Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Animal Rules

The New York Times food "Opinionator" Mark Bittman has a great column about inconsistency when it comes to animal welfare. A pet pig is protected by welfare laws whereas a pig in an industrial food factory is not. Basically, factory food farmers are allowed to define "common use" when it comes to how to treat animals they own. Jonathan Safran Foer said to Bittman that giving the factory food industry the right to define cruelty is like "giving burglars the power to define trespassing." Bittman is not a vegan, but he is sensible and smart when it comes to observing "the system." (And a follow-up column here.)

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