In a recent CNN op-ed piece, “The argument for eating dog,” author John D. Sutter brings public attention to the similarities among the various animals raised for meat in different countries, highlighting the Vietnamese dog meat trade.
The agonizing experience of seeing man’s best friend kept in tiny wire cages, beaten, and sold for meat is all too common for animal advocates. A new compilation of such images, shot by photographer Luke Duggleby in Southeast Asia, is currently breaking the hearts of millions of visitors to CNN’s blog.
Sutter writes, “I fear you’ll see Duggleby’s photos and think only one thing: How awful that people in Vietnam would eat these loveable, intelligent animals. You’ll do what I did, which is to imagine your dog, or your childhood dog, in one of these cages. You won’t think about the bigger picture.”
He continues, “If we’re appalled by the dog trade in Southeast Asia, we should be similarly appalled by some of the conditions that exist in factory animal farms in the United States — including the use of ‘gestation crates’ to confine mother pigs.”
Farmed animals are sentient beings, who experience joy, loneliness, frustration, fear, and pain just like the cats and dogs with whom many of us share our lives. The majority of people are opposed to cruelty to animals, and common sense tells us that all animals desire to be free from harm.
If we are to live our value of compassion for animals, we must start by leaving them off our plates and withdrawing our financial support of an industry that views them as mere commodities. For recipes and tips on transitioning to a humane meat-free diet, check outChooseVeg.com and order your free Vegetarian Starter Guide.