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An essay on “our schizoid treatment of animals” that includes references to Kurt Vonnegut (twice), Joseph Campbell, intersubjectivity, Farm Sanctuary, and Parliament’s unanimous adoption of a motion for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

“Life is no way to treat an animal,” said Kurt Vonnegut in one of his last interviews. “It hurts too much.” Alas, we’re all part of it for as long as we’re standing. The best we can do is to find something that somehow ennobles the sorry business of eating other creatures to survive. How about striving to reduce the suffering of all beings, and to find some middle ground in our relationship with them between the polar extremes of ritual worship and mass slaughter? That seems to me to be a noble undertaking.

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