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The act of converting a living being, a principle, or the natural environment itself into an "object" that is used, compromised, exchanged, or consumed in order to make a profit, satisfy a desire, gain publicity, accrue power or pursue some other goal that very often has an addictive quality. The process of commodification does not respect the inherent dignity and worth of those it acts upon, and is therefore destructive to the fabric of community and the web of life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Given that we domesticated these animals, doesn’t that give us the right to use them?
What about indigenous people who kill and eat animals, but do so in a way that respects the animal's spirit?
My religious tradition doesn't forbid killing and eating animals, so that makes it okay, doesn’t it?
Non-violent social change
Path of conscience
Privilege of domination