Animal Rights for Human Babies (Excerpt)
"Within days of his birth, he is taken from the comfort and security of his mother, he is strapped down against his will and part of his tiny body is cut off with limited to no pain relief. He thrashes in a desperate attempt to free himself and he cries, a devastating cry of distress, a heartbreaking plea for help, but no one responds and the cutting continues. Is this a day at a factory farm or a day in an American hospital’s maternity ward?
We all have some degree of awareness that there is animal suffering in this world. My guess would be that the majority of us on this holistic journey take measures to help reduce animal suffering, whether that is through a vegan lifestyle, a vegetarian diet, meatless Mondays, boycotting the circus, adopting shelter animals, or the many other ways that we can help create less suffering for the animals who share our planet. And, while the idea of rights for animals has finally come to the forefront of societal conversations, the idea of a human baby’s right to bodily autonomy is just beginning to show up on Americans’ radars.
Like the meat and dairy industry, circumcision has become so engrained into American culture, people don’t often stop to question the morality of the practice; however, once you look through those glass walls, you will discover that circumcision is an unfathomably painful, completely unnecessary, terribly damaging, sometimes deadly, immoral violation of a living being’s rights..."
- Jennifer Williams