Environmentalism is the most obvious theme in The Year of the Flood because of the characters such as Gardeners and the environmental disaster that is the frame of the whole story. This group condemns the killing of any sort of animal, even killing a fly requires praying for forgiveness. The use of non-recycled materials and material attachment plays an important part in the novel. In the very beginning of the novel we come to know that the waterless flood has destroyed everything and everyone and only two humans survive; Toby and Ren. The two main characters are members of God’s Gardeners and they both believe that it is their duty to survive God’s Waterless Flood and to re-populate their world in a more pure, earth-loving way. The Gardeners believe that man was created by God to live in peace with animals, forming a sort of species friendship. We also see throughout the novel how the Gardener’s only eat vegetarian meals, which shows how they respect animals. Although this book is all fiction, some things mentioned in the novel are a lot likely to be present in today’s world, such as cruelty towards animals.
Cruelty means inflicting pain and causing suffering. Animal cruelty is a nationwide problem that is rapidly growing in today’s society. Animals are being beaten and starved to death every day and millions of animals die each year because of their heartless owners. Most people don’t know what is actually being done to the meat that they eat. Animals being beaten and left alone in unsanitary conditions with no food or water is just the beginning on what happens in these slaughterhouses.
Veganism is spreading fast and it has become more popular with the help of many different publicities. People need to educate themselves on what is actually being done to their meat before they eat it. Think of it this way: wouldn’t you feel better about yourself knowing that an animal didn’t have to go through a lot of torture to end up on your plate?