My oppositon was based on my belief that the govenment should not be in the business of killing people. No matter how heinous the crime of the convicted, government murder seemed to me to be unacceptable.
My views have changed.
If the condemned person is a carnist, have at it!
No reason to kill innocent animals to keep someone alive.
If the condemned is a vegan, I continue to oppose the death penalty as to that person.
I have come to believe that all life is precious. That each of us wants to live, whatever species we might be.
I believe that no life is worth more than another.
That view alienates me from almost the entire human population, from every government on Earth, and from most religions.
I was passionate in my opposition to the death penalty for years. I was at odds with most of my law school classmates and instructors.I was out of step with my family, my friends, and most of my acquaintances.
I watched the Innocence Project exonerate many who were wrongfully convicted. I marched, vigiled, I protested, I called, I fought the death penalty at every opportunity.
Now I say, go ahead. If the condemned is a carnist, I no longer care.
Sixty billion land animals receive the death penalty each year. As do two and a half trillion sea creatures.
There are no vigils, no appeals, no marches, no pardons, no clemencies.
Those animals are enslaved, tortured, and executed having hurt no one. They are sacrificed for human greed, expendable in the service of capitalism and profits, feeling creatures thrown away like trash by uncaring, cruel, and ignorant people. Creatures who wanted to live as much as do we all.
Were we to randomly impose the death penalty on the human population, the odds are 200 to one that we would put to death people in the chain of animal death.
And each person who is not vegan is responsible for the deaths of some 500 animals per year.
I am no longer concerned if the state eliminates them.
If I could, I’d eliminate them myself.
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