To be an activist, you have to ACT

In order to achieve great things, we must be prepared to take great risks

A reader of my blog recently left a nice comment, saying they didn’t like what I wrote – and why didn’t I feature more images of animal abuse and what people could do about it.

This comment bothered me, for some reason. I think, it was the wanting more images of abuse. I feature enough video clips of some of the most horrendous images most people couldn’t even imagine. To show any more would border on the gratuitous.

But why do some activists still need others to tell them what to do?

There is a reluctance about wanting to take action. Perhaps they are worried about doing the “wrong” thing and being labelled a new welfarist.

If people really believed in the fight for animal rights, they would take up that fight where ever and when ever they saw abuse, cruelty and exploitation.

Only American audiences ask me, “What should I do?” I’m never asked this in third world. When you go to Turkey or Colombia or Brazil, they don’t ask you, “What should I do?” They tell you what they’re doing… These are poor, oppressed people, living under horrendous condition, and they would never dream of asking you what they should do. It’s only in high privileged cultures like ours that people ask this question… We can do anything. But people here are trained to believe that there are easy answers, and it doesn’t work that way. If you want to do something, you have to be dedicated and committed to it day after day. Educational programs, organizing, activism. That’s the way things change. You want a magic key, so you can go back to watching television tomorrow? It doesn’t exist.

Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions, p. 39-40


4 Comments to “To be an activist, you have to ACT”

  1. I myself cannot look at the video clips and I have to scroll past most of the photos to get to the petitions and emails to be sent. I sincerely could not handle seeing the horrors that go on for animals. I know they are happening, and that is enough to break my heart on a daily basis. Although the visual motivation is offered in abundance, I am so very active in yours and countless other animal causes without it. Keep doing things the way you are, and I will be right there beside you doing all I can for the helpless and voiceless….


  2. Good post. And that Noam Chomsky quote at the end was the perfect touch.

  3. i am an activist!

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