Here is the full transcript of Gary Yourofsky’s entire speech on animal rights and veganism at Georgia Tech 2010 [Q&A Session Included].
Breaking laws from people, from Jesus Christ to Nelson Mandela, from Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King, laws have always been broken to facilitate substantive change.
Today’s speaker holds a BA in journalism from Oakland University and a radio broadcasting degree from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Gary Yourofsky has already experienced more than many people will ever want to in a lifetime. He has been arrested more than ten times, and spent 77 days in a maximum security detention center, all in the name of animal rights.
Gary has lectured in hundreds of schools nationwide, including The University of Connecticut, Michigan State and Bowling Green, Author Charlotte Montgomery even included a chapter about Gary in her book, Blood Relations.
Please welcome, national lecturer, Gary Yourofsky.
Gary Yourofsky – Animal rights activist
Good afternoon, everybody. My name is Gary Yourofsky. Please take a moment and write down my email address and my website, in case you want to contact me later on.
Today we are going to talk about the world’s forgotten victims: Animals. And the world’s oldest and strongest addiction: Meat. I’m going to challenge your belief systems today, so certain parts of the speech will be intense, but let me start with a quick disclaimer: I am not here to be your enemy. The views expressed today, do not necessarily reflect the views of your professor or this institution. I am not trying to take you away from your religion.
No religion mandates meat eating. The Golden Rule states: “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself” and animals qualify as “others” and “Thou shalt not kill”, the four most important, and yet, most ignored words in all religious teachings. There is not an asterisk next to that commandment saying: “unless you walk on all four and have fur, feathers, horns, beaks or gills.” You can keep your friends, your politics and you patriotism, still watch your favorite TV shows and listen to your favorite music, even if it’s Ted Nugent.
I’ll be making some sarcastic, yet truthful comments throughout the speech. Please feel free to laugh while I’m being sarcastic, just don’t laugh during the serious parts.
And I’m going to speak for around 65, maybe 70 minutes, but then we’ll do a Q&A session after, for about half an hour, so hold your questions until then. In the meantime, I have some rhetorical questions for you.
Is slavery — owner, victim, profit, domination — exclusive to the human race? Have blacks, Jews, women and children been the only victims of this atrocity? Have not cows been enslaved? What about pigs, chickens, turkeys, fish, sheep? If they’re not enslaved, then what are they? Free?
Can slavery have a victim that is neither a human, nor an animal? Have not the oceans, the forests, the earth itself, become victims of ownership too? And what about a slaughterhouse? House of slaughter: slaughterhouse. Do you really think there is such a thing as “humane slaughter”? Exactly what is your definition of “humane”?
Besides psychological and physical abuse, torture, dismemberment and murder, what else do you think happens to animals inside of a slaughterhouse? Do you think they get belly rubs and tushy slaps? And if you think there is such a thing as “humane slaughter”, I’m curious, do you also think there is such a thing as “humane” rape, “humane” child molestation, “humane” slavery? How about “humane” holocaust?