The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

Readers revive a recent thread: Okay, I know it’s been a little while since you discussed this topic, but you might want to pay more attention to what you feed Eddy and Bowie. I’ve been a vegetarian since college and thought I didn’t really have to worry about “cruelty free” beyond buying the occasional cage-free … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

A reader makes an important point: Your reader said: “And please, if we all became vegetarians/vegans … we would probably run out of arable land to feed everyone.” This could not be more wrong. Converting plants into meat is a very inefficient way to transmit the plants’ calories and nutrients to people. If we simply ate … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

Remaining thoughts on the popular thread: In response to your Aussie reader suggesting kangaroo meat, there’s another very good option in the US, if a bit expensive and hard to find.  I’ve almost completely cut pork out of my diet for all of the reasons discussed, but being from North Carolina, giving up pulled pork … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

A reader writes: I thought I might chime in on the thread with a suggestion from Australia: eat kangaroo meat. Kangaroos increased in numbers after European settlement due to land-clearing and are so common (estimated 50 million, versus 22 million people) that in many areas they are periodically culled to reduce numbers, because they exert pressure … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty

Oct 9, 2013 @ 2:41pm Matthew Scully has written a powerful, emotional and, to my mind, largely persuasive piece about the moral necessity of changing our collective treatment of farm animals. It is framed – somewhat relentlessly – as an argument designed to make pro-life conservatives look afresh at the moral question of animal cruelty, … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty

The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

Readers keep the thread going: I have not eaten pork in several years, after I saw the “Pandora’s Box” episode of This American Life (the TV show). Half of the show is dedicated to pig farming and the science behind it.  They keep experimenting with how they house and treat the pigs, which is spurring unexpected side effects. … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

A reader writes: I think one of your readers missed the point completely.  Their example was: “It would not be acceptable for the US to waterboard fewer prisoners, a rapist to target fewer victims, or an abusive father to beat his children less often, and claim to be acting in a morally upright manner.” But we’re not talking about “fewer”; we’re talking … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

A reader writes: Your acceptance of the “simply morally unacceptable” eating habits that you currently follow leads you to the “eat less meat, or eat better-raised meat” solution. That seems like an obvious, and perfectly reasonable, reaction when one views the evidence surrounding factory farming. But would that actually satisfy one’s moral compass? While eating less meat … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

The Abatement Of Cruelty

Matthew Scully has written a powerful, emotional and, to my mind, largely persuasive piece about the moral necessity of changing our collective treatment of farm animals. It is framed – somewhat relentlessly – as an argument designed to make pro-life conservatives look afresh at the moral question of animal cruelty, which is, perhaps, a good … Continue reading The Abatement Of Cruelty

Your Place For Politics And Octopus

A reader responds to a recent post: I was one of your dawdling freeloaders. But I finally caved, and it wasn’t your coverage of the debt-crisis that did it. While politics are somewhat similar around the world, as a Canadian, I have been simply shocked by Congress and the insane behaviour on display. Riveting reading, … Continue reading Your Place For Politics And Octopus