Could you tell the difference between Nazis, Slaveholders, and Animal Agriculture if the names/species of the victims were covered up?
It is frightening how little pause it gives most humans to think they are sending sentient beings to suffer or deaths. You see the same thing throughout history. One thing that seems omnipresent in these situations is the callous nature of the oppressor and those that enjoy the benefit of not being targeted by the oppressor and benefit from the abuse of the oppressed. Whether we are talking about the people at the time of European conquest of the Americas, the slave trade, the Japanese internment, and Nazi treatment of the Jews. And regardless of if you believe it is fair to refer to it as animal slavery or the animal holocaust, one cannot deny that the treatment of animals echoes the mentality of past oppressors.
The resemblance of how the Nazis treated work camp prisoners or how slaves were treated can be seen in the treatment of dairy cows. Mothers raped, families separated and the mothers worked until their bodies are exhausted. And when they being to fall under the burden, they are either beaten into pushing through the pain or executed.
And the mentality of the general public is that this isn't their problem. Maybe some think it should be done in a better fashion or more 'humanely'. But, in their brainwashed minds, these are lesser beings. The happiness and liberty of these animals hold little significance. Parents send their kids to school with a lunch made up of the bodies of someone else's kids or parents. And the life of a chicken is less significant to these people than the convenience of pulling into the Chick-fil-a drive-thru.
So, when people want to scoff at the idea that we are little better than the Nazi or the slaveholder, they miss the fact that if you cover the name/species of the victims it becomes nearly impossible to tell the difference between Adolf Hitler and Smithfield Foods CEO Kenneth Sullivan (responsible for the death of millions of pigs every year and without guilt takes millions of dollars for his crimes).
Mankind has committed great atrocities. The scariest part is we never seem to learn from our past. We just put back on the blindfold and pretend we aren't capable of great evil as we support that very thing.