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Atoning for Our Sins Against Animals

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A while back I noticed a question to this newspaper’s advice column. The readers, a couple who live in an apartment building, said that outside their door two cats would often scuffle until one started bleeding. The readers wondered what they could do to help their feline neighbors.

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It’s nice to encounter people who ask themselves how they can become better people, and it’s especially encouraging when they ask themselves such questions regarding animals’ distress. After all, animals don’t ask us to help them, and they can’t really thank us or return the favor.Those of us who choose to help them do so of our own goodwill. And it’s good to live, I thought, in a place where people consult, offer advice and consider these altruistic issues, especially in such an esteemed public forum.

The good mood lasted until I got to the newspaper’s restaurant-review section. The reviewer wasn’t impressed by the establishment he visited; for example, he was disturbed that one of the dishes was called “Shreds of Lamb Neck.” (He asked if maybe there was a more appetizing........

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