"Occupy Wall Street" Protests Corporate Cruelty to Animals

occupy3.jpgIn an ongoing series of protests in New York City, tens of thousands of people have descended on Wall Street to protest corporate greed and corruption. Since the mainstream media was slow to catch on to the message many people believed was obvious, the protestors have released their first "Declaration of the Occupation of New York City," which includes, among other grievances, that corporate interests have "profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices."

What began on September 17 as a loosely organized public "occupation" of Liberty Square, between Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial, continues to grow in size and determination. According to Adbusters Media Foundation, the group behind the protest, the effort began from one simple demand: "a presidential commission to separate money from politics."

From government bailouts and federal subsidies of factory farms to food safety cover-ups and a legal assault against animal abuse whistleblowers, corporate animal agriculture has a firm grip on American politics and politicians. A separation of money and politics would certainly weaken the infrastructure that props up and protects an industry that most people consider to be in dire need of reform, if not dissolution.

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains traction and spreads to cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, it seems that Americans have grown weary of corporate power in politics and the resulting abuses of humans and nonhuman animals. While taking to the streets and participating in peaceful protests is one way to raise awareness about these important issues, each of us can start to remove our financial support from Big Ag by transitioning to a healthier, more sustainable plant-based diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.