A Simple Question
It’s the question I asked myself a long time ago and the same one that many people have asked and are currently asking themselves: why and how do we love one animal and completely disregard the other?
Let me borrow from an article written by Matthew Scully, whose words ring true, because they are:
“If you were caught even once inflicting on a dog the punishments that are directed daily at factory-farmed pigs, you would be arrested and answer for that offense in a court of law; in many jurisdictions, the offense would carry a serious possibility of prison time.
Dogs and pigs are entirely similar creatures, equals in every relevant way including their intelligence, emotional capacities, variations in personality, and experience of pain. Yet the one is protected from human wrongdoing and the other you may lawfully and profitably treat like garbage, with no regard whatever for that creature’s suffering or dignity.
Comparable cruelty toward comparable animals makes you in the one case just another farmer and in the other case just another felon, as Michael Vick can attest.”
Most people don’t think about the obvious double standard we apply to farm animals, as if they are somehow magically without the ability to suffer because they were born into a system of brutal exploitation.
It’s time we faced this disconnect and acted with the mercy we have within us by truly asking that question.