An event currently taking place in Denver, Colorado, may make compassionate people wonder what some people have been smoking. “Hoofin’ It” is a nearly week-long affair in which people walk from restaurant to restaurant to consume hoofed animals, including pigs, cows, bison, and sheep. Just as disturbing as the event’s concept is its theme: “Respect Your Dinner.”
The organizers of the event are happily hitching their wagons to the meat industry’s newest marketing buzzwords: “humane meat.” But as PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk explains, “There is nothing humane about the flesh of animals who have had one or two or perhaps three improvements made in their absolutely singularly rotten lives ….”
See if you agree with PETA about the myth of “humane meat” and with Ingrid’s explanation about why the concept further endangers animals raised for food:
There is no such thing as “humane meat,” and promoting the myth, especially when it’s done by animal “moderates,” serves only to make people feel better about eating animals and hinders the progress of the animal rights movement. As Dr. Martin Luther King wrote from the Birmingham jail, moderates may be the most damaging thing to a movement whose time has come.