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The egg industry grinds baby male chicks alive because they’re “useless.” 

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Isaac Bashevis Singer

“As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour towards creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.”
― Isaac Bashevis SingerEnemies, A Love Story, Nobel Prize, 1978

Neither their innocence nor their helplessness merit any consideration from the factory farming system where animals are mere cogs in a gigantic and impersonal money machine.  How much does this brutalize the humans who carry out these tasks day and day out, obviously out of desperation and sheer necessity? That is also carefully hidden from view. Continue reading »

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One of the biggest risks facing animals in the third world is lack of access to basic healthcare. This disparity accounts for a large number of dog culls, rabies outbreaks and street dogs. In Kampala, with the help of private donors and public campaigns, progress is being made. Continue reading »

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In Practical Terms
For the crime of simply being: every single one sentenced to death. Who gave US this right except might?

For the crime of simply being: every single one sentenced to death. Who gave us this right except might? Photo: Pigs held in a factory farm. 

by JON HOCHSCHARTNER

At the 2013 Subversive Festival in Croatia, Marxist writer Richard Seymour was asked by an interviewer whether he believed the dichotomy between revolutionaries and reformists in the context of class struggle was useful. His answer, I think, would help inform similar debates held between animal advocates who seek for non-humans revolutionary and reformist change, or what is also called abolitionist and welfarist change. Continue reading »

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Small World by Charles Kenny

Global Economics

The Economic Case for Taxing Meat

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Shackled cows in assembly line.

Shackled cows in assembly line. How far are we prepared to go to make a dollar or satisfy our habit of eating meat? With the new substitutes that resemble meat fiber to a fault, and are in fact superior in terms of nutrients, the last excuse has been removed. The palate does not suffer and vegetarianism does not mean to be an eater of bark. But the inertia continues and the suffering goes on. 

As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the “sin tax.” Rather than tax earnings—when we really want people to earn money—why not tax things we don’t want people to do? Add duties to cigarettes, alcohol, and carbon dioxide to slow people’s smoking, drinking, and polluting, and you’ll do them and the world a favor while raising revenue for schools, hospitals, and roads. But why stop there? It’s time to add one more sin to the list of habits that should be taxed: excessive meat consumption. Continue reading »

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