2017 has already has already given us enough non-advocacy from “animal rights activists” to last us a lifetime. Underground campaigns, “bearing witness” to animals in slaughter-trucks, new “humane certified” seals of approval – and we’re not even in February yet.
This latest development – as reported in Farmers Weekly – has taken things to a whole new level. They’ve been on the ground, they’ve been subterranean, and now, “activists” are airborne with the use of drones.
Why? Well, we’re not quite sure. They’re either RC racing enthusiasts who are terrible navigators and who ended up in the wrong field, or they’re “animal advocates” deluded by the mainstream “animal movement” into believing that “exposing cruelty” is an effective form of activism. Unfortunately, as much as I’d love for this to be a misunderstanding involving an RC drone race, this is “animal activism” in the 21st century. What that means is you can think of the most outlandish and counterproductive idea possible and still be praised for it so long as you’re doing it “for the animals.”
Drones or “aerial vehicles” have been flown over a pig farms in Nottinghamshire, England, purportedly “gathering information.” Unless you’re intent on perpetuating the welfarist notion that it’s not the use of animals that presents us with a moral problem – it’s merely how they are treated during the process of our using them – then this is nothing but an exercise in adding further torment and stress to the already miserable lives of pigs.
People do not need to be shown how animals are routinely treated – which, as economic commodities will necessarily involve treatment we would consider torture in the human context – in order to educate them about why we shouldn’t be using animals as resources in the first place. Focusing on treatment merely perpetuates the false 19th century idea that animals do not care that we use and kill them, they only care about how they are treated in the process.
These little drones are perpetuating that 19th century speciesism by assuring the public that treatment should be the sole moral concern and that animals do not care about their lives so long as they are not “abused.” For those controlling these vehicles, I suggest taking up drone racing as a hobby instead of perpetuating the systems of oppression that result in normalised animal exploitation.