An article entitled Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others appeared in yesterday’s edition of the New York Times. Needless to say it hits on a subject that interests Franktuary very much. Before you go onto my next paragraph, click on the story title.  Then take a moment to peruse it and the subsequent reader comments that have inspired my own thoughts in the rest of this space.

Back with me?  Good.  Here’s my take:

“I’m glad this discussion is occurring in such a high-profile space. To those who propose veganism –or any other diet– as a solution for everyone, I humbly suggest that there is no one-size-fits-all blueprint for the human body. I own a small restaurant and am a Crohn’s disease patient who finds that what I eat affects my day-to-day well-being greatly. Needless to say between my job and condition I spend a lot of time thinking about food.

While working with a nutritionist I tried a vegan diet and my symptoms became decidedly worse. Having said that, I want no part of CAFOs. I find that I do quite well when incorporating organic grass-fed beef and other “clean” sources of animal protein (along with plenty of cooked vegetables) into my diet. I’m lucky to be able to access such meat relatively easily. My point, of course, is that even as someone who is dependent on meat, I find the double-standard we have for pets and livestock troublesome.

I have no doubt that an animal (or plant) that is allowed to exist in its natural state before becoming food has a happier life and provides better nourishment to its eventual consumer. Whoever you are and whatever you eat, make an effort to know from where your food comes! And I don’t mean from Aisle 3. I promise you won’t regret it. Living creatures, whether plants, pets, or livestock, deserve the respect of those who have the power to control them.”