‘We Have Our Voices for a Reason’: Why All Females Have to Stick Together

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

It’s not just human females who have historically been subjugated, oppressed, and abused and had their reproductive systems regulated and controlled. Female animals have suffered many similar injustices—and they are still going on today. This Women’s History Month, let’s let unity cross the lines of race, religion, economic status, and species and advocate for an end to oppression for all of us.

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk explains how:

Cows used by the dairy industry are repeatedly impregnated on what farmers themselves call “rape racks,” only to have baby after precious baby torn away from them so humans can drink the calves’ milk. Even hens on so-called “free-range” egg farms can be crammed into filthy sheds, have their laying cycles manipulated, and are slaughtered as soon as their egg production begins to wane, at around 2 years old.

Female animals killed for their fur are often vaginally electrocuted. In puppy mills, female dogs are shoved into tiny outdoor crates, denied veterinary care, and forced to deliver litter after litter of puppies to be sold. Monkeys, some of our closest relatives, are imprisoned on deplorable breeding farms and forced to breed and deliver babies who will be experimented on.

We can end sexual oppression. Pledge to stand with PETA today, and let’s make this Women’s History Month a real “hen fest.”      

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind