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Vegans Shriek at Beef Tallow in UK Five Pound Note

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Vegans in the UK are upset that they will have to touch money that contains a bit of beef tallow. From a column in The Guardian:

Few industries are as secretive as the one that murders 22m animals each day in the UK alone, and the driving force for that shiftiness is a lust for profit. So the way the Bank of England tried to sneak out money containing animal products seems a fitting metaphor for the entire filthy racket.

Oh, the horror.

Animals can’t be “murdered,” only people. Comparing the evil of unlawful homicide with malice aforethought with the humane slaughter of food animals is an example of anti-humanism with malice aforethought.

That point aside, I think it is great that we make so many productive uses of the animals we consume.

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Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.