Growing up, I was always taught in school not to discriminate against people based on their gender, ethnicity, class, or sexual orientation. We’re pretty much all raised with those values, right? Well, as I got older and entered adulthood, I started to realize that the same should apply to animals—who suffer greatly.
Today, countless animals face a fate similar to that of humans who were forced into slavery and subjected to other injustices: They’re tortured, abused, and neglected—just as humans once were, and, unfortunately, sometimes still are. Can you believe that over 63 billion animals in the U.S. are slaughtered every year for the food industry? They’re often confined to small stalls or cages and deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them until the day they’re sent to slaughter. How is this fair? In addition to being used for food, animals also suffer at the hands of humans for fashion, experimentation, and entertainment.