Unthinkable Today, Obvious Tomorrow: The Moral Case for the Abolition of Cruelty to Animals

Animals Rights tend to be seen as a liberal cause, and justifiably so.

So when the National Review Online, which describes itself as “America’s most widely read and influential magazine and web site for conservative news, commentary, and opinion” publishes an extensive article on animal rights, entitled Unthinkable Today, Obvious Tomorrow: The Moral Case for the Abolition of Cruelty to Animals, it catches our attention!

Beautifully written by Matthew Scully, a former literary editor of National Review and senior speechwriter to President George W. Bush, it details in great length the current state of the industrial agriculture machine and its madness.

‘Hyper-bred in industrial facilities, separated at once from their mothers, denied the outdoors and anything resembling a natural life, confined without relief between bars, mutilated, experiencing no touch of human kindness before it all ends in the mayhem of slaughter, these creatures still have the social natures of their own distant wild ancestors. Each one still has the emotions, the desires, the need for play, companionship, and maternal care that allowed their kind to flourish over millions of years before humans took charge of their existence. Each one can be happy, sad, lonely, and afraid.’

Also, the comment section of the article is a worthy read to gain insight into the reality-detached mentality of the typical American conservative.

Scully is also the author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, described by Natalie Angier in a book review published in The New York Times (October 27, 2002) as a “horrible, wonderful, important book… because the author, an avowed conservative Republican and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, is an unexpected defender of the animals against the depredations of profit driven corporations, swaggering, gun-loving hunters, proponents of renewed ‘harvesting’ of whales and elephants and others who insist that all of nature is humanity’s romper room, to play with, rearrange, and plunder at will.” Nichols Fox in a review published in The Washington Post wrote that Dominion is “destined to become a classic defense of mercy.


Further reading:

Dominion – GoodReads reviews



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