I have people I know in my community who consider themselves abolitionist vegans who keep telling me that I need to soften my position on the police. What I don’t understand (besides the very obvious/basic reasons to take issues with the cops) is how a person can be abolitionist, and yet defend cops who: force horses into riots; make them walk between parked cars and traffic on busy city streets; keep dogs as tools to seek out drugs or contraband that they couldn’t find with their own senses as a way to supersede the need for warrants and fix “lawful” searches; send dogs in as weapons to attack dangerous individuals to keep officers bodies safe by putting dogs bodies in harms way; keep dogs in kennels depriving them of packs, socialization and regular lives; keep horses in metro areas where they cannot run or live natural lives.
The cops force animals to do their dirty work. They treat them as tools, not peers. They prey on peoples emotional attachment to animals to vilify others (see the claim that the bloc threw marbles under the feet of horses at the G20—if the cops were so concerned about the horses safety, why bring them to a riot at all?)
So as much as these people are quick to decry politicians who are in the NDP or other parties because they don’t decry the seal hunt outright, or they take issue with every farmer that uses animals… These same people tell me “there are some good cops” and “you can’t paint them all with the same brush because of a few bad officers” Oh how the forgiveness rains when we talk about cops! But why? Is there anything less despicable about the way cops treat animals? Is there a free pass for officers that no one bothered to tell me about? Can someone let me know when abolitionist suddenly changed to “unless you’re one of those good cops”— because I didn’t get that fucking memo.
Instead of asking me why I have a problem with them, maybe they ought to ask themselves why they don’t have a problem. I don’t arbitrarily have issues with the police as an institution… I’d appreciate not having my opinions belittled by people who ought to know better by now.