This article, written by a conservative animal rights activist (two labels that are not always mutually exclusive), highlights a simple but powerful truth: Laws exist to prevent cruelty to animals -- and, as a whole, society believes that animal abuse is a form of evil. Why, then, do people turn their backs on cruelty towards livestock and animals used for fur? Why is
"cruelty to a puppy appalling and cruelty to livestock by the billions a matter of social indifference?"
Scientists believe pigs are probably more intelligent than dogs, and certainly have as much capacity for pain and pleasure. But I suppose the answer is obvious...we have accepted dogs into the human "club" and pigs are still on the outside. We know how to speak "dog-ese," to read their gestures, sounds, and body language. But, as a race, we are not as familiar with other animals -- to us, pigs are amusing machines, quirky robots or cartoon characters that are seen but do not see.
In all, I think that Scully's low-key style may be what the animal rights movement needs right now. Appeals to our sense of logic and justice, in a direct, non-confrontational manner. moderate reform, humane farming...when these ideas have gained acceptance -- THEN we can look into eradicating fur and meat.
Agree, disagree, or have any additional insight?