The UK Daily Mail picked up on and reported about the controversy surrounding the Australian woman who posted a video earlier this month (posted below) saying that meat eaters don’t deserve to live. The woman is 35-year old Leanne Ratcliffe who hails from Adelaide, South Australia and goes by Freelee the Banana Girl. Not surprisingly, not only is Ratcliffe a vegan she is also an animal rights advocate.
According to the Daily Mail, Ratcliffe has her own YouTube video channel and advocates for a raw until four diet that involves no cooked meals until the evening coupled with low processed food, low fat and law carbohydrate diet. About mid-May she took her views to their irrational and illogical conclusion posting a video on her YouTube channel ridiculing people who continue to eat meat and dairy along with stating that meat eaters (including her family members) don’t deserve to live. As far as I can tell, she has not apologized nor retracted her statement.
I am sure what Leanne Ratcliffe says is on the minds of a lot of animal rights proponents. Environmentalists in general value nature for nature’s sake and there is an emotional bond they make with the animal kingdom once they integrate animal rights or environmentalist philosophy into their minds. Like I have said before, individual rights are ethical principles drawn from reality that are applicable to beings with the capacity of deliberation and choice. The only beings with these capabilities are humans since human beings are the only species able to make informed choices and negotiate with people in order to trade or settle disputes. Animals, on the other hand, survive primarily by predatory instincts and lack the cognitive capabilities humans have including our sense of morality.
In the case of Leanne Ratcliffe, her statement is indicative not only as to how she has allowed herself to drink from the animal rights Kool Aid but the cognitive disconnect that goes along with it. In order for her to be successful, she earns value by trading her thoughts and ideas on diet and health to an interested audience while earning money and gaining publicity from sponsors that help pay for her videos. Now, with Ratcliffe advocating death for meat eaters, she has condemned not only her audience’s diet choices but even her family and audience’s lives despite the fact that the very animals she champions could care less about Leanne Ratcliffe’s existence. Leanne Ratcliffe’s vile statement is a prime example of animal rights philosophy and the movement itself. Animal rights ethics are grounded in the savagery of the animal kingdom as opposed to the civilization of man.