This is a very interesting piece by Stephanie Ernst. She argues that the crusade against factory farming undermines the larger animal rights movement by creating safe rationalizations for the consumption of local, “humanely raised” animal products.
Here’s a little taste:
It’s time for the vegan/animal rights movement to stop battling factory farming. And by that, of course, I mean that it’s time to stop presenting factory farming as the enemy, as the sole problem, when the problem is not confined to factory farming. Why? Because it isn’t working. And I’m tired of reading articles like the one published in yesterday’s New York Press, about how hip it is now for vegans and vegetarians to go back to eating animals, now that they can get “humane,” local, feel-good flesh and animal products; about how there’s no need to stop eating animals if you’re not eating “factory-farmed” animals; about how even vegan and vegetarian restaurateurs think they need to add flesh to their menus.
This is crap, people. Scary, disturbing crap. And the animal rights movement is contributing to it. We’re at a fork in the road, and it’s time for us to shift strategy and change course. Now.
Both the post itself and the long, lucid stream of comments are well worth the peruse.
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