For decades, testing on nonhuman animals has been considered standard practice in order to develop medications and ensure that consumer products are safe for humans. However, not only is this patently unethical, whatever the reason it is being done, but also there now exist several more accurate methods of testing and research that do not involve abusing nonhumans.
An important strategy in the propaganda used to oppress inferior groups is a concerted assault on the identity of those groups. The fictions of animal identity covered in this chapter have been enormously successful at distancing us from the animals we exploit. If we think of farmed animals at all, we are most likely rationalizing away why they don’t matter, why they shouldn’t be given the same consideration as other animals, and even why they deserve their fate.