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Quote of the Day: “Melissa Bachman: Mild by Comparison”

For how would we plausibly argue that it is immoral to kill a lion, while simultaneously believing that it is not immoral to use and visit great suffering and hardship upon other nonhuman animals? Bacon, steak, eggs, lamb, veal. If it is wrong to kill a lion for pleasure, then it is wrong to kill a cat, pig, dog, cow, or any other sentient being merely to derive pleasure from ingesting its flesh. At any rate, death from Melissa Bachman’s bullet is inestimably more humane than death at an industrial slaughterhouse.  

Melissa Bachman: Mild by Comparison

Michael Glover wrote this thought-provoking article highlighting the hypocrisy of people who have denounced the actions of Bachman and yet are continuing to consume animals. To be enraged that a lion has been “murdered,” and yet continue to be complicit in the Holocaust of “food animals,” is problematic – and speciesist. As Glover points out, there is no moral difference between a lion and a pig, for example. Please reflect on this; at one time, I, too, was speciesist, but thinking and talking about these sorts of inconsistencies was helpful in seeing that I was wrong.


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.


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