as published in The Press (New Zealand)
November 7, 2015
Kindness and cruelty
It’s true that humans and animals have a close relationship (Editorial, ‘Applaud SPCA’s tougher stance’ Nov 3) but it’s a very peculiar relationship because we treat some with kindness and others with cruelty.
We subject farm animals to a multitude of agonising mutilations – branding, mulesing, castration, tail-docking, de-beaking etc – but if any of these were performed on a pet animal the perpetrator would be regarded as a monster.
We drop live male chicks into mincing machines and we boil lobsters to death. We impale fish on hooks that cut deeply into their sensitive throats then we slowly suffocate them.
Surely cruelty is cruelty. Does it make the slightest sense to denounce cruelty to certain animals while embracing cruelty to other animals?
Surely torturing animals for meat, milk and eggs that we don’t need to eat is just as abhorrent as torturing animals for fun.
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