Sunday, January 22, 2012

(Yet Another) Letter to NPR

Sigh. My response to this unnerving article: 


To the Editors of The Salt:

I was shocked and saddened at the graphic nature and lack of balanced reporting in your recent article “
How One Former Vegan Learned To Embrace Butchering”. NPR is part of my daily routine because of its excellent and endearing journalism and accuracy in reporting, but I saw none of this in the above mentioned article. You not only romanticizing the killing of animals as a way for man to “connect with his food”, but failed to mention any of the benefits that an animal-free diet provides.

Would NPR have been so cavalier about depicting butchering if Andrew Plotsky had been holding a rifle to the head of his family dog and describing how to slit its throat afterwards? I doubt it. The fact that pigs have been designated as food instead of companion animals is simply bad luck for them. However, I would mention to Mr. Plotsky that taking “years to rationalize” something, as he is still trying to do with butchering, is generally our conscience nudging us in a different direction.

If you are going to write an article about vegans, then I would encourage NPR to actually include something about veganism in its reporting.
 

Ensley Gilchrist. 
www.thepreppyvegan.com

2 comments:

  1. Thank YOU Colleen! Your letters to the editor on compassionatecook.com have inspired me to speak out against "reporting" like this.

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