I honestly think that crying over a book is one of the most prominent sign of compassion for humanity. You’re crying over someone who isn’t really there, doesn’t really exist, but you still feel for them as if you have known them your entire life.
Humans have developed a strong conceptual disconnect [about eating meat] because of the distance - physical and emotional - from the slaughterhouse to their house. Sarah Bexell, a conservation and humane educator who has done wonderful work in China to help make children more empathetic calls it ‘emotional dissonance.’ The individual animal’s torturous journey of indignity is kept hidden and remains unacknowledged by everyone. … The moral dilemma concerning who we eat is about making humane choices based on what we know about animals, not denying what we know so that we humans can feel less shame about how we treat them.