Every animal dies. And they generally do not die peacefully in their sleep, surrounded by loved ones recalling the good times.

So long as the animals we raise for human consumption are treated humanely during their lives, and killed without undue stress, I see that as a positive over the alternative.

This is not to say that I condone keeping animals in cages, denying them their movement, social contact, and whatever passes for happiness in the animal world.

But if they have a good life and an easy death, then I do not mind eating their carcasses after they are done with them. Our cows, sheep, poultry, and so on are now amongst the most successful of animal species, numbering in their billions. They could not have achieved such success in the wild, where predators and disease could strike them down, hunger, weather, or thirst could cut them agonisingly short.

Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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