From the Boston Herald, we get news of the death of a tortured dog. In response to this news, I wrote this letter:
I was saddened to read about the torture and subsequent death
of the dog deemed "Puppy Doe." What the public outcry about these kinds
of events misses, however, is that these kinds of events are not
abnormal at all.
Literally billions of animals are essentially tortured and killed every
year in the US in the ubiquitous practice of animal agriculture. The
animals on whom we impose suffering and death for use in food, clothing,
and entertainment have lives that are just as valuable as the life that
was stolen from Puppy Doe. Their pain is just as real.
If we reject the unnecessary and unjustified abuse that this
dog endured as morally offensive, then we must also reject the
widespread use of animals in which such abuse is constant and
unavoidable. This means becoming vegan. That is, we should stop consuming any animals products, and advocate ending the exploitation of
our fellow creatures.