End The Death Penalty For Innocent Animals Before Ending The Death Penalty For Murderers

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Pope Francis, in speaking to a joint session of Congress, called for the end of the death penalty.

The death penalty claims a hundred or so criminals per year. It is an outrageous exercise of state power, and no civilized society should be a party to it.

But it is a ridiculous concern when compared to the number of animals who are victims of the death penalty every minute of every day.

Fifty thousand animals were murdered in the time it took you to read this far. One hundred thousand of you are a slow reader.

Innocent creatures who have harmed no one. Broken no laws. Bred and raised and enslaved and tortured and murdered. Sixty billion every year. Creatures who wished to live every bit as strongly as do you or I. Creatures who had families. Creatures who had emotions, feelings, who were afraid to die, who wanted to live, who experienced fear, terror, pain, suffering and death at the hands of people protected by the state.

Calling for an end to the death penalty for human criminals is a joke.

We should be calling for its widespread implementation.

Every suit in Big Ag, every board member of the slaughter industries, every banker who finances the carnage, every factory farm employee, every grunt with a captive bolt gun or a knife, every driver, every packer, every warehouseman, everyone in the chain of slaughter, should be subjected to the same fate they inflict upon innocent animals.

When animals stop dying at the hands of uncaring people I will be happy to add my voice to protect murderers who are dying at the hands of government.

Don’t hold your breath.

 

 

Author’s Notes:

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12 thoughts on “End The Death Penalty For Innocent Animals Before Ending The Death Penalty For Murderers

  1. I’ve been anxiously waiting for the Pope to say something for compassion towards animal and against animal slaughter at the UN or anywhere in the USA. IS it something to overlook or he is waiting for the right time? Don’t know but why do we shy from talking openly against the horrific sufferings of animals. Please talk and talk loud and clear. Otherwise it will make no difference

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  2. Absolutely! I have been thinking about this for a long time. The death penalty is usually reserved for the most egregious murderers, often to serial killers or torturers. Yet, some people are complaining that a lethal injection constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment.”

    However, what happens to innocent animals never rises to their level of consciousness. Never mind that billions of animals are brought into this world to live miserable lives until they are herded onto trucks, even if sick or injured, to endure a long, horrific trip to the slaughter house, where their lives end in terror and pain. Yet, they have done nothing wrong to merit their birth-to-death suffering.

    We have fantasized an unbridgeable gulf between human beings and all other creatures that justifies our being outraged at the most trivial injury or offense to people while ignoring the agony of the rest of creation. That is the shame of our species.

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  3. Very well written in my opinion. However, to a normal person who’s not an animal activist, some parts of it might seem absurd. In the US as well as other countries, many people are wrongly convicted, quite a few of them are forced to confess. They fear losing their lives at the hands of the incapable government. Although I do admit that I wouldn’t really care if there was a 1:50 ratio of innocent people being convicted, this article has failed to answer that question which is one of the main reasons why there is a debate on why abolishing the death penalty should be considered as an option. Apart from that, very well written. We have a really brilliant mind here who could show activists like us the way forward!

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  4. All life is precious. I haven’t killed anything for many years, not an animal, or even an insect. Who sets the bar? A judge, society, Roland Vincent? Is it OK to kill a spider, tick, rat, snake, dog, whale, who decides? Every living thing is entitled to its own life and those that take lives that are not their own are thieves.

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  5. Couldn’t agree more. All this weepy, liberal-promoted drivel for every perceived violation of “human rights”, no matter how trivial nor how minuscule compared to the atrocious treatment routinely meted out to millions of non-human animals in this country each day. When “celebrities” rush around promoting this-or-that human rights cause du jour while doing nothing to help animals all I see is hypocrisy. Case in point: Susan Sarandon simultaneously being an outspoken and lachrymose advocate for abolishing the death penalty while actively supporting the work of an organization like Heifer International. For me it all reached something of a zenith of tragicomic farce a few years ago in Quebec when all the newspapers were abuzz for weeks over a complaint filed with the provincial human rights commission by a “straight” who was refused service at a gay bar and protested this “violation” of her “human dignity.” All this juxtaposed against the backdrop of the opening of the yearly Gulf of St. Lawrence harp seal hunt which hardly raised an eyebrow in the media. Being constitutionally opposed to the death penalty may be a perfectly legitimate ethical stance but devoting one’s free time to advocating for it is a bit like passionately campaigning for increased funding for pensioners in 1930’s Munich while paradoxically ignoring what’s going on down the road in Dachau. Contributing time or money to human rights campaigns that could instead go to animal rights causes where the need is infinitely greater is obscene.

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