MEAT AND MORALITY
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Roast pig may look delicious on the holiday table,
but you might pass on the pork if you met Piglet. That famous New
Zealand pig swam in the ocean each day, loved the violin and, as
the story goes, sang to the moon. But she was more than an exceptional
pet. To one man she was an ambassador for farm animals everywhere.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, an argument
for animal emotion. Also, meet Mr. Cutlet. Whether it's steak, chops
or chicken, he'll tell you eating meat is part of what it means
to be alive.
Matthew Scully is a speech writer for President
Bush and the author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering
if Animals and the Call to Mercy. Michael Pollan is
a writer and the author of The Botany of Desire and a new
York Times Magazine article called "An Animal's Place."
They talk with Steve Paulson about the morality of eating meat
and the ethical alternatives. They deplore factory farms and most
commercial meat production.
Mr. Cutlets tells Jim Fleming why he really
loves meat. He talks about his favorite cuts and how to cook them
and why his last meal would be a pastrami sandwich. Mr. Cutlets
is the author of Meat Me in Manhattan. He even has his
own theme song. Also, Celia Brooks Brown is an American
who lives in the U.K. and is making a reputation as a high-brow
vegetarian chef. Her books include Party Food for Vegetarians.She
talks with Anne Strainchamps about getting beyond lentils and
tofu and describes some of her exotic (but easy!) Indian inspired
recipes. Check out some of her recipes.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of
more than a dozen books, most recently The Pig Who Sang to
the Moon. He tells Jim Fleming that farm animals have rich,
complex emotional lives. He says pigs are as smart as dogs and
chickens have all sorts of things to say to each other.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-12-14-B.
- Celia Brooks Brown, Party Food for Vegetarians
- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Pig Who
Sang to the Moon: the emotional world of farm animals (Ballantine)
- Matthew Scully, Dominion: The
Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
(St. Martin's Griffin)
- "Early one morning, Peter
opened the gate," from "Peter and the Wolf" narrated
Patrick Stewart/ Lyon Opera Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor/
- "In a Meaty Mood"/ Life in a Blender/
- "Eat Steak"/ The Rev. Horton Heat/ Holy
Roller/ s-u-b p-o-p
- "Green Onions"/ Booker T. & the MG's/
Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 4: Soul/Rhino
- "Grazing on the Grass"/ Hugh Masekela/
Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 4: Soul/ Rhino
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