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(US) Harnessing market forces will aid animals more than veganism

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    [opinion from Yale Daily News] The state of animal farming in this country is abysmal. The small farm and slaughterhouse have been almost entirely replaced by
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      [opinion from Yale Daily News]

      The state of animal farming in this country is abysmal. The small farm and
      slaughterhouse have been almost entirely replaced by the vertically
      integrated meat and animal products conglomerate; environmental disaster
      and unintentional cruelty to animals in the name of efficiency have become
      de facto standards in much of the industry. Chelsea Purvis' recent guest
      column ("Sustainable Farms Offer More Humane Option," November 18, 2003)
      does an excellent job describing the horrible conditions of mainstream
      animal farming. What lies outside the scope of Purvis' column, however, is
      that elements of the environmental far left have long campaigned for
      lifestyle-based non-solutions that fail to address the problem in a
      comprehensive manner.

      Groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and
      others have taken advantage of the situation to vociferously promote
      veganism (and, as a less acceptable alternative, vegetarianism) amongst
      socially conscious consumers. PETA and its allies have an ulterior motive
      grounded in extreme ideology: the belief that any form of animal
      domestication is automatically immoral; the leaders of PETA believe that
      the only "ethical" contact between humans and animals is no contact at
      all. PETA's philosophy would leave us without not only household pets, but
      also antibiotics, the smallpox vaccine and most of the rest of modern
      medicine.
      ...
      Veganism is not activism because it is equivalent to abstention; given the
      general public's immutable predilection for animal products, veganism is
      passivism, it is withdrawal, it is an ideologically grounded ignorance of
      a superior alternative.

      L. David Peters is a junior in Davenport College.

      full story:
      http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=24270

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