Cute pel­i­can, de­li­cious chicken

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

I won­der how many of the ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who helped save a pel­i­can from the deadly Gulf oil have other birds for din­ner. Most peo­ple are ap­palled by the dev­as­ta­tion of an­i­mal life by the Gulf oil spill, yet they sub­si­dize the sys­tem­atic killing of other an­i­mals for their din­ner ta­ble. They know that meat and dairy harm the en­vi­ron­ment and their fam­ily’s health but com­part­men­tal­ize this knowl­edge when shop­ping for food.

And it goes be­yond di­etary flaws. We tol­er­ate the killing of in­no­cent peo­ple when our govern­ment and me­dia la­bel them ter­ror­ists; we ig­nore the suf­fer­ing and star­va­tion of a bil­lion peo­ple, ex­cept when our govern­ment and me­dia tell us to care be­cause an earth­quake or tsunami has struck.

Our so­ci­ety would ben­e­fit greatly from more orig­i­nal thinkers, and our per­sonal diet is a great place to start.

CALVIN HEN­NI­SON think.again@in­ Austin

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