The Human Cost of Animal Suffering

March 13, 2012, 8:30 pm <!– — Updated: 12:19 pm –>


 Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman on food and all things related.

Until a couple of years ago I believed that the primary reasons to eat less meat were environment- and health-related, and there’s no question that those are valid reasons. But animal welfare has since become a large part of my thinking as well. And I say this as someone not known to his friends as an animal-lover.

If we want a not-too-damaged planet to live on, and we want to live here in a way that’s also not too damaged, we’re better off eating less meat. But if we also want a not-too-damaged psyche, we have to look at how we treat animals and begin to change it.

Link to the book “Every Twelve Seconds”:

Every Twelve Seconds - cover

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4 Responses to The Human Cost of Animal Suffering

  1. Heather says:

    Wow, that was a great article and something I have been telling my family and friends for a long time. We need to make changes in how we eat and if people only knew the true story when they pick up that nicely packaged steak in the grocery store maybe, just maybe, we can make changes in how are food animals are raised.

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  4. Bev Herzog says:

    Great aticle, very informative, the public needs to know exactly the process.

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