What would be the words popping up in our minds when looking at it? 'beautiful'? 'heavenly'? or 'peaceful' maybe?
Who wouldn't think that the view is nice and that these cows 'have a happy life'?
And if we were to talk on the subject of veganism, who wouldn't say 'at least, theys have a happy life'?
A few years back, I would have believed and said these things, As of today, I can't grasp the meaning of it anymore.
Those animals are slaves and will be killed eventually.
To be more precise, these are calves (that my boyfriend and I visit as often as we can even though they fear humans -as they should) that were taken away from their mothers a few weeks ago and will be sold for calf or beef meat in a near future. They are slaves in the sense that everything about their existences has been decided for them. They are kept captive for someone else's ends.
Now, to put that into perspective, would we advocate for a 'humane' treatment of human slaves, arguing that their enslavement is somehow 'less wrong' if they work on a field instead of in the stables and enjoy a beautiful view on the mountains?
Similarly, if I kill a human being that previously had a very fulfilled life, would this excuse or lessen the fact that I murdered her/him?
The inaccuracy of this type of reasoning is pretty obvious when we apply it to a human context.
Animals raised for food, clothing, entertainement or other are slaves in the sense that their whole existences are submitted to the will of other beings, that are, as a matter of fact, their owners.
That doesn't necessarily mean that they are treated badly (even if they indeed are in the overwhelming majority of cases). But this isn't even relevant - the first right that every living being should be allowed to enjoy is the right not to have their freedom denied.
As long as the right to live a free life isn't universally granted to every single sentient being on earth, we will fail at achieving peace. As long as we look at another being and think that it is acceptable for us to own them, we will suffer from segregation and oppression.
The reflective thinking or intellectual capacities aren't any more relevant -none of us would agree on enslaving, impregnating, and milking mentally disabled women or on testing chemical products on babies. And if this thought is offending you, maybe it's time to ask yourself the right questions.
Human beings devised an illusory hierarchy between species, based on completely subjective criteria, ultimately putting their species on top, just so they can justify for the atrocities they are concocting and partaking in. This is what I see when I look through my window.