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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, October 23, 2005


With the widespread news of bird flu cases on the rise, this organization may find itself as the next Red Cross.

We are just over six months away from the next International Respect for Chickens Day, May 4, 2006. You can read about the rousing success of the 2005 observation of this new, celebrated holiday here. (The Dave Barry disclaimer applies: I am NOT making this up.)

A feminist agenda appears to be at the root of this organization. Some quotes:
The analogy between women and nonhuman animals overlooks the perhaps more crucial comparison between women and farm animals.

Not only men but women and animal protectionists exhibit a culturally-conditioned indifference toward, and prejudice against, creatures whose lives appear too slavishly, too boringly, too stupidly female, too "cowlike." Moreover, we regard conscious logical reasoning as the only valid sort of "mind." Evidence that chimpanzees possess such a mind is a primary reason why many are now insisting that they should be granted "human rights." Human rights for chimpanzees? Yes. Human rights for chickens? Meaningless.

This brings in the question of deep ecology. The philosophy of deep ecology, with its emphasis on the ecosphere as a whole, including both sentient and nonsentient beings, presents a salutary challenge to the reductionist logic and homocentric morality of western culture. As the branch of environmentalism that emphasizes the spiritual component of nature and of our relationship to the natural world, deep ecology offers deliverance from the western exfoliative global enterprise based on mechanistic models and unbridled greed of acquisition and inquiry masquerading as progress.

Oh dear . . . I'm afraid I'm dangerously close to having a "homocentric morality."

Admittedly, I find this entire website uproariously funny, hence, I set out to mock it by this post. Well, the author condemns my attitude:
If women feel bludgeoned by this oppressive mentality, how must the animals be affected by it? Let us consider not only the pain that we impose on them, but the moral ecology within which we inflict it--the belittling, sniggering atmosphere of pompous hatred and contempt that we emanate in which countless billions of beings are forced to live. This moral ecology is as distinctive a human contribution to the range of experiences in the world as anything else that our species has conferred.

Wow. Any effort to engage in meaningful dialogue with this philosophy has to begin with Genesis, at least.

Be sure to peruse the "Thinking like a chicken" page, where there are links to essays comparing the slaughter of chickens to the Holocaust and FAQ page entitled "Don't Plants Have Feelings Too?"

I will clearly need to update as Thanksgiving draws near . . .

(Hat Tip: Gilbert Magazine)