By Martin Cisneros
18 “ Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. 21 This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. (Isaiah 43:18-21)
Some people, when they hear of anything approximating animal rights will liken their own lifestyles to that of various indigenous tribes around the world that rely on animals for their sustenance. Not only is there generally no genuine comparison between the Western World and indigenous tribes, philosophically or morally, but animal exploitation for pleasure, profit, convenience, entertainment, research, and other forms of ongoing cruelty are at the end of running their course. Within 2 centuries, at the absolute maximum, I suspect, indigenous tribes aren't going to be relying on animal kind in equally barbaric ways.
Killing is still killing.
For us to see a change, even among the indigenous tribes, it requires the elevation in the standard of living of all of us, for food, real food, and water supplies to be easier to come by, and all of the other improvements that are in the works.
As a Bible believing Christian, I'm basing my views predominantly on a Postmillenial view of Scripture where from my own personal studies of Bible prophecy, I'd be very very deeply surprised if this cruelty to animals went beyond this century.
Dr Richard Ryder attributes a lot of the western mentality about animals to Thomas Aquinas, citing Church history where the Church had a lot of “Animal Liberation Front” leanings during it's first millennium, as he documents in "Animal Revolutions: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism."
The Church had a good millennium, fell off the wagon on the animal cruelty issue for the second millennium, but I believe will not disappoint in the 3rd millennium, though I realize how much of a minority point of view that is. But again, I'm a Bible prophecy student that's getting more and more excited by what he's seeing and is simply trying not to make the errors of others with date setting that others have made on other subjects for "when."
Even the tribal animal cruelties won't always be around, and not necessarily because of their becoming ""more civilized"" but because of the increase of resources and the increase of the ready availability of resources that if we're not confining our views to the next 50 years, but are thinking more long-term and are willing to entertain the remote possibility of not all of it coming by purely secular means, then all of us know in our hearts that more than enough technologically, and in every other form of human progress is going to ultimately triumph over every animal cruelty on the planet, although it's unfortunately been a bloodier war than it should have ever had to have been.
But while the animal cruelty paradigm is allowed in any kind of relativistic thinking, then the same logic protects and defends that on the other side of the world where humans are concerned. Trafficking in human slavery is making a very startling comeback where there's more human slavery going on today, actual slavery, not just someone works at Walmart and is on slave wages for all of that. No, actual slavery as in the Amistad movie or the Amazing Grace movie is more prevalent today than in previous centuries!
Those two philosophies: animal cruelty and human slavery go together. You can't have one without the other. That's why both have to fall for there to be any kind of genuine liberty on the planet. I'm not talking about economic grievances over the “haves and have nots,” but this whole issue of being able to do with others what one wants, if one is able to gain the upper hand. This will pass from humanity when it's not allowed on any level, whether between us or towards other species.
The whole “exploitation of others” worldview is destined to fall, whether one approaches this from my perspective or simply has an optimistic Star Trek view of the future with the kind of progress humanity will make. On the animal issue, the people we really have to work with in mass are breeders who make economic profit on having x-number of animals per year so that we can have this kind of exploitation. If cows, pigs, chickens, and other populations of these animals weren't bred in a way or from a perspective that isn't sustainable without exploitation so that the cows and these other animals have to, in some way, justify their existence and right to be cared for by the cash that they can bring, which then creates the vicious cycle, then the battle on this front would be 75% won.
Besides: wanting to ask about tribal usage of animals around the world, and trying to infer from it anything just is like wanting to talk about tribal usage of any other sin around the world. Romans says where there is no law, there is no sin, yet at the same time it does help to shorten their lives and the quality of their lives, and conservationist researchers are currently deeply concerned about various species of animals that tribes have been exploiting 'til near extinction and where they've understood how, they've been trying to curtail the amount of killing of these animals. There are consequences even to tribal usage of animals that some have [regardless] tried to hold on a pedestal that wasn't due it.