Conservatives Don’t Like Animal Cruelty Either

factory_farm.jpgThe modern factory farm hasn’t improved much since the days of Upton Sinclair. In fact, with world-wide proliferation, dirty, overcrowded feed lots and sub-medieval conditions for the animals are probably worsening health risks for people. Many people, even steak-eaters like myself, see an obvious moral problem with the way that much of our meat is raised and the unscrupulous companies who manage it.
It’s a big issue, but the reason I raise it here is to cross a bridge. The factory farms issue does not have to be politicized in terms of right vs. left. There is a surprisingly loud conservative voice speaking out against it – in the form of former Bush speechwriter Matthew Scully’s cover story in the latest American Conservative magazine. Read it and you may be surprised at some of the things this arch-conservative mag has to say.
There are certainly politics involved and of course many conservatives would rather make jokes about animal-activists being lefty weirdos that do anything about the problem, but it’s another example of the “common ground” that can be found among thinking people regardless of the somewhat superficial lines of politics.
Found via Treehugger.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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