Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Veggie Nugget #29

"This isn’t animal experimentation, where you can imagine some proportionate good at the other end of the suffering. This is what we feel like eating. Yet taste, the crudest of our senses, has been exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses. Why? Why doesn’t a horny person have as strong a claim to raping an animal as a hungry one does to confining, killing and eating it? It’s easy to dismiss that question but hard to respond to it. Try to imagine any end other than taste for which it would be justifiable to do what we do to farmed animals."

-Jonathan Safran Foer, from this piece that ran in the New York Times Magazine, adapted from Foer's upcoming book Eating Animals.


Hase said...

Frankly, I simply can't understand the 'taste' argument when it comes to justifying why one eats meat. Meat in itself is totally tasteless, isn't it? What makes it edible are the spices and salt and pepper that we add to it.... or am I totally mistaken here?

Becky said...

Thanks for letting your readers know about that piece from the NY Times magazine. I just read it, and the last line, "If nothing matters, there's nothing to save", brought tears to my eyes.