The Faceless Majority. The Others, Out There.

In Canada alone, over 800 million land animals were killed as food in 2017. They are bred and raised with little thought for their basic needs. They suffer at every step of their ‘production’. They are hidden on the factory farms and behind the walls and barbed wire of the slaughter houses. They are part of the faceless majority. They are the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

Fisheries statistics on the other hand, are measured in ‘tonnes of acquaculture’ which does not usually include wild caught and certainly not considered as individual beings taken in Canada….in 2016 – 200,565 tonnes. Most people do not even think of fish as sentient, probably because they’re cold blooded and lack facial expression. However, scientists are beginning to recognise that fish are indeed capable of anxiety and a whole host and complex range of emotions. They suffocate in the air, on the fish farms and flailing on the decks of boats and ships alike. They are part of the faceless majority. They are the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

Animals killed in, so-called, ‘sport’ hunting involves millions of animals per year; but not counted are the wounded, the ‘not-retrieved’, those killed on ‘game farms’ & in ‘canned hunts’, those killed illegally by poachers or those left orphaned when their parents are killed and as a result, often die too. Hunting involves the infliction of an enormous amount of pain, anxiety and suffering as blood is spilled on the forest floor or on private reserves. Yet the statistics are difficult to find and are not measured in lives, but in license sales, in tourism opportunities, in revenue generation and in dollars earned. They are part of the faceless majority. They are the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

In zoos, circuses, carnivals, race tracks, rodeos and road-side ‘come-ons’ all across the country, animals are used as amusement, entertainment, diversion or ‘sport’. Beyond the curtains of the circus ring, beyond the chutes of the race track and rodeo, beyond the fenced off areas and in the training yards, they are physically and psychologically tormented and spend a shortened life span ‘entertaining’. They are part of the faceless majority. They are the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

The last year that Statistics Canada recorded the number of animals killed so that their pelts could be turned into clothing and trinkets was 2010, when over 3 million animals died and much of that number, about 80%, raised on fur farms. The rest were trapped. This figure doesn’t include animals that are caught in traps by error and are named ‘trash’ by the industry. In the long lines of huts on the fur farms and on the trap lines in the wilderness, there is unimaginable suffering. They are part of the faceless majority. They are the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

Numbers of animals used for experimental purposes in Canada come from (CCAC) the Canadian Council for Animal ‘Care’ (which more correctly should be named Canadian Council on Animal Use). In 2016 that number was over 4 million; but these are only from facilities that are CCAC accredited. Animals in labs are largely kept in small barrren cages for the duration of their lives. Within the walls of the research facility they are isolated to say nothing of the stress, pain and suffering of the actual experimental processes. They are part of the faceless majority. They are the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

Let us stand shoulder to shoulder with those who work to reduce towards zero the imposed suffering and death of those millions, upon millions of animals. We must work to change the hearts and minds of the ones who believe that animals are there for any purpose that comes to hand. By any means necessary and however we can, for the beings removed from our vision; the faceless majority. The others, out there.

Cath