August 30, 2007, - 11:32 am

Animal Rights Professor: Eating Meat Worse Than Vick’s Dogfighting

Leave it to an animal rights freak to find an absurd angle to the Michael Vick dogfighting story.
Peter Singer, the famed Princeton University Professor–who believes that animals are equal to humans (if not superior) and should have legal rights–is interviewed by The New Republic (where I was once an intern, for Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke). In the interview, Singer disagrees with the NBA’s Stephon Marbury that hunting is equal to dogfighting, because in hunting animals are killed instantly and experience far less pain.

Animal Rights Nuttery: Eating Meat Worse Than Dogfighting/Dog-Murder

But the punchline is that Singer says those of us who eat meat are committing a more heinous act than either dogfighting or hunting. He says this is because animals are kept in poor conditions and meet painful ends in meat processing factories.
Forgive me for my ignorance. But this is worse than drowning and throwing dogs to the ground in an effort to murder them, as Vick did? And this is worse than training dogs to maul and cut and bite each other to their deaths? This isn’t a matter of nuance. There’s a huge difference in the levels of cruelty between dog-fighting and eating meat. Night and day. And in the opposite direction from which Professor Singer sees it.
Sorry, but the animal rights crowd is off its collective rocker.

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11 Responses

Vick’s crime is heinous. Eating meat is why our craniums developed as they did. When I went to college (years ago), I just don’t remember this many pompous assinine academics running around making totally absurd comparisons. It’s getting to the point where it may be helpful to all if we round up all of these college nutcases and “tenure” them in a cave with an adjoining pasture. There they can live in peace with the other wild animals, naked or in a loincloth spun of flax, eating grass and roots. Lord almighty, what a bunch of nuts.

FreeAmerican on August 30, 2007 at 11:54 am

That Singer is a tenured prof at Princeton tells you all you need to know about the sad state of Ivy League academia, and therefore academia at large.
I suggest that those far removed from this–notably people with kids younger than college age–examine the situation. You will not believe how bad it is.

Red Ryder on August 30, 2007 at 1:04 pm

This is simply a matter of Vick being twisted in his psyche. To kill an animal for food is COMPLETELY different from raising and training pups to fight and kill each other and then standing by and laughing and enjoying the spectacle. A Human has got to be mentally sick.
But this sort of thing goes on in the American South – like cockfights or other (shudder) in Mexico.
You must be aware that poor country people in the U.S.South do it all the time, both White and Black. It’s a passtime, it’s a sport – they have nothing better to do.
Vick just got found out.
In fact, this man should NOT do his time in prison, but SHOULD DO COMMUNITY WORK IN THE ANIMAL SHELTERS! Taking care of helpless animals – UNDER SUPERVISION – would no more to teach him mercy and compassion towards helpless animals.

allat on August 30, 2007 at 1:21 pm

I actually just had an argument with someone who claimed the Amish here in rural Ohio putting down sick dogs with a gunshot is equal to the depravity of Ron Mexico’s dog-fighting. What a joke. There is a difference between a gun shot and instantaneous death than being mauled, torn apart, drowned, or smashed on the ground to be literally shattered to death.

JasonBourne81 on August 30, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Singer sits around thinking up absurd things to say in order to get headlines. He has a long reputation for saying foolish things, things that any thinking person would know are absolute nonsense. The sad part is that one of our (formerly) premier institutions of higher learning, Princeton, gives this fool a podium from which to bark. I once had great respect for Princeton, but it is long gone, gone before Singer got there, but he has simply confirmed my changed opinion.

Dr. D on August 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Many institutes of higher learning no longer offer what the university experience is supposed to primarily teach – the ability to think critically. Instead, what we have, even amongst our most elite universities, are a collection of left wing, socialist maddrasses that are often times overtly anti-American haters of western civilization.

JasonBourne81 on August 30, 2007 at 4:22 pm

The first smack-down I saw against Singer was a chapter in Daniel Flynn’s “Intellectual Morons.”
Pass the A-1 sauce, please!

Jeremiah on August 30, 2007 at 5:04 pm

If Peter Singer thinks that animals are superior to people, then I would like to see him explain his theory to a school of piranhas.

chsw on August 30, 2007 at 10:34 pm

There are people in this world that needs to be punched in the face, and this Peter Singer needs a left hook right to his glass jaw.

Squirrel3D on August 31, 2007 at 9:36 pm

First off, don’t overgeneralize about ivy league institutions. Each department is a separate entity, and plenty of my economics professors have voiced dissent against the liberal arts departments and “post modern marxist drivel.” This is not to say that the liberal arts are in fact “post modern marxist drivel,” it’s simply to illustrate that you can’t overgeneralize from one professor to the entire state of academia. Now, as for dogfighting vs. the meat industry. I actually do agree with Peter Singer. The meat industry is filthy and disgusting. If we took humans and treated them like farm animals to be eaten, it’d be an insane form of torture. Chickens are packed so tightly in modern farms that they live and breathe in their own feces, while these dogs would fight each other naturally. I think people are just turning a blind eye to their own hypocrisy when they condemn dog fighting but continue to eat factory meat. See the following peta propaganda video: While I do love eating meat, I at least admit that the treatment of animals is wrong.

thomas on August 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Sigh, I’m a bit of an animal rights activist, I hate sea world, I even tried to go vegan and failed, but this is ridiculous, dog fighting is the worst, my family owns 2 dogs, I love dogs, but I don’t own any because I’m a teenager! Michael Vick should have served 10-20 years not 2, Pollard didn’t hurt anybody and had his plea bargain broken! Ms. Schlussel, I never heard those hypocritical prison rights activists complain about it, did you?!

Robyn on January 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

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