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Animal Ethics

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.

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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. Well, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to being able to produce “meat with no feet&#. “The Washington D.C.

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Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

We should not abandon our meat-eating habits, but remoralize them, by incorporating them into affectionate human relations, and using them in the true Homeric manner, as instruments of hospitality, conviviality and peace. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

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8) The argument for the immorality of eating meat continues with two additional, undeniable premises: (3) The animals that become that meat are killed. There is also little dispute concerning the following premise: (4) The animals that become that meat are reared in ways that subject them to intense pain and suffering for much of their lives. It is not in dispute that, in modern factory farms, animals are raised in massively overcrowded, unnatural warehouses.

Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

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The reemergence of mad cow disease, discovered in a California dairy cow, could have major implications for the state’s meat industry, even though officials have said that the human food supply is unaffected. Beef cattle are raised in nearly every California county. meat california cows farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness dairyPotentially bad news for California Agriculture. Read the full story here at the LA Times.

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On "Imposing" Our Beliefs on Our Children

Animal Person

My parents did their best to raise my sister and me. And what happens if she decides to eat meat later on?" They were simply raising us as best they could within the mainstream culture.

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What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

Pattrice offered up some suggestions, after noting that the reason Big Ag is so powerful is because they have so much money – raising and killing animals for food is profitable business.

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A Plant-Based Diet is Good for Your Heart

Creature Talk

He ate high fat, high cholesterol meats and other animal byproducts. He said no more red meat, no more high fat dairy products, etc. This prescription would be a hard for a lot of omnivores, but for a farm-raised, country boy like my dad, it was a pretty tall order. And probably most amazing of all is that he says he doesn’t even really miss meat. Several years ago my now 59 year old father had a heart attack.

I’m Vegan, and No, I’m Not a Freak

Creature Talk

The menu was very meat-centric: chicken, shrimp, and really, really rare steak. Here were a bunch of good people gathered together, celebrating and raising money for a great cause that helps families with seriously ill or injured children, and I was the only one there who requested a vegan/vegetarian meal.

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

Animal Person

But for the average discussion with the average, dog and cat person, I say stick with the language they use ("I love animals," "I only buy meat that was humanely raised"), and use those opportunities to educate them and point out the inconsistency in their claims. Being featured on ARZone's worldwide Live Guest Chat has reinvigorated my thinking about a couple of topics ( here 's the transcript). And then I read the "OMG!!!!!OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" LOL!!!!!"

Smattering Sunday

Animal Person

Next, to today's New York Times and Gary Steiner 's fantastic Op-ed called " Animal, Vegetable, Miserable ,"which begins with: "LATELY more people have begun to express an interest in where the meat they eat comes from and how it was raised." (Try

"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

Animal Person

We don't advocate "happy meat" but veganism. So, I thought you could be interested in helping us to raise the funds. You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality. He recently wrote me: We are an abolitionist group and our approach is "Educate, Investigate & Liberate".

The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

Animal Person

Here' s a review by vegetarian Mark Hand, who still eschewed "meat" even after reading the book. Some might argue that Keith has simply become an advocate of “happy meat”—local, grass-fed, sustainably produced, and humanely raised meat. In the narrative of my life, the first bite of meat after my twenty year hiatus marks the end of my youth, the moment when I assumed the responsibilities of adulthood,” Keith writes. “It

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British Hospitals to Offer Meatless Alternatives

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Meat-free menus are to be promoted in hospitals as part of a strategy to cut global warming emissions across the National Health Service. The plan to offer patients menus that would have no meat option is part of a strategy to be published tomorrow that will cover proposals ranging from more phone-in GP surgeries to closing outpatient departments and instead asking surgeons to visit people at their local doctor's surgery. It's all part of a campaign to cut carbon emissions.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Let’s tell people of the quantum jump in energy efficiency that could be accomplished by eating less meat and having what meat is eaten be grass fed and pasture raised by local farmers. It’s easy to cut meat consumption if you start with one day a week of no meat.

Quash the Squash

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The RSPCA are trying to raise awareness of its urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens. Right now, the UK government is considering new EU legislation that may increase the number of chickens allowed in rearing sheds.

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On Responding to Jokes that Feature Animal Abuse

Animal Person

my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!" "Do I'm fairly sure that if I raise this topic it won't go over well, and outside of this issue there are no problems, but it's a big one for me. Here's the problem: A friend doesn't respect my veganism. My evidence? She jokes about it. She jokes about eating animals. And then I get this. Here's something to think about. I recently picked a new primary care doctor.

On "The Age of Stupid"

Animal Person

And the wife says that one thing the family does is eat less meat and eggs (and they raise the animals on their land), but even that is glossed over. Did you ever wonder why people become subjects in a documentary when they know that they're going to look like fools? Or maybe they don't know that, and that's why they participate.

From Today's Los Angeles Times

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To the editor: The gorilla Harambe’s killing at the Cincinnati Zoo surely calls our society to ask if it is moral or just to keep animals in a prison to be used, at worst, as objects of entertainment or, at best, under the guise of “education.” (“ Harambe the gorilla dies, meat-eaters grieve ,” Opinion, June 5) Is there no accountability on the part of the parents of the child who found himself in the gorilla exhibit? This horrible incident has raised some tough questions indeed.

From the Animal Rights Action Network re: Greyhounds

Animal Person

That letter makes me want to raise a boy, just so I can see the impulse toward destruction and cruelty. Few people are that invested that they'd put up a fight, as they would regarding their beloved "meat," which they strangely think they cannot live without and they have all kinds of emotional attachment to. Brief commentary follows this e-mail I received regarding greyhounds, animal rights and Ireland.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

While its exact origin is still unclear, this pathogen, and many others (like avian influenza), originated from animals being raised or eaten for food. As the world moves toward raising the majority of animals in the unnatural setting of factory farms, it is likely that more, and worse, such pathogens will arise. What will it take for us, and our public health leaders, to question our addiction to meat and tolerance of factory farming?

Pet-Related Charities Receive Early Holiday Present

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On December 20th, Americans voted online to raise funds for five national pet-related charities. BeyOnd™ brand dog and cat food recipes are made with natural ingredients like real meat, whole grains and accents of fruit and vegetables, packaged in 92 percent renewable materials.

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From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Keith, Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, is extremely close to reaching our goal of collecting 10,000 signatures on our "Truth Behind Labels" petition to the USDA to tell them their "naturally raised" label is not natural. Here's some background: Most people believe that the "naturally raised" label implies animals have access to sunshine, fresh air, freedom of movement and the ability to perform natural behaviors.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler ” (Week in Review, Jan. 27): Mark Bittman answered my prayers by writing an article exposing how the meat industry contributes to global warming, world hunger and other issues plaguing our world. All those who care about proper nutrition must look at the developing science, which may suggest that diet should be customized: some may need to decrease their consumption of grains and increase their consumption of meat.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Hooked on Meat ,” by Mark Bittman (column, June 2): The other day, I asked the manager of our local chain grocery store why we were offered only Peruvian asparagus in the springtime. Why do we eat so much meat? Health care skyrockets out of control mainly because we have no convenient access to fresh produce and tasty, humanely raised meat products.

R. G. Frey on Feeling and Principle

Animal Ethics

Indeed, our feeling of revulsion may be so intense that we simply can no longer bring ourselves to eat meat. We become vegetarians in this way, however, only if we are revolted to a degree sufficient to overcome our fondness or liking for meat; and whether we are going to be sufficiently revolted by what we read and hear cannot be known in advance by the advocate of vegetarianism.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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It's not as much about what the animal rights activists are saying about how we are raising pigs as opposed to us demonstrating that we do care and we are giving the best possible care" she said. The only real concern comes from the spread of illness to humans from eating diseased meat, but they only need to provide minimal care to avoid that. It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm."

Deliciously Vegan!

Animal Ethics

Not all meat eaters are cold, cruel, selfish individuals insensitive to animal suffering. Many, if not most, of the meat eaters I know are deeply concerned about the fact that the animals they eat are raised in factory farm conditions. They don't want to contribute to the unnecessary pain, suffering, and death of the animals they eat, but they simply can't imagine life without meat. Life without meat seems unbearable to them.

From Today's New York Times

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Niman gives us is to pay attention to the source of meat products and what our mothers always told us: clean your plate. To the Editor: The claims Nicolette Hahn Niman makes for how greenhouse gases might be reduced while still eating meat may very well be true, and I do not have the expertise to challenge them. What would the cost of a hamburger at Burger King or McDonald’s be if the meat were to come from Ms. What is greener than forage-fed meat?

From Today's New York Times

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4): There is a solution to at least some of the beef industry’s sustainability woes, and that is to raise cows in a pasture-based system. Of course, the meat is more expensive since it takes lots of real estate to freely graze a herd, and it’s tougher than typical supermarket fare (Americans are used to a style of marbling that’s caused by grain diets and flabby cattle, whereas grass-fed cows are trim from their daily ambles). The other problem with meat consumption is proportion.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ PETA’s Latest Tactic: $1 Million for Fake Meat ” (news article, April 21): The commercial development of meat from animal tissue won’t result in “fake meat” any more than cloning sheep results in fake sheep. Quite the contrary, lab-based techniques have the potential to yield far purer meat, uncontaminated with growth hormones, pesticides, E. A more accurate name for the end result would therefore be “clean meat.”

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

Not only are they killed in cruel ways, but it is well documented that they are raised in ways that cause them great discomfort and agony. Consequently, one ought not to eat meat until actual practice is changed. The question that must be raised, however, is how the conclusion not to eat meat follows from this. So, if one wants to change the present practice, the best means is to stop eating meat. Consequently, one ought not to eat meat.

Canis Lupus

Animal Ethics

While this belief might not compel us to be vegetarians, it does demand significant changes in the way we raise animals for food, and it forbids wolf hunting as a form of entertainment. Is meat-eating necessary? Here is a New York Times blog post about wolf hunting. This passage puzzles me: Unsurprisingly, I believe it is wrong to inflict pain and death unnecessarily on a creature capable of suffering. Peter Singer more broadly examines the moral standing of animals here.)

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 2 of 13

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Who Should Not Eat Meat, or What Does a Vegetarian Feed His Dog? Since animals cannot be judged morally praiseworthy or blameworthy, the question of whether it is morally wrong for them to eat meat cannot be raised. Although animals may be free from blame in eating meat since they are not moral agents, animals in eating meat may still be doing something that is prima facie wrong. Does this mean that a vegetarian would have to feed his dog some meat substitute?

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Animals raised for food suffer miserably. The meat and dairy industries want to keep their operations away from the public’s discriminating eyes, but as groups like PETA and the Humane Society have shown us in their graphic and disturbing undercover investigations, factory farms are mechanized madness and slaughterhouses are torture chambers to these unfortunate and feeling beings. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

But there is a net loss in all meat production, not just of farmed fish or feeding fish to land animals being raised for food. Feeding grain to chickens, pigs and cows is even more inefficient, with 70 percent of grain grown in the United States going to animals raised for food. And while there are varying estimates, it takes between 3 and 15 pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat. To the Editor: Re “ The Protein Pyramid ” (editorial, Nov.

From Today's Wall Street Journal

Animal Ethics

Beyond the environmental impacts of meat production there is a basic ethical issue involved. I suspect that meat consumption would decline dramatically under such a code; it would certainly make many of us less hypocritical. Dogs were bred to be companion animals; pigs and cows are raised as food. Rather than eating dogs, we all ought to eat exclusively small-farmed, free-range meat. Jonathan Safran Foer's pup-in-cheek essay " Let Them Eat Dog " (Weekend Journal, Oct.

Philip E. Devine on Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Nor could he object to meat-eating if the slaughter were completely painless and the raising of animals at least as comfortable as life in the wild. To that extent, he will be not only a vegetarian, but also a vegan, one who abstains not only from meat but also from animal products. In contrast, a vegetarian who has objections only to the killing of animals will object to all forms of meat, but he will not object to milk or eggs, so long as the eggs are not fertile.

From Today's New York Times

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I buy pasture-raised meat, milk and eggs from local farmers who I know personally, because the animals are healthier than industrially raised animals, and I find that the quality is better. I hope everyone who prefers local and pasture-raised animals will speak up and protect the source of their food and health. To the Editor: Re “ Plan for Tracking Animals Meets Farmers’ Resistance ” (news article, Dec. 13): I live in rural Pennsylvania.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Mr. Puck’s Good Idea ” (editorial, March 26): Thank you for writing about the restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and his desire to buy meat raised humanely. March 27, 2007 To the Editor: Livestock producers raise their animals under humane standards and under the care of a veterinarian. This issue is an important one and needs to be talked about. If we are to live in a more peaceful world, we must abandon the cruelty on our plates.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 3 of 13

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What Meat Should Not Be Eaten? What is forbidden meat? KBJ: Martin seems to think that people who abstain from meat on the ground that meat-eating causes pain would not eat “beef cattle” even if they could not feel pain. If someone’s sole reason for abstaining from meat were pain-avoidance, then there would be no reason not to eat these cows. The question can be raised: Why should these organisms be killed and others not be killed?

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

In recent years, MRSA has been found in retail cuts of chicken, pork, beef and other meats—a particularly worrisome trend since MRSA can be contracted simply by handling infected cuts of meat. Just how prevalent is MRSA-infected meat? The most obvious way to limit your risk of contracting MRSA is this: Don't handle or consume meat. Wash hands thoroughly after shaking hands with others (especially after shaking hands with those those who eat and handle meat).

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ More Perils of Ground Meat ” (editorial, Jan. Jeremy Russell Director of Communications and Government Relations National Meat Association Oakland, Calif., But the people who raise and package beef share a commitment to aggressively finding and applying safety solutions that keep them out of our food.