Sunday, December 10, 2006

Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts
Animal welfare campaigner Peter Roberts has died aged 82. The Economist has a nice obituary:

WHAT commonplace activity that most people never think to condemn will one day be seen as a profoundly shameful crime deserving of nothing but moral outrage? Those are the terms in which Tony Blair was talking this week about the slave trade, and it would be an incurious soul who never thought to ask whether future generations will not similarly come to condemn some practice that is today widely accepted. Some may speculate that the offensive activity will turn out to be waging wars, practising abortion or driving 4X4s. Peter Roberts, however, would surely have suggested 21st-century man's treatment of farm animals. He might even have cited meat-eating…

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