Application Of The New Ethic To Animals

Animals too have natures: the cowness of the cow, the pigness of the pig. Although these natures were protected in husbandry, they are now compromised in industrialized agriculture. So, society, in essence, has come to say that if these animals' rights are no longer presuppositional to animal agricultural, they must be socially imposed on producers, i.e., they must be legislated. Not surprisingly, studies show that the vast majority of the public affirms that animals have rights, as do many husbandry agriculturalists. A Gallup poll published in May of 2003

indicated that fully 75% of Americans wish to see laws protecting animals in agriculture (available at http://www. gallup.com).

The clearest example of this new ethic can be found in the Swedish law of 1988, which essentially ended Sweden confinement agriculture as the United States knows it, and required an agriculture that fits the animals' biological and psychological natures. Tellingly, the New York Times called this law a ''Bill of Rights for farm animals.''[5] More recently, this approach has been adopted by the European Union, and inexorably will spread to the United States when the public realizes that agriculture is no longer Old McDonalds' farm.

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