'You're not becoming a vegetarian, are you?' said a friend who was actually scowling at me, when I ordered a salad at lunch.

Author:Mills, David
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT - Brief article
 
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"You're not becoming a vegetarian, are you?" said a friend who was actually scowling at me, when I ordered a salad at lunch. I wasn't, as it happened, but only eating lightly because we were going to a banquet in the evening and I wanted to take full advantage of the free food. The vegetarian case is one that pokes at me, at least the moral one. Not, in other words, that we shouldn't eat meat, but that perhaps we shouldn't eat much of the meat offered to us because it's cruelly produced.

As our friend and writer Mary Eberstadt writes in her introduction to Catholic theologian Charles Camosy's book For Love of Animals, "vegetarianism for some believers might be a unique 'sign of contradiction' in its own right--particularly in a time of relative plenty marked by rampant consumerism, and particularly given...

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