In the late 90s I was Director of Campaigns for Last Chance for Animals, a very small animal rights organization based in Los Angeles. It’s founder and head is Chris DeRose, a former actor who gained notoriety by campaigning against vivisection at UCLA.
Turns out Chris and I shared the view that animals and the planet would be much better off if humans did not exist.
Chris constantly opined that there should be an extinction button and that if there were one, he would push it.
Given the scope of the Animal Holocaust, and our inability to reduce it in the slightest, the only way mass exploitation and slaughter of animals would end would be if the human race just disappeared.
We seem to be headed in that direction with being woefully unprepared for, and even dismissive of, climate change.
Fast forward, 2016, and what was a crisis is now a disaster waiting to happen. The effect of capitalist destruction of the environment, the fossil fuel industry, and animal agriculture is propelling the world toward human extinction.
Capitalists have a vested interest in denying the reality of climate change, as efforts to curtail it would most assuredly impact almost all corporate activity and would severely tax the producers of greenhouse gases, in particular, and industry, in general.
The logic seems to be limited to short term exploitation of the Earth, with those responsible for inflicting the damage content to profit from environmental disaster while they are living, and damn future generations.
Similar shortsightedness has been a trait of humans over the centuries.
The Animal Holocaust is the single greatest horror in human history. It is a direct product of capitalism, which rewards and promotes unbridled exploitation of the environment and the enslavement and murder of our fellow Earthlings.
Capitalism encourages consumption, rewards production, and is oblivious to the consequences.
And the consequences of animal agriculture are severe.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. It causes more environmental damage than the entire transportation sector, which includes every car, bus, truck, ship, railroad, and aircraft in the world.
Animal agriculture is the single biggest cause of global warming.
It may well be beyond human ability to reverse.
In that regard, humans may have pushed their own extinction button.
If so, the beneficiaries of a planet without humans would be the surviving animals.
The unfortunate thing is that so many animals will die along side the pathetic humans who caused the disaster.
On balance, it would have been better had there been a button for Chris DeRose to push 20 years ago.
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