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Animal Cruelty or the Price to the Poor?

In the piece, Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner?, Nicholas Kristof discusses the care, or lack thereof, of chickens in the slaughter industry. We get concern about: dogs, chickens on the way to slaughter, the health of chickens, the effect of sick chickens on humans, the livelihood of farmers speaking out, chicken living conditions, and efficiency vs. oppressive treatment of farmers and animals from the industry. In the midst of this complaint, there’s this nugget:

In fairness, the chicken companies excel at producing cheap food, with the price of chicken falling by at least half in real terms since 19301.

This is important because the one thing that never gets mentioned in this list of gripes is what tinkering with these things will do to the cost of chicken. Obviously, it will raise prices. And when the prices of goods and services go up, who does it hurt? The poor.

And what isn’t mentioned in Kristof’s list of concerns? How fixing the "problem" will affect the poor? Is that because he cares more about the chickens? Maybe not, but leaving the poor out of the equation is a common theme when discussing liberal initiatives.


  1. Kristof, Nicholas. "Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner?". The New York Times. 16 Apr 2016. Web. Accessed 19 Apr 2016.

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Left Pushes Anti-Human Policies; Surprised When Gunman Shoots Up School

Everyone is looking for a reason behind the massacre at Sandy Hook. They want to know how this happened, and why this happened, and they want to know how to fix it. They’re looking at gun control, mental health, violent video games, and movies. They’re looking for some cause to blame; a cause to get rid of. While mental health is certainly a place to look because it deals with individuals, it is not the cause. Everyone is looking in the wrong place.

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Dolphins Should Be Treated As ‘Non-human Persons’

[Scientists say dolphins should be treated as ‘non-human persons](http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/article6973994.ece)

This article popped up on the Times Online website. I couldn’t believe what I read. The article states, “The researchers argue that their work shows it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing.” Are you kidding me? Morally unacceptable?

What is morally unacceptable is that human beings want to give dolphins person status, while refusing the same status to unborn actual humans. If these people had their way, dolphins would have more human rights those those unborn humans slaughtered at will in abortion clinics.

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