An Animal's Place Michael Pollan Analysis

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Life Market’s Inefficiencies According to the American Pet Products Association, roughly 62% of U.S households own a dog, which equates to 72.9 million homes. The APPA also states that about 45% of the dogs sleep in their owners’ bed; therefore, the role of the dog in American culture has been changing significantly, but the dog is not the only animal whose role in American culture has been changing. Many livestock animals such as the cattle, pig, and hen are being used for their meat in various practices that are being scrutinized by many leading activists including Michael Pollan. In Pollan’s essay “An Animal’s Place,” he describes the process for the production of livestock meat in farms all over the country. In the essay Pollan…show more content…
They believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering and also believe that animal rights is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is the leading animal rights group with over three million members and is commonly shown in its abbreviated form PETA. On their website the group’s founder Ingrid Newkirk says, “When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife” (3). Newkirk’s words are a little redundant when saying that “each one values his or her life and fights the knife.” Every animal in the world values its life and has a natural instinct for survival and reproduction. For example, the mayfly has a life cycle of only 24 hours. The aquatic insect's sole purpose is to hatch and reproduce, and its survival depends on quantity, so they immediately get to work mating to ensure their existence continues. Humans are the driving force to ensure that the cow, hen, and pig species all survive. However, the activist believes survival is not enough. On PETA’s website, they make a firm stance by stating that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way” (1). Subsequently, what are animals to humans then? What function do they serve to humans other than the right to live without suffering? In this analysis the activist approach to animal rights is too extreme. The progress mankind has achieved in industrialization, technology, mathematics, and science first began when humans decided to stop chasing their food. They domesticated animals which allowed them to experience more free time in which they could focus on more advanced
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