Beyond Paris…


Over the last 24-hours, I have seen numerous reactions to the president’s proposed withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.  Within my circles, I have seen little support for the president’s intentions – none.  I have though, seen much outrage.

As a fan of the planet, I appreciate that outrage and harbor a good bit of my own.  However, caring for the planet – being responsible stewards of the globe that contains us involves more than being concerned over greenhouse gases, ocean levels, pollutant particles in our lungs or even jobs.

My cursory understanding of the Paris agreement suggests it has nothing to do with animal cruelty.  Since animal cruelty (on the surface) doesn’t effect climate change, that makes sense.  Non-humans though, make up roughly 99% of all vertebrate creatures on earth.

You see where I’m going here…

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“Getchyer blue skies here!  Get ’em while they last…”

I have a hard time with people projecting so much concern over the state of the earth, when they still support the idea of lambchops, corndogs and dino-shaped chicken nuggets.  While it’s true that that food system and the issues of animal cruelty within it are very complex, I have a hard time listening to all the screaming and yelling about ocean levels by people who could care less about the screaming and yelling in slaughterhouses.

I’ve got some bad news for you that isn’t really news – it’s something we’re all aware of, yet unlike climate, we ignore this problem with our planet: the last thing a cow thinks before she takes 20,000 volts between her eyes and subsequently gets her neck slashed to be unceremoniously bled into a trough, isn’t…

“Good day, humans!  I’m allowing this act of cruelty so that Joe Schlepasaurus can take a break between refrigerator deliveries, and enjoy a ¾ lb. patty on all sesame seed bun…”

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From the garden and the market,,,,

No.  I suspect that the last thing a cow thinks before the deadly stun is this…

“Holy living fuck, human, please don’t kill me….!  I DON’T WANT TO DIE!!! Please!  Please!  Please!”

Of course, cattle levels aren’t rising and threatening coastal homes, and the pigs and hogs who give it all up for the sake of corndogs and prosciutto aren’t ever seen by good folks like you and me bitching about the president withdrawing from the Paris agreement.

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Will they rise up against us…?

I guess all I’m suggesting here is a little consistency.  If you’re willing to sound off about the oceans and the air, make a little noise too for your future rack of lamb.  That, or keep your mouth shut about the president’s intent with the planet.  I know, I know, shut up Roy and pass the mint jelly…  Jhciacb

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5 responses

  1. I agree. Caring for the planet and all its inhabitants is the high road to which at some point we all need to aspire. I am on old codger who has learned to be mindful of my recycling, to use wind energy to fuel my electrical outlets, to pay attention to my diet and cut out all four and two legged creature from having to give their lives for me and more to come. May we all become cognizant of the need to be conservative in our consuming and liberal in our clean living.

    • Thanks, Jean. I appreciate your input. Again, no easy answers. I veer off my veganism every so often and don’t beat myself up when I do.

      Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurilius all went to, and left veganism based on moral ground. Epictetus in particular went back to eating animals because he feared a disaster of conservation. That may or may. It have been the right direction, but it’s the fact that people think about it at all which leads us forward…

  2. I disagree but that is my right… I understand what you are saying but any little thing to say this planet is a good thing in my mind & this is way beyond just this with 45 – we all know that.

  3. No doubt about the inconsistencies in human thinking. I fear, though, that these climate agreements fall far short of making a real difference. Too much selfishness and greed to ever make the needed changes. Politics is a game that is played on us, and most just play along thoughtlessly.

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