The Carnivore's Dilemma?
- Simply put, when it comes to the Food Movement’s long-term viability, could it be that changing what we eat is more important than improving its source? Might the only way to reform our food system—rather than simply providing alternatives—be to stop raising animals for consumption? Pollan has addressed these questions by explaining, “what’s wrong with animal agriculture—with eating animals—is the practice, not the principle.” But what if he’s got that backward? What if, when it comes to eating animals, the Food Movement’s principles are out of whack?
The rightness or wrongness of killing aninals for food depends on the answer to one question, posed to Catholic Answers here — Do animals have souls like human beings? The answer: "The soul is the principle of life. Since animals and plants are living things, they have souls, but not in the sense in which human beings have souls. Our souls are rational--theirs aren't--and ours are rational because they're spiritual, not material." Amen.
From the old blog, some thoughts of mine and others on the subject — Against Factory Farming, Pigs Are Pigs, Not Production Units, "Perhaps the Cruelest Industry".