Month: September 2019

05. Memorializing Farmed Animals

Back in the early 1980s, shortly after I committed my life to stopping the use of animals for food, I heard an apocryphal tale of a barbaric tribe with a gruesome penal code. Depending on the gravity of the offense, the offender could be beaten, lose a limb, or even be killed. In a few …

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04. Don’t Eat the Animals

The role of animals in prehistoric diets is still the subject of lively debate. Even the Bible has it both ways. Animal sacrifices, associated with domestication of animals and consumption of animal flesh, date back to at least 3,000 BCE. Beginning around 780 BCE, Israel’s Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Hosea condemned animal sacrifices and consumption …

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03. But, Can They Suffer?

For more than two millennia, human relationship with animals was governed by Aristotle’s view, that animals are mindless creatures in the service of men. That view was affirmed and perpetuated by the Catholic Church. The enlightenment came in the seminal 1789 publication An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by British philosopher Jeremy …

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