Though why just now bringing the animals into consideration...sigh.
The article is fairly tame, but the fact that this is even in the Times renews this vegan's hope. However,the end part infuriates me, where there a line describing Gary Baur as a man who eats noodles with margarine, soy sauce & brewer's yeast, who's never heard of Chez Panisse. Just ending the article with that statement reinforces omnivorous minds that vegans have nothing to eat and are not at all sophisticated in their palettes. Oh that makes me mad. I live in NY, have traveled all over Europe and I know all the fabulous restaurants in NY, but I too do not know of Chez Panisse because I am not at all familiar with the famous restaurants in California. That was a nasty little dig and completely unnecessary.
Recently, I have been reading more of Gary Francione's blog, which denounces animal welfarists and promotes the abolitionist approach. Of course my heart is with the abolitionists, but I think the victories that the welfarist approach has brought are obviously steps in the right direction. As people become more concerned about what's in their food, they are becoming more educated about food. They become more aware of the fact that their meat, dairy & eggs come at the expense of an animal's suffering instead of just the packaged ham, bacon or burger that makes it easy to not think of the actual animal that has been slaughtered. I have to believe that as people actually give their food more thought & become more educated about livestock animals & the conditions that they live in that they will eventually come to reason that no piece of flesh or glass of milk is worth that torture. Baby steps will have do to for now...
On a related note, as we all know we are the only species that drink another species' milk. Milk meant for little baby cows who never even get to taste that perfect food meant for them as they are dragged off right after birth to be crated for veal and instead their babyfood goes straight to people to have with cookies by the glassful- disgusting. The true price of drinking milk is that every glass of milk has got a chunk of meat in it. Think of it this way: milking always pregnant human mothers, crating & chaining the sickly boy babies for tender "meat" and another animal drinking up your little baby's milk. Outrageous concept isn't it?
There's this Skittles' commercial that apparently disturbs people. I don't find it disturbing at all because if people are going to drink milk, they should drink it from their own kind- it would be more accurate to have a mother hooked up to the milking machine but that would be too confrontational & and actually remind us all that human milk is for human babies and cow milk is for baby cows.