Facetious? Yes, but just barely.
I use Republicans as the foil in this article, but the analysis applies to conservative and centrist parties around the globe.
The enemy of animals and the environment is capitalism. And capitalism is the status quo. It is defended by Republicans and conservatives.
Republican leaders are shills for Wall Street, the Big Banks, Big Oil, Big Agriculture, and multinational corporations. They support cruel animal agriculture practices, corporate welfare, tax cuts for corporations and millionaires. They oppose clean air and clean water regulations, oppose restrictions on drilling, mining, and clearcutting. They support bribery of candidates and public officials, unlimited money in politics, and believe money is free speech.
For animal activists who believe that animals have as much right to live as do humans, the lives of those who consume animals are expendable. Expendable because any animal which requires the suffering and deaths of other animals is expendable. Predators are expendable. So are humans who think they are. And one would be hard pressed to find many vegans among Republicans or conservatives. While the odd exception can be found among party members, not a single Republican leader anywhere in the country is vegan. Not a single Republican legislator, governor, or Member of Congress.
If humans who consume animals are antithetical to the interests of animals, humans who actually implement and support terror against animals are so much worse. A single uncaring human may account for several hundred animals losing their lives each year, active Republican and conservatives voters are enabling the Animal Holocaust. They are exterminating animals on federal lands by Wildlife Services (an arm of the Department of Agriculture which operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of the cattle industry), they are rounding up horses and sending them to slaughter, they are expanding hunting and trapping, they are paying subsidies to Big Ag and corporate welfare to enemies of animals and the environment, they support destruction of the environment by Big Oil, clearcutting of rainforests, pollution of the air and oceans by industry in the name of profit, and are oblivious to the affect of climate change upon the planet.
If we were to start shooting Republicans, we would likely not harm a single friend of animals or the environment. Of course, such a course of action would be inadvisable. It would land us in prison and galvanize public opinion against the movement.
But you get the point. Republicans and conservatives are the enemy. They are expendable. The will be targets in the Revolution when it comes.
One has only to review the misery, suffering, cruelty, and horrors of the Animal Holocaust to appreciate the justice of taking out those responsible. Nine billion animals are slaughtered in the US every year. Nine billion victims of Republicans and conservatives who support Big Agriculture and the slaughter industries. Nine billion animals who wished to live just as you and I do. Animals who stood in slaughter lines terrified. Who watched the blood of their fellows run on the killing floors, who heard their fellows scream in fear and pain.
I mention Republicans and conservatives, but the enemy is all in the human race who do not care.
In my view, the animals need a massive depopulation of the human race.
It may come in revolution, in climate disasters, in pandemics. But it must come.
The Earth cannot survive the human race, which for all practical purposes is a parasitic life form which annihilates other species, pollutes the air and oceans, and is responsible for climate change and the next mass extinction of hundreds of thousands of species.
If it were up to me, we’d start by eliminating Republicans.