Consider The Lobster Analysis

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Benjamin Sandoval Tim McNamara Honors June 1st, 2012 The Morality of Anthropocentrism David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster critically examines the lobster through multiple perspectives that range from a scientific, anthropological and economic standpoint. Foster describes The Maine Lobster Festival (MLF), a well-known national event that is held annually by a local community that commemorates the delicacy of lobster. The state of Maine is privileged to harbor an abundance of lobster during the summertime, conveniently enough, summertime and tourism goes hand-in-hand. The MLF coincides with high tourist attendance rates and when lobsters are at their freshest. Wallace conveys to readers, in a sardonic undertone, the main attraction…show more content…
eating, wearing, experimenting) animals. It is the animal cruelty involved in manufacturing animals that generates a moral concern. The farming industry in particular, carries the burden of feeding a massive population, forcing the industry to maximize farming productivity to fulfill consumer demand through the use of large-scale industrial farming techniques. In order for farming industries to gain any-sort of profit corners are cut to produce remunerative earnings. For years the industry has made efforts to convert their manufacturing process of converting animals to food from the public. But with pervasive information circulating on the internet and broad public access to computing devices, it has prompted (animal-rights) investigative journalists to channel their footage via YouTube and other video broadcasting sites. Videos like “Meet Your Meat” provide viewers with a glimpse of what goes on behind the closed doors of factory farms. Depicting graphic violence of animals being senselessly beaten, mutilated, injected without the use of antiseptics. Abattoir animals spend their entire lives in repugnant milieus, scrabbling around in their own feces and living in constant fear in crowded, confined spaces. Billions of cattle, poultry and swine species suffer unbearable…show more content…
Insofar as I can make-out, people are uncomfortable to know how animals die and to assume such a responsibility. When I've showed people videos of --seemingly credible-- factory farm footage they either react in two different ways: (1) either they quiver-away or plea me to turn it off (2) or they uncomfortably scoff at how ridiculously cynical it all is. Albeit, appalled, this doesn't generally discourage people to stop eating meat altogether. They simply look past it when they go-off and buy animal-based products. The fact of the matter is that the animal products we buy are the source of considerable pain and cruelty. Yet, animal-based products are ubiquitous. People have no other choice but to submit to the societal norm that places humans above animals. The inherent value of life therefore has its double standards. For instance, pro-life proponents emphasize the importance of life as an intrinsic value derived from their religious principles. Yet, why aren’t those tenets extended to animals? I find it amusing that religious establishments - enshrined with the same principles alike- like In-N-Out or Chick-fil-A fuel the production of animal cruelty. Chick-fil-A even goes as far as to market a cow as their mascot, holding up a sign indicating to its audience to “eat more chicken”. It’s

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