On Veal, Victories, and the OED
You may have seen a comment yesterday by Lisa M. Keefe, Editor of Meatingplace in Print, clarifying that Meatingplace isn't affiliated with industry associations despite the appearance to the contrary on the site where the press release is posted. For more substantive material by Ms. Keefe, check out this bit of her work in Meatingplace, regarding the Hormel debacle, which includes:
Whether the issue is animal handling, pathogens or downer cattle, the goal is to provide context and shift the conversation from how poorly the industry treats its animals to a discussion of evidence showing that the event in question is an anomaly, and how practices are changing as quickly as new information comes to light and business conditions allow them to do so. We need to get that information out of the conversations between meat people and into conversations with consumers, activists and the media.
Then there's this editorial in Meatingplace called "The Eighth Plague" which includes:
[T]ake note of what the eat-less-meat activists have to say. Look for any
small or large way to reduce emissions that won't financially damage
the enterprise. . . . Be willing to bend, so that you don't break. As the veal industry has learned, a few changes can go a long way toward robbing opponents' campaigns of necessary fuel.
This is an invitation to animal "rights" activists and environmentalists to work with the industry, to compromise, to do a little give-and-take so that all parties can in some way claim a victory. Animal advocates can have a slight moral victory (bigger or no crates), environmentalists can have the slight victory that is a modicum of reduction in emissions (as long as it doesn't cost too much to get it), and the industry wins because they get to keep exploiting animals, people and the Earth, while simultaneously claiming to be making the world a better place.
So . . . what's the definition of victory, exactly?
On that note, I sent an e-mail to the folks at the Oxford English Dictionary, out of sheer paranoia. Here it is, followed by their response.
From: Mary Martin1 [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 9:09 AM
To: Customer Support
Subject: Terms and conditions
I am an individual with a paid subscription. Am I permitted to help my
friends and family members by looking up words for them? I wouldn't charge
them for this and they wouldn't have access to my password or user name. And
I can't imagine I'd do this for more than a couple dozen words.
Mary Martin, Ph.D.
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Let the games begin! I already have a handful of requests. I'll probably begin to get to them this weekend.