Thursday, May 05, 2005

How Should We Grow Our Prey?

Pamela Anderson has been in the news over her boycott of KFC. John Bitove, the head of the company that's responsible for KFC in Canada, invited her to lunch at KFC (that's smart, inviting a vegetarian to a chicken restaurant). I liked her spirited response today to his condescending invitation. What does he think: that because she's a buxom blonde who plays bimboes on TV, she cannot use her noggin to learn about and assess the way we grow our meat? Bitove maintains because KFC gets its chickens from the same suppliers as supermarkets do, that makes their factory farming OK.

Then a TV commentator on Global made a snarky reference to the food chain. Yes, we're at the top of it (although some predators may disagree), but that doesn't give us the right to treat our prey inhumanely during their lifespans as if they were just widgets. I'm so sickened by even knowing the basics of how they're warehoused that I cannot stomach eating any meat that is not raised on a certified organic farm, where humane treatment of animals is part of the certification process. Besides which the meat just tastes healthy and better to me.

All I see are so-called educated people closed to the truth, unable to see how to improve the lot of our fellow Earth inhabitants while remaining carnivores, and so they diss Anderson and her fellow Canadian activists because their feeble minds cannot come up with a thoughtful defense. I think he and the TV commentator would be the first to squawk if they were put in an enclosed environment, arm-to-arm with their fellow food products, nails and teeth removed, always on a rough floor, having the same mushy food morning-to-night day in day out, and only seeing daylight through slits.

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