Area 51 is a decoy! We’re storming the wrong location
It’s all over social media and even mainstream media, we’re storming Area 51 with 600,000 people and counting. We all said so on the Facebook event page, which is pretty much the shitposting equivalent of swearing under oath. So, there’s no going back now, this is happening. We will seize those spaceships and free our alien brethren! Or should we rethink our plan and storm another location instead?
Aliens and Earthlings
Don’t get me wrong, I love aliens as much as anyone else who’s seen Independence Day and I’d like nothing more than to get Predator’s autograph before getting shot in the face for trespassing on government property. I just think that, as much fun as it is to plan the invasion of a hypothetical alien base, there are other beings who we should focus our attention on first.
Let’s take a step back and consider what draws us to alien invasion movies so much. In part, it’s because aliens look cool and they come with special skills and gadgets, but that’s not what gives these stories a heart. Good alien invasion movies draw us in and leave a lasting impression because they are rooted in two things: They allow us to look at ourselves from an outsider’s perspective, and by giving everyone on our planet a common enemy, they allow us to focus on our similarities instead of our differences. I’m sure you remember the speech in Independence Day where the president says the fourth of July will become the entire world’s Independence Day.
But the reality is that if actual aliens were to arrive on our planet today, their outsider’s perspective would be very different from what is portrayed in those movies. They would look at the earth and see a prison planet. And I don’t mean that in the Alex Jones sense of the phrase, I mean it in the literal sense. Everyone on this planet is an Earthling, and what they would find is one type of mammalian Earthling imprisoning a whopping 94 percent of all other mammalian Earthlings and 70 percent of all feathered Earthlings. They would discover that this one type of Earthling has less than 8 billion members, but keeps a constant number of over 22 billion other Earthlings imprisoned, while hunting down countless more in the oceans.
Furthermore, they would find that this type of Earthling treats those other Earthlings worse than they treat rapists and murderers of their own kind. They would find that this type of Earthling kills over a billion fellow Earthlings in the oceans every day and over a billion imprisoned Earthlings every week, before they can reach even 10 percent of their natural lifespans. They would find that the reason this type of Earthling does all of that is so they can eat the bodies and secretions of their fellow Earthlings, despite already growing enough crops to feed themselves and not having any nutritional need for bodies or secretions. They would find that the only motivation behind this mass imprisonment and killing is that this type of Earthling likes what the bodies and secretions of those other Earthlings taste like.
If you think about this, you can’t actually blame the invading aliens in all those movies for thinking we’re the bad guys. Maybe the reason they’re all focused on attacking humans is because they want to liberate the Earth?
Parallels with Area 51
Of course, you were already aware that we are keeping animals in captivity, killing them and eating them. But if you’ve never really considered the fact that it’s happening on such a large scale or that it’s completely preventable, you’re not the only one. Most people have never considered that, and the government actually has a lot to do with that. All the urban myths about the government covering up the truth in Area 51 are actually applicable to the animal industries around the world.
Before I address the censorship, it’s important to mention that governments subsidize the animal industries heavily. I’m talking about billions of dollars every year in the US alone. They do that despite knowing full well that the animal industries are bad for the environment and that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has long declared that we don’t actually need animal products in our diet. You don’t need them, I don’t need them, pregnant women don’t need them, children don’t need them, and athletes don’t need them either. If you do it right, living without animal products can actually have significant health benefits.
But governments aren’t interested in that. They still continue to promote animal products in their dietary guidelines. And as if that’s not bad enough, they also actively obstruct the animal industries’ competitors. We’re talking about blatant censorship here. Let me illustrate with an example. A German company called TofuTown sold a plant-based alternative to cheese called “Veggie Cheese,” clearly indicating that there was no dairy in it, but the government stepped in and made it illegal in the entire European Union to use the words milk, butter and cheese in any way to refer to plant-based products. This means that you literally cannot call soy milk “soy milk” anymore. This kind of censorship is ongoing and happens all around the world. Only two weeks ago Mississippi passed a law forbidding grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers” and vegan hotdogs “vegan hotdogs.” And just to make sure no grocery store dares to defy them, they made it punishable with actual jail time.
You might think it’s strange that governments are so protective of the industries that treat chickens, pigs and cows in ways that would be illegal if done to dogs or cats, but I have yet to tell you about the strangest part: Ag-gag laws.
In an impressive display of mental gymnastics, governments around the world have taken the standpoint that animals in the industries should not be abused, but that killing them is definitely not abuse. But, of course, when the entire industries are built on killing animals, they attract a lot of people who don’t like animals. Combine that with a financial incentive to spend as little money as possible on each animal and you get industries where many animals are treated horribly during their short lives. So horribly, that whistleblowers and undercover filming have become constant factors in the industries. The goal of these whistleblowers is purely to raise awareness of the abuse. But, of course, this directly conflicts with the industries’ goal of selling more animal products. So, various governments have implemented ag-gag laws. Ag-gag laws are laws that make it illegal to film the abuse. The purpose of these laws is to protect the animal abusers. If you work in the animal industries and you see a colleague torturing an animal then you are not allowed to film that, or else you are the criminal. In the US twenty-five states have attempted to pass these laws and so far six of those states have succeeded.
Storming the animal industries
Because whistleblowers have continued to do the right thing despite the risks, we now have an accurate view of the standard practices in the animal industries. A lot of undercover footage was used in the groundbreaking documentary Earthlings, which was narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and came out 14 years ago. Since then, multiple other documentaries with more recent footage have come out about the industries. The most recent one is Dominion, which came out last year. It’s available for free and I strongly recommend you watch it.
Social media, and in particular live streaming, have also given rise to new forms of activism and storming the animal industries is one of them. There are several activist organizations that do this and I want to introduce three of them to you, or actually two and one that’s related but different.
Let’s start with the one that’s different. It’s called the Save Movement, and they don’t actually storm anything, but they visit the slaughterhouses when animal transportation trucks arrive. They stay within the confines of the law and actually ask permission from the slaughterhouse owners. Their goals are to bear witness to the animals who are about to be killed, to comfort them as best as possible, and to raise awareness of their suffering.
The second one is called Meat the Victims. This is technically more of a formula than an organization, no one is officially in charge. Their tactic is to pick a random factory farm and enter it unannounced with a large group of people. They live stream everything so as many people as possible can see the horrible conditions animals live in at typical factory farms. While they occupy the factory farm they take care of sick and wounded animals.
The third organization is called Direct Action Everywhere. They organize open rescues and mass actions. They go further than Meat the Victims, as they will actually take animals out of the industries and temporarily shut down slaughterhouses by occupying them and chaining themselves to machinery. This short video shows the storming of a duck slaughterhouse.
Should you storm the animal industries as well? That’s a decision only you can make. But do yourself a favor and at least watch Dominion. You don’t want to go through life being manipulated by the government. See with your own eyes what goes on in those industries and realize that you have a choice as a consumer. Every time you buy an animal product you are paying them to keep doing what they’re doing, but you can withdraw your support at any time. If you want to stop supporting the animal industries but need some guidance, I welcome you to read my free e-book Questioning Meat and sign up for the free Challenge 22.