A Caution Against Overemphasizing Global Warming

It's become an established fact among the media, scientists and the international community that the exploitation of sheeps and cows for human use plays a significant part in global warming. But without a sustained emphasis on the vegan ideal of non-exploitation can we expect this to lead to a change in people's consciousness?

Apparently the threat of global meltdown is not enough to discourage those intent on exploiting other animals. In the article "Eco-friendly kangaroo farts could help global warming: scientists" we read: "Australian scientists are trying to give kangaroo-style stomachs to cattle and sheep in a bid to cut the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, researchers say."

At first blush it seemed that news of the role exploiting animals to produce wool, milk, meat and leather plays in the global warming crisis would lead to a wide range of people adopting a vegan way of life. Sad to say, it's still as true as ever that until people understand the principle of non-exploitation we can see how such a global revelation ends up leading to new forms of exploitation meant to perpetuate existing exploitation. Rather than working to abolish an industry that produces a significant percentage global warming gasses, we can see how industry and scientist, with institutional and governmental support, are willing to go to great lengths in order to rescue the current state of affairs.

Since those who profit from exploiting other animals are going to be persistent, we as vegan advocates have to remain focused on our goals as well. The Australian scientists' proposal to genetically manipulate other animals reminds us why it'd be a mistake to downplay the principle of non-exploitation in order to overemphasize a symptom of that exploitation, such global warming.