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The Real Suffering of That Free-Range Chicken

An interview with PETA President Ingrid Newkirk

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Courtesy of PETA

Paul Sutherland: Spiritual people tend to think that they’re compassionate and caring, and I think that they are. But there seems to be a disconnect about the suffering of animals. How do you connect people so that when they stick their fork into a free-range chicken, they feel the suffering behind each bite?Ingrid Newkirk: I understand the disconnect because I grew up eating animals. I think most people who think they’re eating “humane” meat have obvious compassion, but I urge them to think more deeply about the fact that you can’t trust the label. Truly humane meat is soy meat. It’s tempeh meat. It’s lentil loaf. It’s things that are made without stealing from animals and killing animals. Humane meat is falsely labeled. It’s less cruel, or slightly less cruel meat. That’s the accurate label—with the emphasis on slightly.Most compassionate people couldn’t watch the slaughter process, which isn’t even covered by that label. Most couldn’t bear to see inside a pig transport truck, where, in winter, the pigs are frozen to the sides because they have flesh like ours. If there’s rain coming through, or sleet …

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.


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