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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Vegetarianism: Consumer Activism and Economics

Many people are abhorred by some of the modern and inhumane methods by which animals are farmed and the conditions that they're subject to. It is honourable to wish to reduce the suffering of animals. It is good to insist that animals are farmed in ethical and compassionate ways. However, I think it is far better to support humane animal farming by buying meat produced by humane methods, rather than avoiding meat altogether. The massive meat industry is not affected by such passive vegetarian non-consumption protests. But if market forces dictate that ethical production methods sell better, the meat industry does listen. If you are morally concerned about the welfare of animals, as you should be, it is better to buy meat farmed ethically than it is to shun meat altogether, because that makes the entire market swing towards ethical methods and has a bigger impact than resorting to (self-harming) vegetarian protest.

The Economist magazine's special report (2006) explained that buying meat from those conforming to ethical standards is more effective at changing the industry than simply abstaining from meat altogether - "consumption, rather than non-consumption" is "far more likely to produce results" according to Ian Bretman of Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) International, the Fairtrade umbrella group.

Added to: "Vegetarianism: Consumer Activism and Economics" by Vexen Crabtree.

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I'm a hardcore carnivore. Rabbits snared on my own land are distinctly palatable [and zero-cost which is another major attraction!] - the big problem is snare-clearance: for every rabbit I pick up, Mr.Fox gets to another one before me.

Roadkill pheasants go in the pot - shame to waste them!

I must repossess my old air-rifle from my elder nephew - then wild wood-pigeon will be added to the diet.

As to paid-for meat, I'm lucky in having a choice of two seriously-good butchers in my nearest town. They get regular Q Awards for their meat. Not that I fret too much over the underlying ethics of meat-production - indeed my maxim is that if it tastes good, gobble it. I'm more concerned with the quality of preparation and range of products... they do a particularly fine Wild Boar and Herb sausage... as footpad can confirm.

Bring it awn!

I do, however, urge my carnivore friends to support the Humane Slaughter Association, which is possibly the only completely level-headed and unsqueamish animal-welfare charity.

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