One of the big buzzwords tossed around these days is identity politics. Something I’ve noticed is that these words essentially have two meanings and thus it can be an issue if someone discusses the topic while using one meaning but someone else is approaching it from the other side.
Look, I oppose policies of putting down unwanted animals in shelters. I find the policy to be quite disturbing. But if you, as an animal rights activist who makes the issue your main and most important issue, are successful in winning the battle against it, and no-kill shelters become the law of the land, what have you done for anyone or anything else? Nothing.