I came across an article last night reporting on a letter from Brad Pitt to the CEO of Costco calling upon the company to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Pitt articulated his deep concern about the horror of keeping chickens in small cages for the duration of their lives, and he expressed his disappointment that Costco was a party to such cruelty to animals. I wouldn't have taken the time to write a post about such a letter had it not been reported only days after the videotaped release of a senior Planned Parenthood official callously discussing the way her company sells the body parts of aborted babies to companies like StemExpress. Consider these contrasts between excerpts from Pitt's letter and the sorts of things that happen in abortion:
"In these cruel cages, the animals' muscles and bones atrophy from years of immobilization" (Pitt)
In the cruel hands of the abortionists, the muscles and bones of preborn human beings are ripped from their bodies and crushed by the cold sharp teeth of the physician's forceps.
"As you know, these birds producing eggs for your shelves are crammed five or more into cages that are not large enough for even one hen to spread her wings" (Pitt).
As you know, these slaughtered children produce organs to sit on the shelves of companies which then sell them for "research."
"In short, cramming hens into cages for their entire lives constitutes cruelty to animals, and animals deserve better" (Pitt).
In short, dismembering children so as to rob them of life constitutes cruelty to human beings, and these babies deserve better, much better.
"You've shown great courage and integrity on a range of issues. Won't you please extend that sensibility—and basic decency—to chickens?" (Pitt).
Won't you please extend that sensibility - and basic decency - to preborn human beings? Won't you?
Now don't think I'm advocating cruelty to animals. I've seen Food, Inc., and I eat eggs from humanely raised birds. However, when we expend more energy fighting for the rights of chickens than we do the preborn, then our priorities are very, very out of order. Our culture and our sensibilities are backwards. Our ethics are inverted. So, eat your cage free eggs, but be sure that you spend far more time fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable people in our society, the preborn.