Animal transport and the ethics of meat

2017-05-10

in Canada, Law, Politics, The environment

In a perceptive tweet Ziya Tong argued: “In the 21st century you’ll find cameras *everywhere* except: where our food comes from, where our energy comes from, and where our waste goes”.

I have long been of the view that if people were forced to look at where our meat, eggs, and dairy come from, few would still be willing to eat them.

That lines up with a recent episode of The Current, in which Anita Krajnc’s acquittal for giving water to pigs heading to a slaughterhouse was used to open a broader conversation about animal transport in the meat industry, including high mortality among “spent hens” used to make nuggets and chicken soup.

My vegetarianism has softened since the long period when I was pretty strict about it starting in 2005, though not for any morally-informed reason. Rather, I think it has just been a result of the way meat-eating (among so many other unsustainable and potentially unethical behaviours) is normalized in our society.

At a minimum, I will try to be more mindful again going forward. Talk of “spent hens” and the conditions of pig, cattle, and horse transport has kept me vegetarian since the broadcast.

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alena May 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

A part of Zen-Buddhist thinking is that a major source of our suffering is caused by eating meat. The suffering the animals undergo in today’s mega food production is absorbed by us when we consume their flesh. The anxiety and fear they experience is transfered to us.

. May 12, 2017 at 12:43 am
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