Pardon our obliviousness to the pain and suffering of other animals
Who (not what) we eat is on the minds of many people and the conclusion of a another essay in The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof called "Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?" is a good way to end this essay. Mr. Kristof writes, "May our descendants, when, in the future, they reflect uncomprehendingly on our abuse of hens and orcas, appreciate that we are good and decent people moving in the right direction, and show some compassion for our obliviousness."
Scalding chickens is "business as usual"
I'm thrilled to see these essays appearing in The New York Times and hope they really serve to make a change in how food animals are treated. I leave it to you to decide whether to read them, but be assured that when you eat chicken and other "food animals" you're eating pain. Scalding chickens and brutalizing billions of sentient beings is "business as usual" - perfectly okay and encouraged for profit and productivity - at so-called factory farms.
Of course, the bottom line is that billions of food animals suffer the most enduring and deep pain as they're brutalized to become meals, and we must stop this heinous treatment right now. We don't need to wait for "the science" nor for politicians to get involved. Everyone can do this right now - today - simply by choosing other meal plans.