Write a paper that responds to one of the following prompts. In your essay, you should provide only enough summary to enable you to respond to the question. Presume that your reader has already read Singer and Mason.
Toward the middle of the essay, Singer and Mason pose the following parenthetical question: “Is it part of the gulf we draw between ourselves and other animals that leads farmers to talk of animals as ‘farrowing’ rather than ‘giving birth,’ ‘feeding’ rather than ‘eating,’ and ‘gestating’ rather than ‘being pregnant’?” What is the answer to this question? If the farmers Singer and Mason describe used a different set of words, would farming practices change? Would the eating habits of American consumers change if the “gulf we draw between ourselves and other animals” were closed?
After their visits to “Wayne Bradley’s” farm, Singer and Mason share their account of the experience with him and, seeing his words in print, he asks to have his name and location changed. Singer and Mason comply and close their discussion of pork farming by juxtaposing their assessment of the Bradley farm with the Bradleys’ self-assessment. What are we to make of the fact that the assessments are diametrically opposed? What would Singer and Mason like the Bradleys to do? Can individuals – producers or consumers – change the system Singer and Mason have described?
After reading through Singer and Mason’s essay, consider the arguments made throughout this text. You may want to write a brief summary of the argument in order to organize your thoughts. After reading these prompts, re-read Singer and Mason’s essay before drafting your own. Try to identify key passages and important examples that can help you respond to one of the prompts.
In your composition, introduce the essay by Singer and Mason and make a claim that addresses one of the prompts above. Arrange the body of your summary and critique so that the reader is given an introduction to the text, the author, the authors’ main point related to the topic, and the point(s) you intend to make about the authors’ view(s). Provide relevant background information so the reader understands the relevance of the topic. Summarize the authors’ main points, and then evaluate the author’s argument. Finally, respond to the presentation of the authors’ arguments with your own point(s) and conclude by stating why the argument and/or your response are important to the reader.