To the editor
: Substitution of old materials with new ones is an integral part of human progress. In religious ceremonies, if we can substitute animal flesh for human
flesh and view this change as positive, we are ready to go forward in our secular lives on ground that is already laid.
Technologically, the transformation of plants to flesh- and fur-like products has already occurred because people have desired it and technology can
satisfy the desire. If “The Peaceable Kingdom” reflects a true aspiration, fake meat is the food to which dead meat has aspired, and the makers
of fake meat and the fur-free designers are as deserving as anyone is of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The writer is president of United Poultry Concerns.
The letter is a response to
“The confusion of fur-hating carnivores,” op-ed, May 2
which says that “Like fur, meat is inessential and luxurious. Like fur, its production may be fraught with brutal and obscene abuse.”