Capitalism treats animals horribly, and is both effective and efficient in doing so.
Animal shelters exist in start contrast to the capitalist mindset.
Most, if not all, shelters don’t generate profit. How can they, when only few of us are sympathetic to the plight of non-humans? What little resources they have come from the volunteers’ pockets and from others’ donations.
This means, by nature, they are based on mutual aid. Rescuers strive to lessen the rescued animals’ suffering. At times, people adopt some of the animals to give thenm new homes, giving them a chance at a better life.
Animal shelters continue to build and rebuild new relationships with non-human animals outside of hierarchies and oppression. Even when feral dogs bite back during a rescue attempt, the volunteers understand that responding with violence would not help.
Animal shelters take up real estate. Agents of Profit frown on this; to them, a non-income-generating lot is a waste of space. The State doesn’t like this either; if the shelters can’t pay tax, they’ll cut the utilities. A non-residential establishment should give back to the community, the State and the Capitalists would say. Which is an odd thing to say, knowing what these shelters do.
If you’re a member of animal shelter group, thank you for your work! Please continue rescuing and saving animals. You’re existence shifts the balance of the status quo, and that’s what we all—humans and non-humans alike—need right now.
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