But over time we realized that our goals are the same

When we started the meetings, I sat right next to a rancher wearing my PETA shirt, and he thought I was the devil incarnate. But over time we realized that our goals are the same. We both want the farmer who treats his animals well to succeed because, in the end, that will reduce animal …

They know nothing of the bond that unites the master and servant

[The servants] have all behaved extremely well, indeed I cannot utter the least complaint of them, they are deeply interested and very sympathizing with us all. They often speak to me about the war and there was great rejoicing in the kitchen at the news of our recent glorious victory in Virginia [Battle of Bull …

Domestication is an evolutionary, rather than a political, development

To think of domestication as a form of enslavement or even exploitation is to misconstrue the whole relationship, to project a human idea of power onto what is, in fact, an instance of mutualism between species. Domestication is an evolutionary, rather than a political, development. It is certainly not a regime humans imposed on animals …

They wouldn't produce milk or offspring, so I started eating them

I was a vegetarian from 18 to 24 years old, and I gave up meat partly because I had misgivings about the cruelty to animals. But I began eating meat again when I moved to the [English] countryside and started keeping goats. I had to do something with the male goats. They wouldn’t produce milk …