“If our father had had his way, nobody who did not know how to fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him.”
-Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
At the NY Times- Does it matter if a fish can feel pain?
A friend and colleague once played Devil’s advocate, that the process of getting didn’t quite matter if it (for e.g., shellfish) couldn’t quite feel the difference anyway. It doesn’t feel like we do.
I’m not sure why I felt strongly unsettled. Perhaps resting by that single line, entire production camps, camps which commodify, mutilate, and subvert animals for our eating convenience, will continue to churn right on.
Be careful with anything that dallies with the life of another.