide debate in the animal rights and anarchist movements for years to come.

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of their owners. They “belong” to people, or legal entities like corporations in much the same way as any other piece of property. The farmer can sell and buy cows; the vivisector can purchase mice prone to develop certain kinds of cancers; and you and I can buy purebred designer dogs or cats if we wish. To many of us, this seems like an everyday fact of life; we are so accustomed to thinking of animals as our property that we rarely think of the impacts of this legal and social status for

as labor power. When I thought seriously about whether I could continue to cause suffering simply because it was easy and made my life more convenient—even though I had the means to do otherwise—I realized I could not in good conscience. What it comes down to is this: if we are serious about social and economic justice and reject a world view where “might-makes-right,” then we must expand our view to everyone—especially the weakest among us. There can be no half-justice for the weak, or justice

day. Second, the way that the HSUS waged their campaign to win the vote on this initiative is revealing. In their materials promoting the gestation crate ban, HSUS argues that moving to group housing “marginally reduces production costs and increases productivity.”16 The HSUS economic analysis continues on to argue for a variety of benefits for producers, including the notion that “producers who adopt group housing …. could increase demand for their products or earn a market premium”17 (emphasis

the day, exhausted, she has nothing left for activism of any kind. When the feminist activist goes out with her friends, however, do you think she would tolerate racist jokes around the table? My guess is that for most feminists, racist jokes are seen for what they are: a form of injustice and dominance that seeks to marginalize an other, and which continues a problematic form of exploitation. Thus, the feminist may object to racist jokes and refuse to take part in behavior that maintains racial

Edition,” United Egg Producers (20 February 2007). 35 Ibid. 36 8.8 billion of these alone are chickens, slaughtered as “broilers” according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service,“Poultry—Production and Value 2006 Summary,” (Washington, DC: United States Department of Agriculture, 2007). For more on slaughter numbers, see also National Agricultural Statistics Service,“Livestock Slaughter,”Washington, DC: United

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