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Letter: Our hyprocrisy

Gov. Patrick signed the “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety” bill and then presumably enjoyed a “steak” or a “hamburger” for lunch. The only thing more staggering than the intellectual compartmentalization and moral hypocrisy represented here is the extent to which it is perfectly, pervasively “normal” in the lives of most Americans. The bill recognizes what most people have come to recognize: that it is morally wrong and undermining to our highest ideals to inflict deliberate cruelty on other living beings, and yet it does so while refusing to acknowledge the largest, most extensive and systematic machine for inflicting terror, suffering and death on sentient beings ever developed in the history of life on the planet — otherwise known as the “livestock industry,” otherwise known as what most people call “food.”

Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz, kept his family in a cozy little bourgeoise house in the middle of the worst of the Nazi death camps. While overseeing the industrial slaughter of tens of thousands of human beings deemed “vermin” or “untermensch” by his ideology, he loved his own children and returned home from “work” every day to the embrace of his precious family. He failed or refused to see that the children being fed into the ovens on the other side of the fence were precisely, by any moral or biological analysis, the same as his own, beloved children. As the Holocaust survivor Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote of the moral dynamic between humans and other animals, “In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”

JOEL THOMAS-ADAMS

Old Deerfield

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