Contrary to Peter Singer’s pie in the sky argument, there is no such thing as 'animals killed painlessly and without suffering' on a farm. What farm have you heard of that gives a painkilling medication to the animals before sticking a knife in their throats? Can’t think of any.
KAREN DAVIS: While Peter Singer’s new book is said to include updates on the advancing technological assaults on farmed animals and recent cognitive science on certain animals hitherto deemed insentient, his current “recommendations” suggest that his own advocacy for animals has not advanced since 1975 and may even have regressed.
Prime example: from The Guardian
Q. Conscientious omnivores oppose factory farming but continue to eat animal products from farmers who treat their animals well and don’t subject them to suffering. Do they get a pass?
A. Honestly, I can’t show that they are wrong. Assume that the cows wouldn’t have existed if they weren’t going to be sold for their meat and the conscientious omnivores investigate how their food is produced, and can be confident that the animals really do have good lives and are killed painlessly and without suffering – then I think they do get a pass. They’re allies in the movement against factory farming, and a world of conscientious omnivores would produce much less meat and dairy products, with vastly less suffering.
Who are these “conscientious omnivores” exactly, and what, in specific terms, does “treat their animals well” mean? The “conscientious omnivore,” on whom most have presumably modeled themselves, is Michael Pollan – no moral hero whatsoever, more of a sadist and mean-spirited ignoramous, where farmed animals are concerned…
Contrary to Peter Singer’s pie in the sky, there is no such thing as “animals killed painlessly and without suffering” on a farm. There never was, isn’t now, never will be. What farm have you heard of that gives a painkilling medication to the animals before sticking a knife in their throats? Or that medicates them or provides veterinary care and treatment when one of the farm’s chickens or goats or pigs gets sick? Can’t think of any?
Do we who call ourselves animal advocates consider people who kill animals for the human palate and for profit “our allies”?… And if, indeed, the chicken or turkey, say, is enjoying a happy life, how does morality justify killing him or her years before he or she would have otherwise lived and thrived? This is not euthanasia. This is cold-blooded killing. This is raw economics, not ethics or empathy or respect for the life and feelings of a fellow creature who wants to live and is not ready to die. (“But you’re gonna die, chicken, because my bottom line is more important than your life.”)…
What I am urging by posing these few, simple yet vital questions is that people who honestly care about animals think about what they are subscribing to before deciding upon Peter Singer’s vision of “animal liberation.” Hopefully they will have second thoughts and decide we owe more – much more – to our fellow beings in chains than this low, uninspired bar of “liberation”. SOURCE…