irritating assignments you’d rather not do or which go against your beliefs, getting fired.Farm animals often have to work too. Depending on their species, they may have to layeggs, have their wool sheared, or be milked. But none of that has to take very long — it’scertainly not an eight-hour work day — and on a humane farm it shouldn’t be thatpainful.
Unrequited love or lust,the passion paradox, sexual frustrationor disappointment, being stuck in an unhappy relationship, STDs, long distance woes, jealousy, fears that the person you love will leave you or cheat on you, discovering lies,mutually waning love, getting dumped, feeling guilty for dumping someone, unwantedpregnancies, depression over miscarriages, post-partum depression, sleepless nights asparents, terror that something will happen to your child or that your child will misbehave,getting divorced, having parents who get divorced.Most other animals experience sexual frustration, and cats sometimes fall prey to thepassion paradox, becoming more clingy and desperate the more you ignore them. Andsometimes dogs can develop separation anxiety. But the rest of these are more or lesshuman problems.
Minor injuries like slamming your finger in a door, severe injuries from accidents orattacks, throwing up, colds, chronic sicknesses, menstrual cramps, headaches, migraines,cluster headaches, burns, puncture wounds, the emergencies that bring you to the doctor,the treatments themselves, going to the dentist, the pain of growing a baby inside of you,having the baby, passing a kidney stone, fracturing limbs, bruising your tailbone, aging,paper cuts.It’s likely that animals are about even with us on this one, except that they are less likelyto have psychological scars from especially traumatic pain experiences.
Rape, murder, assault and fear of all of these.Animals certainly experience violence, but for them violence would go under the headingof pain, because for humanely raised farm animals, violence is most relevant as a visceralunpleasant momentary experience. Vegans sometimes call it rape when animals such ascows are artificially inseminated, but cows hardly seem to notice this as it is happening,and it certainly does not cause the long-lasting trauma that rape does for humans.Animals experience fear too, but they are less likely to experience chronic fear at thecontemplation of something disturbing. Fear for animals usually means reacting toimmediate threatening stimuli that they need to escape. On humane farms, this shouldnot be a common occurrence.
Feeling inadequate, ugly, unloved, stupid or worthless; regretsabout decisions you made in the past and worries about the future.Animals can feel unloved, but probably don’t experience the rest of these.
Self-determination infringement suffering.
Structural injustice, inequality, oppression,patriarchy, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, dirty subversives threatening straightmarriage and Christmas (j/k), immigration restrictions, addiction, bullying, the freedomcurtailments that come with voluntary responsibilities such as parenthood, feeling a needto conform to society’s expectations, fear that the wrong people are in power and willrestrict your freedoms, prison, religious demands, onerous societal or governmentalrestrictions, over-controlling parents, ideological summer camps, compulsory education. Just because there is not a visible fence around most of us most of the time does notmean that humans feel freer than animals on humane farms do. Other animals don’t needas much freedom as we usually require to be happy because they have simpler and fewerneeds. The typical humanely raised animal is probably more content with their level of freedom than the typical human living in a country such as The United States or TheNetherlands. At least animals don’t torture themselves by reading news stories aboutideological opponents making laws they don’t like, or by contemplating freer animalselsewhere.Vegans point to calves sent to auction or slaughter, and the stress they feel while beingtransported to a new location. But what human has not felt the stress of an uncomfortabletransportation experience to a location that fills them with anxiety?Vegans don’t like that cows are impregnated every year to keep them lactating. But is thatany worse than being a woman in a religious community who is expected to produce asmany children as she possibly can?Vegans also don’t like that calves are separated from their mothers and confined whilethey are being weaned. But this is a minor inconvenience compared to separating humanchildren from their parents on the first day of Kindergarten or, god forbid, pre-school, toinitiate the next 12 years of their lives confined to a desk, in which they will be forced tomemorize and re-hash information they care little about, with summers being the onlyreprieves, since homework keeps them chained to their desks at night.
The suffering unto death.
Losing a pet, losing a loved one, losing yourself; also,contemplating all these inevitable future instances of death, and the related existential