Like you, I have some very strong feelings about animal welfare. However I am not in agreement with your second sentence. Humans have an amazing capacity to compartmentalize. Someone can do brutal work at a slaughter house, for ex, come home, shower, and treat his wife and kids (and the family dog) with love and respect. We can also reserve our loving respectful treatment for one category of fellow humans ("my tribe") and commit unspeakable acts against "outsiders." We see glimmers of that in being patriotic or rooting for the Mets over the Phillies. So it's not just other species where we "sanction brutality and enslavement," as you put it.

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