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on 26 January 2016
Some thoughts for the violence on your plate tonight as it is not worth the life lost for your meal
The most “humanely” raised animals are still kept and killed in horrible circumstances. Period. All of this talk about “happy” animal products is about us; it’s about making us feel more comfortable about doing something that nags at us. It’s about keeping us from having to recognize that we are all Michael Vick so that we continue to consume animal products. It’s really got nothing to do with the animals. They continue to suffer horribly irrespective of what “happy” label —“free-range,” “cage-free,” “organic,” “Certified Humane Raised and Handled,” or “Freedom Food” —is slapped on their corpses or the products we make from them. And it’s even worse when large animal organizations praise and support these “happy” products.
To say that a sentient being is not harmed by death denies that the being has the very interest that sentience serves to perpetuate. It would be analogous to saying that a being with eyes does not have an interest in continuing to see or is not harmed by being made blind. The Jains of India expressed it well long ago, “All beings are fond of life, like pleasure, hate pain, shun destruction, like life, long to live. To all life is dear.”