Using the overwhelming passage of Proposition 2 in California as one “stunning” marker of our movement’s progress and acceptance, columnist Nicholas Kristof turns his attention again to animal protection today on the OpEd page of The New York Times.
He reminds readers of our moral responsibilities to animals and places animal protection in the mainstream of American thought, with the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist giving due recognition to philosopher Peter Singer for providing an undeniable intellectual spark to the modern era of animal protection.
Kristof is particularly attuned to the abuses of animals on factory farms, building on his two columns last month about the rampant use of antibiotics in industrial animal production. Kristof is perhaps the nation’s most powerful popular opinion writer on the urgent moral questions on the planet, and it is so heartening to see him take up the cause of animal protection so cogently and enthusiastically.
While on the subject of columns, I have my own column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today about the abuse of exotic animals in the pet trade. Missouri is a center for the trade, and I make the case for reform in today’s paper.