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Today in Speciesism

The New York Times reported that one of Queen Elizabeth’s 200 swans that live on Baths Island was found having been “barbecued and eaten.” In England, is illegal to injure or kill a wild swan.

“The whole breast had been removed, and it looked like it had been eaten for lunch.” There was “just a swan skeleton left,” she said. “It’s absolutely disgusting, I can’t imagine the kind of people that would do this.”  — Wendy Hermon of Swan Lifeline

Unfortunately, I can imagine the kind of people who would do this – carnists. They are the same people who are going to barbecue a chicken (or a turkey, or any other bird) remove the breast, and eat it for lunch. I agree with Ms. Hermon that what happened to the swan is absolutely disgusting. But what I find even more disgusting is that there is special consideration given to swans over the animals used for food: while there is outrage and disgust over a BBQed swan, society thumbs up the torture, mistreatment, killing, and serving of other birds. I hope anyone who is condemning the killing and eating of a swan is not planning on getting some KFC tonight.


About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.


2 thoughts on “Today in Speciesism

  1. Love your title “Today in Speciesism” … maybe I will do an article about this idea of speciesim. Love your reports! Very well written.


    Posted by DriReview | August 22, 2013, 6:32 pm

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