Those of you interested in what is going on in neighboring states concerning the regulation of food animal production should read this piece from Mother Jones. The issues it raises are relevant to the topic of Peter Singer’s talk, “The Ethics of What We Eat”, which will be given on November 13th at 4:00 pm in 10 Sparks on Penn State’s University Park campus.
Aside from raising the kinds of important questions concerning the moral status of non-human animals that Singer has often focused on, this piece also gives us an idea of the relatively large sums of money that are going towards both raising public awareness and protecting private financial interests.
Is our ability to respond to ethical challenges influenced by differences in the funding that is available to the different kinds of groups that are pursuing different interests?
Is it right (fair or just) that so much money has to be spent to convince people to do the right thing?