On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

And the absurdity is in the reality that the author and the featured person who kills sentient nonhumans for a living, think they're onto something. While plenty of people pay attention to the question of what it means to raise an animal humanely, far fewer stop to consider the notion—and the ostensible paradox—of humane slaughter." And perhaps that "better" will distract the reader from the undeniable fact of the unjust slaughter. All you need to know is one word: slaughter.

On Horses too Thin to Slaughter

Animal Person

In " Prominent Horseman Faces Questions About Neglect ," Joe Drape of the New York Times reports: Four undernourished and neglected former racehorses belonging to Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York thoroughbred breeder and owner, were rescued from a New York kill pen last month, one step from being slaughtered. that were sold to slaughter for $680. So he took them to the kill pen to sell them for slaughter. [T]hey

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On Thanking Slaughtered Sheep for Book Awards

Animal Person

Well, she apparently did such a great job convincing the folks at the Minnesota Book Awards that you can claim to love animals and then send them to slaughter, that not only was she a finalist for their award, but she won it. She expressed her gratitude for those she kills in her book, as well: "When I first ate a meal from one of our lambs, I thought I'd be upset, since it'd been so hard to take them to the abbattoir. Tags: Books Current Affairs Ethics

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On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

The problem is that people are abandoning and neglecting horses, and to address that problem--to address the problem that people abandon horses--we'll kill the horses? Not approving the institutionalized slaughter of the horses we claim to hold so dear lowers that value. Butcher plainly speaks of the use of horses and that those not usable perhaps should be killed. Do we recommend killing those children? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics

On The Respectful Emperor

Animal Person

When I think about the language that has been used by people who kill animals or have someone else do it for them, a couple of years ago the "compassionate" trend began. Lipka introduced me to the idea of killing "respectfully."

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. The case for ethical vegetarianism starts with several uncontroversial premises. Similarly, most people also agree that: (2) It is wrong to kill a conscious sentient animal for no good reason. Nor ought we kill them without reason. And there are ethical reasons for becoming vegetarian.

To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

When in the position of having the choice, which so far is always, I'd rather choose not to have someone killed for me. This is a tough one to even dignify as it's not a good reason for killing someone. But they always have their desire to not be killed.

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On Being Upset by Carnage That Comes Too Soon

Animal Person

It never ceases to amaze me that people will get upset about the death of an animal whose killing was their job. That carnage wasn't observed after the animals were slaughtered, but before he could get to slaughter them. Tags: Current Affairs Economics Ethics

On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

Cain=farmer=evil murderer; Abel=slaughtered animals=victim/good son. In fact, I'd even permit them to not ever kill anyone, but rather to eat the kill of another that has been quietly decomposing for a day or two, as many carnivores do.

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Whenever the media report that someone has killed "an endangered animal" or "an endangered species," they too confuse an individual with a species. Hunters kill members of endangered species. Tags: Books Ethics Language

Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

They also tried to tell me that veganism is no better because of all the animals that are killed in the process of harvesting vegetables and grains. Let’s walk through this: yes, small animals and insects are killed in modern agriculture in the planting and harvesting of various crops.

On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

People in South Florida are still in an uproar over the mutilation and slaughter of 19 house cats (allegedly) by 18-year old Tyler Weinman, who was declared mentally competent and not a danger to himself or others (!). Felony animal cruelty is the cruel killing of an animal, and he is also being charges with 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body.) The four counts of burglary he is being charged with carry a heftier sentence than the animal killing.

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Minus that role, the term implies, such an animal has no place; if they aren't some human's companion, or their companionship fails to please, they can be abandoned or killed" (8). Often it permanently disables or kills. Tags: Activism Books Ethics Language

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On "The Wild"

Animal Person

The problem with that statement is it's not as if farmers are searching "the wild" for cows, pigs, chicken and fish, plucking them from their homes, and plopping them on a farm to live out their (shortened) lives prior to slaughter. They are created to be slaughtered. And their lives of exploitation, torment, torture and slaughter cannot be compared to an animal's life in the wild. We can choose not to kill and eat someone we do not need to eat in order to survive.

On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Now, any medication we take and surgical procedures we undergo also have a long line of breeding, enslavement, torture and killing of sentient nonhumans leading up to them, so objecting to "knockout animals" on those grounds is to stand on somewhat thin ice. Why kill and maim and waste taxpayer dollars--or any dollars--on such things? Like when they're about to be, say, slaughtered? Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language

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Five-Year Old Shoots 35-Year Old in Head

Animal Person

It saddens me, and I find it extremely disturbing, that a five-year old child is giddy, and his parents (and the journalists on this program) are so pleased that he killed a 35-40-year old alligator. Let's deconstruct a few details: The young boy shot the alligator, who had been trapped , in the head and killed him. Basically the animal was five feet in front of him, and the boy shot him in the head, killing him. Killing them is fun. Check this out. link].

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions.

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On the Eating of Seafood

Animal Person

That brief trailer could be a gift in the disguise of paradoxical message about how we can still kill and eat fish, yet not be at war with them. That tells me that we're still at war, as we are going to continue to kill fish because we can and we want to.

Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

Slaughter in moderation. In fairness, I think that what the linguistically lazy are really trying to say is that a little bit of a bad thing isn't going to kill you. But it might kill someone else, as in the case of hot dogs, considering no creature gets out of the hot-dog making process alive. Tags: Ethics Language You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?)

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Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose. More importantly, those animals suffer greatly during their short lives, only to end up at a slaughter house where they will be killed for food.

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On Surreal Lobster Advocacy

Animal Person

I don't agree that the game is "no different than a lobster tank" (at least conceptually--I haven't seen it), but "animal rights activists" should be campaigning for the cessation of the slaughter and consumption of lobsters, shouldn't they? If they want what's best for lobsters, they should be advocating for not killing and eating them at any restaurant (and then I guess the question becomes: why stop at lobsters). Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Gray Matters

On Egypt's Pig Cull

Animal Person

But though the pigs weren't originally destined for a mass grave, weren't they destined for slaughter nonetheless? CIWF wants to "halt the brutal killing of these animals, and to ensure that they can be assured of a humane future." What does that look like for pigs who have been brought into this world for the sole purpose of being products to be traded and eventually killed? Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language

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On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

Yes, I do think it's better to have lived a comfortable life and then be slaughtered than to have been tortured the entire time and then be slaughtered. And regardless of how you treat someone when they're live and regardless of how you kill them, if you don't need to kill them and you're doing so merely to please your palate, how do you justify what you're doing? Tags: Ethics Food and Drink Language

On Not Eating Animals

Animal Person

In fact, both books glorify small farms (though Foer is more selective), and both have the support of people who create and kill animals. And when you have people who slaughter animals for a living on your side, in my mind your pro-animal message loses credibility. It's okay to produce animals to use them and then kill them (or kill them to use their parts as food). Tags: Books Ethics

On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

Animal Person

If you don't have to enslave, rape, dominate, or kill someone (or have someone else do it for you), why would you? Why choose enslavement, rape, domination and slaughter? So we went from a ban to a vague statement about the prevention of abuse that clearly doesn't consider slaughter abusive. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Economics Ethics Food and Drink

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

Of course, as a result, "ethical meat" becomes an option unless one realizes that killing when you don't need to is killing when you don't need to, no matter if it occurs in a slaughterhouse or in a mobile slaughter operation or in a backyard.

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On Small Victories

Animal Person

Changes in the manner of slaughter (i.e., welfare") is the best that any of us can ever hope for, and of course what is a change in the way I kill you other than a change in the method by which you die. But that doesn't mean I'm going to support campaigns for changes in the way we use or kill animals, as that would be dishonest because it's not my goal. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

There's a vague sense that perhaps he cares about the dogs or thinks that what he does to them might present an ethical dilemma, but the overwhelming feeling is that it's all worth it. This one addresses the decreasing number of dogs and cats being experimented on and, without mentioning it, discusses speciesism and our affection for dogs--pet dogs particularly (and especially purebreds)--which leads to our revulsion with the idea of snatching, vivisecting and killing them.

Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

The University of Puerto Rico, an "1862" LGU founded in 1900, operates a slaughter facility killing small ruminants -- typically goats and sheep, cattle being large ruminants. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Economics Ethics Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

Through all of the damage control and message-neutralizing I have to do due to PeTA campaigns or someone lumping me with PeTA--or the HSUS, for that matter--I always remember that the real enemy of my cause is someone who wants to convince the world that there is nothing wrong with using animals when we have no need to and who profits from the "production" and slaughter of sentient nonhumans.

On Different Results of Direct Action

Animal Person

According to Reuters: Japan, which considers whaling to be a cherished cultural tradition, killed 679 minke whales despite plans to catch around 850. Dr. David Jentsch says to his colleagues "your silence will no longer protect you" and his community of vivisectionists has decided to have a pro-torture and slaughter (i.e., Here are some highlights: Mantle: "How do you respond to: Yeah, you may find something that benefits humans, but it's not worth it and it's not ethically right?"

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

Environmentalists recognize the meat industry as extremely ecodestructive – including fish, dairy, eggs, feed crops with their massive use of water & topsoil and toxic runoff killing rivers and oceans, and the killing of billions of free-living animals to protect farmed animals and feed crops. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Deconstructing Spencer's Comment

Animal Person

You purposefully choose to ignore facts like that though when citing the "cruelty and injustice" involved in the rearing and slaughter of animals. We are people who believe that using animals when we don't need to, and certainly killing them when we don't need to, isn't right. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language

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"The Cove" Continues to Disturb

Critter News

Clearly, it is disturbing enough to provoke some real discussions about the ethics of dolphins in amusement parks. The affecting cloak-and-dagger documentary “The Cove,” which documents a brutal dolphin hunt off the Japanese town of Taiji, is putting would-be amusement park visitors in an ethical bind and park owners on the defensive. The captivity industry keeps the slaughter going,” O’Barry charges in movie.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

22): PETA is proud to see that its hard work behind the scenes with Bell & Evans and other companies to encourage implementation of this new, less cruel form of slaughter is finally coming to fruition. By carrying out a slaughter system that greatly reduces the suffering of chickens, Bell & Evans and Mary’s Chickens show that animal welfare and good business go hand in hand. Tracy Reiman Executive Vice President People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Los Angeles, Oct.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. You shall have them for food.' " Genesis 1:29 The First Ethical Precept of Buddhism states: "I will be mindful and reverential with all life, I will not be violent nor will I kill."

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

22): Mr. Steiner might feel less lonely as an ethical vegan—he says he has just five vegan friends—if he recognized that he has allies in mere vegetarians (like me), ethical omnivores and even carnivores. 22, 2009 To the Editor: I am an ethical vegan.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

April 9, 2009 To the Editor: In making the personal decision of where to place ourselves in our ethical relationship with animals, it is important to evaluate the reality of our words. If human beings were confined, mutilated and killed, would we call it “humane” if the cages were a few inches bigger, the knife sharper, the death faster? Would we say these people were slaughtered in a “people friendly” manner? To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D.

J. Baird Callicott on Factory Farms

Animal Ethics

Meat, however, purchased at the supermarket, externally packaged and internally laced with petrochemicals, fattened in feed lots, slaughtered impersonally, and, in general, mechanically processed from artificial insemination to microwave roaster, is an affront not only to physical metabolism and bodily health but to conscience as well. Meat eating as implied by the foregoing remarks may be more ecologically responsible than a wholly vegetable diet.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

April 21, 2008 To the Editor: Re “ Million-Dollar Meat ” (editorial, April 23): In vitro meat might not appeal to everyone, but I am guessing that the day PETA awards its prize money will be a happy day for the billions of land animals bound for slaughter. And there is no good reason to breed, confine and kill animals for food unless we believe that economic benefit justifies killing. More than nine billion chickens are slaughtered each year in the United States.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

September 7, 2006, a bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption( H.R. According to the HPMAJ column, "Loos told cattle producers the livestock industry must show the public that there are moral and ethical justifications for taking the life of an animal to feed a person. The reason that the industry is losing the argument is quite simple: There is no ethical justification for causing an animal to suffer unnecessarily.

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Gardner Williams (1895-1972) on Wronging Animals

Animal Ethics

The interests in nourishment and in gustatory pleasure lead man to kill and eat cattle, fish, and fowl. Most people eat lamb chops, and their consciences are clear on this score when they demand that slaughter-houses shall kill food animals as painlessly as possible. Gardner Williams, "The Moral Insignificance of the Total of All Value," Ethics 55 [April 1945]: 216-21, at 219-20 [italics in original

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Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

Jonathan Hubbell, a philosophy major at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the newest member of the Animal Ethics blog, and once again, I would like to welcome him aboard. Like Keith, I think it will be interesting and instructive to observe as Jonathan works through his views on the myriad of ethical issues that surround our current treatment of animals. The point is that even hunters seem to think that they need a reason to justify killing these animals.

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