I’ve been a pescatarian (I eat fish but no meat like chicken, beef etc) since the beginning of 2013. I made the decision to become one, in large part, because of the immense cruelty inherent in large scale meat production. Yet despite this it’s an issue I feel much less compelled (and even slightly reluctant) to speak out about.
There’s a pervasive sense that talking about animal cruelty is “preachy” or , due no doubt in part to the more extreme acts of animal protesters over the years.
Yet the practice of eating meat, in addition to being a root cause of our current environmental crisis, is morally indefensible. Easily as indefensible as racism or attacks on free speech, or any of the other things I write about here regularly.
So in the spirit of trying to point to our intellectual and moral blind spots wherever they occur, here’s Nicholas Kristof with a vision of how our descendants will see us:
As we pull down controversial statues and reassess historical figures, I’ve been wondering what our great-grandchildren will find bewilderingly immoral about our own times — and about us.
Which of today’s heroes will be discredited? Which statues toppled? What will later generations see as our own ethical blind spots?
I believe that one will be our cruelty to animals. Modern society relies on factory farming to produce protein that is inexpensive and abundant. But it causes suffering to animals on an incalculable scale.