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Meat-eating morals

By William Skidelsky  

In this week’s New Yorker, Bill Buford has written an article about the revival of carnivore culture. It contains the following passage: “Meat comes from an animal—a banal connection that has been obscured by the way supermarkets prepare and present our food—and the animal has to be killed. If you fear the sight of a carcass, you shouldn’t be eating from it.” This logic has become virtually axiomatic among right-thinking carnivores, but I wonder if it really makes sense. I agree with the first part. We shouldn’t take the fact that we kill animals to eat lightly. If a society…

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