Meat and Morality

December 14, 2003

Roast pig may look delicious on the holiday table, but you might pass on the pork if you met Piglet.  That famous New Zealand pig swam in the ocean each day, loved the violin and, as the story goes, sang to the moon.  But she was more than an exceptional pet.  To one man she was an  ambassador for farm animals everywhere.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, an argument for animal emotion.  Also, meet Mr. Cutlet.  Whether it’s steak, chops or chicken, he’ll tell you eating meat is part of what it means to be alive.

  1. Matthew Scully and Michael Pollan on the Ethics of Meat

    Matthew Scully is a speech writer for President Bush and the author of “Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering if Animals and the Call to Mercy.” Michael Pollan is a writer and the author of “The Botany of Desire.”

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  2. Mr. Cutlets on "Meat Me in Manhattan"

    Mr. Cutlets really loves meat. He talks about his favorite cuts and how to cook them and why his last meal would be a pastrami sandwich.

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  3. Celia Brooks Brown on "Party Food for Vegetarians"

    Celia Brooks Brown is an American who lives in the U.K. and is making a reputation as a high-brow vegetarian chef. Her books include “Party Food for Vegetarians.”

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  4. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson on Farm Animal Emotions

    Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently “The Pig Who Sang to the Moon.”  He says that farm animals have rich, complex emotional lives.

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