To the editor:

Over 100 years ago, writing is his novel “A Modern Utopia,” science fiction author and futurist H.G. Wells wrote this:

“In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be. But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughter-houses. And, in a population that is all educated, and at about the same level of physical refinement, it is practically impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig. We never settled the hygienic question of meat-eating at all. This other aspect decided us. I can still remember, as a boy, the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughter-house.”

He did not set an exact date, but I will; by 2052, the entire world will not only be unified under one democratic government, with a fair and equitable resource-based economy (RBE), it will also be guided morally and ethically by veganism.

We are currently well on our way to achieving that momentous goal. In 2041, the meat industry will look very different than it does in 2021. A new report estimates that 60 percent of the meat eaten then won’t come from animals, but will be vegan or cruelty-free, cultured or lab grown meat.

The consultant firm AT Kearney conducted wide-ranging interviews to compile the report, which highlights the environmental damage caused by the meat industry and the public’s growing concerns over animal rights.

“The large-scale livestock industry is viewed by many as an unnecessary evil,” the report states. “With the advantages of novel vegan meat replacements and cultured meat over conventionally produced meat, it is only a matter of time before they capture a substantial market share.

The world, especially the Western world is at a tipping point regarding not only animal rights, but ethics and morality in general. No matter how humanely an animal is treated in the factory farming process, raising, and killing living beings for food is now being seen as morally wrong by a growing number of people.

Kill the innocent or “Live and Let Live and Be Vegan”? Humanity is about to make the right choice.

For much more on this topic, and the ideology of veganism, simply Google “The Village Vegan, Michael Corthell.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Michael Corthell

The Village Vegan

Bridgton, Maine

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(6) comments

DavefromConway

Your ideas are crazy. First, I will not submit to any government other than our American government as laid out in the constitution. There would have to be a revolution to have a one world government. Millions would die, thereby showing what a farce your claim of 'humanity' is. You want to avoid killing animals but millions of HUMANS would die under your scheme. Anyway, meat is not going anywhere anytime soon. In this very paper Forty at Thorn Hill has an enticing steak night for 24.95. I think I shall go.

MikeCorthell

You say, ''I will not submit to any government other than our American government as laid out in the constitution.'' The global government will be nearly identical to the U.S. Constitution. Millions are dying already including animals. Capitalism is not sustainable and will be replaced by by a Resource Based Economy governed by the people.

RetVet

"by 2052, the entire world will not only be unified under one democratic government, with a fair and equitable resource-based economy (RBE), it will also be guided morally and ethically by veganism."

I hope not, because that's not Democracy. It is however Totalitarianism.

The problem with the Utopian Myth is this; There have to be people in charge, making and enforcing the rules. And you can be sure that there will be some people, "More equal than others", to quote Orwell.

The last thing they will want is individuality, independent thinking, freedom of expression, or tolerance.

You know, people like you...

MikeCorthell

I clearly state "one democratic government". NOT totalitarianism.

MikeCorthell

A final thought on why the world needs #veganism: Freedom...#Carnism is an oppressive system. Carnism is the moral OPPOSITE of #veganism. Carnism shares the same themes and basic structure and relies on the same mindset as other oppressive systems, such as patriarchy, totalitarianism, racism, and others...Although the experience of each set of victims any oppressive system will always be unique, all oppressive systems are structurally similar, and, most importantly, the mindset behind the oppression is the same. In order to create a more compassionate and just society, we must strive to incorporate all forms of oppression into our awareness and analysis, including carnism.

RetVet

Mike,

I am absolutely amazed that you don't see the irony of your statement when it comes to oppression and the governance of actual human beings vs. nonsentient life forms.

I'm wondering just what fantasy world you live in by your simplistic assumptions about human behavior and the history of civilization for the last 5,000 years.

Who/what do you think will make the entire population of Earth decide to follow one set of laws, rules, or norms? And who or what will be the mechanism that will keep billions of people satisfied with their, "fair share", or how it is produced or distributed?

And finally, will those in charge live by the same rules and conditions?

Because here's the problem; None of us are created the same, with the same talents, intellects, emotional capacity, or physical abilities. Just how do you propose working that into your Utopiian vision?

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