Category: ANIMAL MARTYRDOM

Defending animals is defending the environment. Period. We can’t segment our struggle any longer.

P. GREANVILLE—Confronting organised human cruelty and exploitation of animals is always shocking. Exposés like this appear to many people as “strident”, tedius and tiresome appeals by people who “can’t tell the difference” between real urgent priorities (you name the human cause) and the plight of billions of animals, whose mindboggling suffering is automatically relegated to secondary or tertiary levels of importance. That kind of reasoning is grounded in false premises. As we have said elsewhere, being a supporter of animal liberation is today being a consistent ecologist, for no one can think herself or himself a serious environmentalist while munching on steak, eggs and stuffing himself with burgers. It just doesn’t add up. For the animal production industry in our modern world is an industry whose effects on our climate are as grave if not more deleterious than all the vehicular emissions in our planet, and other activities connected with the production of “greenhouse gases” starting with the petroleum industry, an industry that should have been retired decades ago…

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The New York Times’ Animal Cruelty Fetish

MICHAEL HOWARD—Like the overrated novelist Ernest Hemingway (“What other culture,” Gore Vidal once asked, “could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?”), the NYT has a particular fascination with the exploitation, torture and murder of bulls. Indeed, it is on the subject of “bullfighting,” as we like to euphemize it, that the Times’ contempt for nonhuman animals takes definitive shape. The depravity of this gruesome spectacle, pandering as it does to the basest human instincts, is impossible to overstate.

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Basket of Deplorables Revisited: Grizzly Bears at the Mercy of Wyoming

DAVID MATTSON—As I concluded in my earlier piece, “The states of Wyoming and Idaho are not worthy of, nor capable of fulfilling the national public trust, especially in management of an iconic beloved animal such as Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. Perhaps as much to the point, the citizens of these two states, expressed as an aggregate modality, apparently do not have the kind of civic virtue and democratic character needed to foster the institutions required to implement national trust responsibilities.”

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