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Robert Grillo

Is slaughter made "humane" simply by doing it on a smaller scale, in your own backyard or under the pretext of "strengthening your local food system" as author Ali Berlow would have you believe in her new book the Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse? How can slashing the throats of animals for profit and pleasure, but not for necessity, be consistent with acting humanely, especially when there is an abundance of cruelty-free alternatives? How can we claim to value the animal's welfare yet so easily and violently dispose of their lives, as if their very lives held no value? What does it say about our culture when people like Berlow who come from one of the most affluent regions (Martha’s Vineyard) in one of the world’s most affluent countries still feel entitled enough to harm animals for their own pleasure, even after claiming to understand that animals count morally and should therefore be given moral consideration? Isn’t this yet another example of Orwellian doublespeak? As Voltaire famously said "If we believe in absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

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