Another compelling article by Armory editor and publisher Marcia Mueller
The Road to Hamburger Hell
by Marcia Mueller
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the latest critics calling on people to stop eating beef. DiCaprio is concerned primarily about the effects of cattle raising on climate change. Other critics focus on the health issues of fast foods, such as the danger of eating meat from animals given hormones and antibiotics. Animal rights activists point to the cruelty involved in raising and killing animals for food. Deciding to quit eating beef is easy. Trying to stop the abuse of animals in agriculture and curtailing environmental destruction is harder and means fighting hamburger culture.
In his book “Animal Oppression & Human Violence,” David A. Nibert uses the expression “hamburger culture” to refer to the social, economic, and political network that oversees the use of animals as commodities. It includes ranchers, factory farms, slaughterhouses, restaurants…
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