Animal rights: Has the time come?

  • Article by: Nicholas Kristof , New York Times
  • Updated: July 29, 2013 - 8:45 PM

We're conflicted, hypocritical, but more and more we agree a line must be drawn on their suffering.

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theruntJul. 29, 1310:07 PM

Many have a disconnect between what they're eating and where it came from. It's a burger. A brat. A hot dog. Pepperoni... Like it's not from a living creature but something that just conveniently is there.

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owatonnabillJul. 30, 13 6:06 AM

"We disagree about where to draw the line to protect animal rights, but almost everyone now agrees that there is a line to be drawn." .................. Do we? This topic is so incredibly culture-specific that agreement is well-nigh impossible. We recoil at the Masai people slitting the neck veins of their cattle and drinking their raw blood but accept the "humane" slaughter of steers so our hamburger and porterhouse supply remains constant. We force horses to race--sometimes to the death especially in cases of expensive thoroughbreds whose leg strength has been so bred out of them in favor of lightness and agility that leg fractures from racing--and the consequent date with the guy with the rifle--is all too common, but cheerily feed Fido his daily ration of CritterChow oblivious to the fact that it is probably 50% or more horsemeat. We pass laws (and rightfully so) that prohibit causing undue suffering in animals, but that is not so much a responsibility to the animal as it is an admission of responsibility to ourselves that WE need to act in a humane manner. Animals have no rights. It is an illusion that is first and foremost a cultural phenomenon dependent not only on the critter in question but also on the culture where the critter is lucky (or unlucky) enough to live.

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elind56Jul. 30, 13 8:35 AM

"...but almost everyone now agrees that there is a line to be drawn."---------------------Lines were drawn a long time ago. This is about moving them. The intent of PETA and other like-minded organizations and individuals is to continue moving that line in their direction through regulation and legislation until eating meat is a luxury few can afford. They will torment us to no end because they are 'enlightened' and consider anyone who doesn't think as they do to be barbarians.

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kindaliberalJul. 30, 1311:28 AM

I have no problem eating meat or fish who are taken naturally without adding anti-biotics, hormones etc., and/or raised in a humane way. There is no reason to make any living thing suffer. I do wonder what we would do with cattle and pigs if they weren't raised to be eaten? Wouldn't there be far less of them as they cost money to feed and why do it if not for food?

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digmyholeyJul. 30, 13 2:36 PM

If the discriminatory bigots would open their minds and finally support equal rights and interbestial marriage then we will finally see the utopia that God has designed.

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digmyholeyJul. 30, 13 2:39 PM

Given the right circumstances we are all capable of artocities through despicable henous action.

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digmyholeyJul. 30, 13 2:40 PM

Human are the most cruel species in all the animal kingdom.

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rlwr51Jul. 30, 13 3:45 PM

I am fine with raising animals for food. I am not fine with the suffering put upon them.

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redkayakJul. 30, 13 8:22 PM

It may be time to roll back from corporate farms to family owned farms that have multiple products and multiple animals. When I grew up on a farm 50 years ago we have about 5 acres for about 10 pigs to roam and a barn for them to enter and exit as they pleased and about 100 acres of pasture for 30 cows. Now animals are packed into hellish cramped quarters so big corporate farms can squeeze every nickel of profit out of them. It's very sad. Farmers don't love their animals like my father did. He was genuinely sad whenever animals were sent to slaughter in South St. Paul.

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stpaulisbestJul. 31, 13 9:14 PM

Animal rights, has the time come? No.

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