What about someone who is responsible for the murders of 300 animals per year?
If you believe all sentient life is equally valuable, that every creature who wants to live has the same right to life that we as humans declare for ourselves, you would consider the person responsible for 300 murders per year to be the more culpable of the lot.
And that position would bring down human civilization.
Because it means that your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors, are worse than serial killers, murderers, rapists, and child molesters.
Unfortunately, they are.
The average carnist is responsible for the deaths of upwards of 300 calves, piglets, and chickens annually.
Humans view the world through a lens of species superiority. It is a worldview that is vile in its affect and its implications. We consider all other life as disposable, inconsequential, and subservient to the interests of humans.
Scientists believe we are now witnessing the sixth mass extinction in the Earth’s history. In the past 450 million years there have been five occasions when 90% of the Earth’s species, then extant, were wiped out.
The difference between the current Sixth Mass Extinction and the other five is that those were the result of cosmic cataclysms. This one is the result of the activities of a single Earthbound species: Humans.
Human activity proves us to be a parasitic species which destroys almost everything we touch. In just the past 40 years we have killed off half of all life on Earth. Almost three-quarters of the world’s forests are now gone. Thousands of species of flora and fauna are going extinct every year.
We pollute the air, the seas, warm the atmosphere and the oceans, clearcut the very lungs of the Earth, the rainforests.
We are responsible for habitat destruction, driving wild creatures to extinction. We are responsible for the Animal Holocaust, the greatest evil ever to be visited upon the planet.
We murder a billion animals a week in slaughterhouses, we imprison billions more. We kill two and a half TRILLION sea creatures annually.
We are a scourge upon the planet.
Most all of the damage we inflict upon the world is driven by capitalism, by the pursuit of profit, by businesses.
Capitalism requires an unending supply of raw materials, an inexhaustible flow of trees, oil, gas, animal corpses and consumers. It operates as though there is no end to the Earth’s tolerance to be raped and plundered.
The most immediate threat we face is the consequence of unbridled carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, which are warming the planet.
Scientists predict rising sea levels, coastal devastation, severe weather patterns, dying seas, and mass extinctions. One of those species at risk is the human race.
If we survive climate change we will likely do so as a much smaller world population. Billions of people are at risk of dying because of climate change, from myriad causes: starvation, disease, riots, wars.
No compassionate person could turn away from those who will be affected. Which drives liberals and socialists to work tirelessly to stop global warming.
But the Earth will probably be better off with a radically reduced human population. And the social upheaval occasioned by climate change will help to destroy capitalism.
As coastal areas are lost to the seas, as crops fail due to severe weather, as tropical storms and hurricanes kill millions of people, the realization that this is the result of capitalist greed will finally dawn on the human race.
Climate change could will be the catalyst for the establishment of socialism around the world.
The great tragedy is that those who will do the dying are not the ones who caused the problems. The billionaires and the oligarchs have a much better chance of survival than do the rest of us. And the greatest number of victims of climate change will be those who have been victims of capitalism: the impoverished in the Third World.
In its death throes, capitalism will again exact a toll on its victims.
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