Nicholas James Pell, in Taki’s Magazine, deplores the radical Utopian Left’s desire to re-make predatory animals into vegetarians and remodel all of Nature into a “pan species welfare state.”
[O]ne of the curious things about leftist egalitarianism: it tends to eat everything in its path. The second you start believing that all men must be re-created equal, under penalty of law, the road to reasonable accommodations for people who think theyâ€™re elves or those who prefer to see multiple personality disorder as a lifestyle choice isnâ€™t too long. And so we live in a world where grown men (or at least Ronan Farrow) get paid beaucoup bucks to go on television and bemoan the lack of ethnic diversity in cartoon smileys used by teenage girls for whom typing out whole words is too much of a bother.
Nor, when you accept the secular postmillennialist argument that humans need to wipe out every trace of injustice on Earth, is it that big of a leap to argue in favor of changing the genetic code of wild animals to make them stop eating meatâ€”though itâ€™s still not clear why the plan to eliminate suffering from the world doesnâ€™t include anything about rescuing plants from consumption. Carnivorous animals, specifically lions, are singled out as â€œsociopathic killing machines.â€ David Pearce, the â€œindependent philosopherâ€ and transhumanist vegan who cooked up the Hedonistic Imperative, seems somewhat less interested in reprogramming carnivorous animals than he is in eliminating them.
To wit: â€œTo judge that lions should exist is to affirm that it is better, in some sense, that sociopathic killing machines prowl the Earth rather than alternative herbivores.â€
Iâ€™m somewhat sympathetic to the argument that people who have never field dressed an animal donâ€™t get to to grouse about animal welfare.
Read the whole thing.