Magnificent letter by Mariann Sullivan, in response to the New York Times Magazine’s “Animal Cruelty Syndrome” article:
Siebert deftly explores the connection between violence against animals and other forms of violence, but he avoids the implications. The article mentions that children who witness violence toward their family pet “suppress their own feelings of kindness and tenderness toward a pet because they can’t bear the pain caused by their own empathy for the abused animal.” That would appear to be exactly what people do whenever they sit down to eat. No matter how hard people pretend not to, we all know what happens to the animals who end up on our plates. What does our willing ignorance of this violence toward billions of animals do to us as a culture?
That’s the million dollar question, and one that societies worldwide have for too long refused to address.
This letter might be the most direct and relevant statement about the morality of farmed animal use to ever appear in a leading media outlet. It could well be cited by historians a hundred years from now. (Via Benzaquen.) Link.