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Re: [atheists-36] On Eating Animals: Opposition to factory farming as an ethical starting point: Fw: Check Out the July / August 2013 Issue of the Humanist Magazine

From: Daniel S.
Sent on: Friday, June 28, 2013 1:05 AM
     I've been weaning our household away from beef and pork, concentrating more on fish and chicken.  I'm hoping we'll get to the point where the latter are free-range.  I'd like to see every animal we consume be free range, which would raise the cost to the point where fewer animals are eaten.  This might hurt the poor in that they'd be deprived of one easy source of protein but education about cheaper alternatives would help. 
     I do think the article too easily disparages the "top of the food chain, nature is cruel" argument but it is valid to say we are capable of using, and should use, more humane methods, costly or not.  Although we are omnivores we are capable of doing well on vegetables only.  A first step would be to insist on more humane though less economical raising and slaughter of animals.  I don't quite see that happening on a broad scale in today's world but the time to start is now.  As meat becomes more expensive tastes may gradually change.  Who knows, we may yet eventually discover a Star Trek way of synthesizing any food we desire!  --Dan
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Subject:  On Eating Animals:  Opposition to factory farming as an ethical starting point:  Fw: Check Out the July / August 2013 Issue of the Humanist Magazine (scroll down to last photo & article title)
Eating meat (Dead Animals):  "Consuming our mammalian 'cousins'" (another form of cannibalism) is not only a health issue, but an ethical issue."

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Subject: Check Out the July / August 2013 Issue of the Humanist Magazine
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On Eating Animals
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Opposition to factory farming as an ethical starting point
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