Your article about the “art” of butchery takes the concept of speciesism to its most extreme [“The Art of Butchery: An ancient craft is reborn in Asheville” July 15, Xpress]. No one in their right mind would refer to the killing of humans as “artisan.” Yet just because farm animals are not like us, we rob them of their sentience and call their slaughter “art.” It’s profane.
I do not eat animals, and if you do, that is your choice. But own up to the fact that the animals you eat are living, complex creatures. There is nothing artisan to them about being killed, carved and served on your plate.
— Carrie Stilwell