Hard to believe we're no closer to this eventuality now than back when Moore said it. And today, apathy and ignorance are inexcusable. People consciously choose cruelty when they have other choices. Which is unsettling.
And think to how long ago The Smiths recorded 'Meat Is Murder'. Morrissey has been an impressive pioneer, speaking out on the topic of this exploitative behavior without fail, while others haven't.
The reason these outdated behaviors, ones entirely lacking respect for the nature and the lives of our fellows, have continued––and even expanded to outlandish, mass proportions––is that there are bullying industries out there who want to profit from the choices people are willing to make.
All anyone really needs to do to make a big difference is to stop supporting those industries immediately. And to say something about it. Live and let live (and free will) applies to all species. So I do talk about it these days. I stayed quiet for a very long time.
The photo accompanying this article features lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist Paul McCartney with his late wife and co-veggie, Linda McCartney––who together raised anti-fur/anti-cruelty fashion designer Stella McCartney.