DECEMBER 14, 2009
I foresee a day, perhaps not far in the future, in which it is illegal to raise cows, pigs, and other animals for food. Some will reduce their consumption of meat for the sake of the animals. The ground for this will not be animal welfare, as you might expect, but environmentalism. Lawmakers, perhaps as a result of an international treaty, will prohibit the intensive rearing of at least large hoofed animals for food, on the ground that it is damaging to the natural environment.