Livestock and the Culture of Life
In a Newsweek column, George Will discusses a new book arguing for less cruelty in the livestock industry. The unique part is: the author of the book is a conservative. As is Will. And Will also seems to have bought into the idea that we owe more mercy to the animals we eat.
The fight for animal rights has long been the domain of the far left. In fact, as Will notes, many animal rights activists are so removed from reality that the rest of us are pushed away from the cause. But maybe we shouldn't be. Maybe we should acknowledge that our livestock are living beings who deserve a certain level of comfort and mercy. There's no need to become vegetarians or resort to anything remotely radical. But it may be time to rethink how we as a society treat these animals.
It's certainly worth talking about.
UPDATE: AmbivaBlog has more and gives the author of the aforementioned book the First AmbivaBlog award. An award meant to bring "attention and praise to thinkers who violated the conventional boundaries of left and right in the course of doing justice to reality." Conservative calls for animal rights certainly do that.