Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why I Gave Up Meat

read the article here
Mark Bittman's "Opinionator" post (see link at right) in The New York Times is worth reading today. It discusses the arrest of a person for killing a pet hamster while the city itself is poisoning rodents wholesale. Bittman's article, however, discuss why we regard some animals as worthy of protection while allowing cruelty to be inflicted on other animals.

Our fantasy is that until the industrial era domesticated animals were treated decently. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t; but certainly they weren’t turned out by the tens of thousands as if they were widgets.
After reading the piece and the cheerleading comments, I left my own comment. 
People commenting positively on Bittman's piece should be required to note whether they eat meat, and if so, its source. As for me, I don't eat meat. But like everyone in the USA I share guilt for the ugly process of corporate farming. To me, there is more to admire in a person who hunts or fishes to put meat on the table.

1 comment:

Glynis Jolly said...

Good point. Nevertheless, I think I'll still buy my meat at the grocery store.