Tom Fort wrote an amusing review of Jeffrey Masson’s book, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon. As you might remember, Masson is the animal rights activist/vegan wannabe who puts his own appetites above consideration for the poor chickens.
Anyway, in a review of Masson’s book for The Sunday Telegraph, Fort writes,
It is amazing what one can read in an animal’s eyes if one tries hard enough. But misunderstandings can happen. Masson refers to an encounter between a female animal rights campaigner and a boar imprisoned in a factory farm shed. The boar fixed his visitor with “those sad, intelligent penetrating eyes”, and she interpreted his question: “Why are you doing this to me?” The sceptic is entitled to as why, if the pig’s intelligence was so acute, could it not tell she was an ally?
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But Masson sabotages his case by his own conceit. He cannot bothered with presenting any neurological evidence about animal responses, relying instead on assertions based on the impression of himself and other crusaders in the vegan cause. One, having spent a good deal of time with wild turkeys, reported that he had “never kept better company nor known better companionship.” Another says of her cows: “They are much nicer than us, more integrated, more whole.” A lady university professor in New Zealand explains her decision to live among 200 goats by their willingness to give her “unconditional love.”
Jeffery Masson and the others prefer the company of animals because — knowing nothing about what is really going on in their heads — they can imagine anything. They ignore the fact that the beasts would look just as genially on a Dr. Shipman as on them. Another advantage in the one-way relationship is that none of these creatures, however eloquently they grunt, moo, cluck or quack, can actually talk; and thus there is no way for them to let even someone as attuned to their ways as Jeffrey Masson know that he is talking tripe.
Or maybe the animals are just horrified when they look upon Masson and imagine him voraciously consuming eggs.
Animals are people too. Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph (London), January 18, 2004.
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