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by Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns
The plea for ethical veganism, which rejects the treatment of birds and other animals as a food source, is not rooted in arid adherence to diet or dogma,
but in the desire to eliminate the kinds of experiences that using animals for food confers upon beings with feelings. Historically, ethical vegetarianism
has rejected the eating of an animal's muscle tissue, or "meat," as this requires killing an animal specifically for the purpose of consumption. The
ethical vegetarian regards killing an unoffending creature simply to please one's palate and conform to society with revulsion and likewise disdains
premeditating the premature death of an animal. Thus, Plutarch mourned that "But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun
and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy."
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Healthy & Humane Observer Editor Gia Campola and UPC President Karen Davis enjoy the Vegetarian Summerfest at the University of Pittsburgh,
Johnstown, PA, July 3-7, 2013. For more photos of this wonderful event and other exciting news, see www.upc-online.org/whatsnew/.