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On "Compassion," "Nonviolence" and "Justice"

Animal Person

Because I've been thinking about the evolution of my own thinking--and languaging--regarding animal rights. Both animal rights groups and animal welfare groups use "compassion" frequently. Then again, so do people who kill animals for a living. Compassion" has been so diluted that most people don't bat an eyelash at the idea of " compassionate carnivores." After all, they "love" the animals they kill. Why all the quotation marks?