The Fellowship of Life
By Margaret Lawson
Animals have rights
Reader's response to Margaret Lawson's Animal Welfare
Sir, - It is such a pity that Margaret
Lawson (letters, March 27) should assume (a) that "consecrated"
Christians must inevitably be vegetarians and (b) that only vegetarians
are fully opposed to factory farming.
Of course a change in life-style may and should arise from a banning
of these horrendous methods of food production. And we are told that it
is much better for us to eat less meat and fewer eggs; in much of the
world, in any case, these form a rich man's diet. But, given that most
of us will continue to eat some meat and dairy produce, conditions for
its production can be vastly improved, and indeed can also be
The Jews, to whom was given a commandment, "Thou shalt not kill",
quoted by Margaret Lawson, cannot have understood it to refer to
animals, which they sacrificed in great numbers. If we accept that it is
right to eat meat, then onus is on us to pressurise the retailers, the
producers and the legislators (as well as fellow meat-eaters!) to enable
the animals thus used to enjoy their short lives and to die with as
little pain and fear as possible.
We know there is a long way to go.
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