Tuesday, December 7, 2010

(FREE RANGE) MEAT IS (STILL) MURDER



For those of us that choose free range over factory-farmed meats, the Atlantic would like to remind you of something: it's still murder.

Free range animals generally get more idyllic living conditions: relative to their factory-raised counterparts, it should theoretically be a glimpse of paradise.  For those of us (yours truly included) that aren't that caught up in the morals of eating meat, free range meat has usually yielded better tasting results.  And then there are those that appreciate free range as being a more respectful treatment of the animals we eat.  It's the latter group that the article chastises:
The confined animal lives a mercifully short life of brutality and is dispatched; the free-range animal lives a much longer life full of relative freedom and is dispatched. From the perspective of happiness lost, the latter scenario is more tragic. After all, ending the life of a free-range animal living under relatively natural conditions takes more happiness out of the world than does ending the life of miserable animal suffering in confinement. Either way, what cannot be denied here is that whenever animals are raised to feed people, animals are harmed—something that opponents of factory farms vocally seek to avoid.
In general, this doesn't seem to me as much more of a "you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't" argument.  Do I feel worse off that the animal had a glimpse of happiness beforehand?  Nope, but I've also accepted the idea that eating meat necessitates killing an animal, period.  The beginning of the article mentions a slew of scientific arguments against eating free range, and though the author claims that those arguments have lost people in the past, it would've been a lot more interesting to those of us that are, uh, interested in the facts.

Read the article here.

Joe.

the clutterer Web Developer

2 comments:

  1. That article is completely ridiculous. "The confined animal lives a mercifully short life of brutality and is dispatched; the free-range animal lives a much longer life full of relative freedom and is dispatched. From the perspective of happiness lost, the latter scenario is more tragic." Bullshit. Ancient proverb: It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Would you prefer 10 years in a cell then death, or 20 years of freedom followed by death? I think the answer's pretty obvious. Even more so if you consider the fact that really, you don't actually know that you will be dying.

    The article is thinly veiled vegetarian propagandist piece. Unfortunately, it will be used by a bunch of fools to appease their conscious about eating factory-farmed animals over free-range animals.

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