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Chicken-free “Chicken”

Posted by tinako on March 16, 2012

Mark Bittman writes about animal issues again in his latest N.Y. Times article, “A Chicken Without Guilt.”

I think I’m in a weird mood, determined to find fault with good news today, both in this article and the last one on Whale Rights.

So I’m going to keep my criticism short here.  It’s mostly a very positive article, for people who want to reduce animal suffering and for people who would like to eat artificial food.  But…

It’s too bad that people have to wait around for science to fix things so they don’t have to take personal responsibility for their choices, in this case supporting factory farms.

And why wasn’t one of Bittman’s four ways to “reduce the level of the suffering of animals raised for meat in industrial conditions” to stop eating them?  Why is that considered so off the table when the creepy sci-fi idea of “reducing or eliminating animals’ consciousness” (chicken lobotomies?) is not??

Anyway, more good news.

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2 Responses to “Chicken-free “Chicken””

  1. Major point: “It’s too bad that people have to wait around for science to fix things so they don’t have to take personal responsibility for their choices…” That’s our society in a nutshell. Doctor, don’t tell me I need to exercise and change my diet, just prescribe a magic pill. Climatologist, I’m not going to change my habits because an amazing new solar-powered electric car is going to save us all. And the examples just keep coming. What should we get off our lazy butts and do anything to make the world a better place when inventors, politicians, corporations, and drug companies can keep using us as their ATMs?

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