Social justice warriors have opened a new front in their continuing war against Reality: animal suffering. They’ve noticed it, they hate it, and they will no longer abide it. (H/T to @Outsideness where I first learned of this.)
It has long been an argument from Yours Truly that animals are viciously ripping each other apart, and that if vegetarians and vegans were seriously serious about their positions, they would take steps to stop the slaughter and enforce a vegetable diet on all beings.
Well, Vox has heard me. Yes, in “Wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation. We should help” Vox explains, or rather paints, a terrifying picture of an unregulated animal kingdom. Wait. Kingdom? Equality is not attainable in such an archaic, medieval political system. This is the first hint that change we can believe in is needed.
You have no conception of the daily horrors animals face. Vox explains—ladies, now is the time to avert your eyes—“Gulls peck out and eat the eyes of baby seals, leaving the blinded pups to die so they can feast on their remains.” It gets worse: “A shrew will paralyze his prey with venom so he can eat the helpless animal alive, bit by bit, for days.”
I myself have witnessed hawks disemboweling rabbits, big fish swallowing little fish, and crows doing things to bodies of the dead that can’t be printed in a family blog. Once I saw a wolverine, with every evidence of pleasure, mercilessly hunt down a squirrel and separate it from its noggin. Mea cupla, though. I like these other animals have killed, gutted, skinned, and eaten many, many animals, having been bred in the far north where such behavior was not then known to be evil.
Vox explains: “The natural suffering of wild animals is real and breathtaking in its enormity, but incredibly little is being done to reduce it…little thought has gone into the question of how to help wild animals avoid natural agonies.” To the progressive, every evil is a problem which must be solved. He believes this axiomatically, just as he believes that because he believes every evil should be solved, that therefore every evil can be solved.
Hence, “Unfortunately, wild animals lack the power in society to speak out and relieve their own suffering like humans, so it’s harder to recognize the urgency of their needs. But we should act on their behalf.”
Vox explains that one of the best ways to reduce suffering is the very method they recommend for humans: birth control; which is to say, birth prevention. “[W]e might be able to humanely reduce population numbers using contraceptives.” I don’t know, though. Can you imagine brigades of SJWs roaming the woods trying to strap condoms on bears? Experience with human animals shows it might be easier, and would be certainly far more effective, to convince grizzlies that sex is meant for pleasure and not procreation.
Reducing births can’t be the only solution, though, as the picture which heads this article proves. Violence is passed on generation after generation. But SJWs have many tactics, the most popular being Screech Shaming. How do we stop seagulls from gruesomely blinding seals? Twitter campaigns, primarily. We get people to hold placards reading “I stand with the #BlindSeals.” Or we get pictures of ocularly deprived seals with their cute little canes and have the New York Times run op-eds denouncing racist gulls. Make that speciest gulls.
Students traumatized by the sudden comprehension that the early bird gets the worm actually means the appalling death of another creature can release lists of demands to cowardly administrators, demands which might include free tuition for all minority animals, creation of departments of seal studies, official recognition that seals are an oppressed group in need of coddling, etc. You know the drill.
Objections? “Some might argue that we shouldn’t intervene in nature because it could cause harmful ripple effects elsewhere in the ecosystem, like through extinction or overpopulation of some species.” Some might. But, Vox explains, “Unfortunately, wild animals lack the power in society to speak out and relieve their own suffering like humans, so it’s harder to recognize the urgency of their needs. But we should act on their behalf.”
The progressive mind can see no rebuttal to this argument.