Question Of The Week: "Dominion"

by Conor Friedersdorf

A reader writes:

I'm inclined to say Matthew Scully's amazing book Dominion, about animal welfare and humanity's moral responsibility toward animals. Scully is, of course, a conservative, and the detailed, careful, persuasive and, indeed, conservative argument he made about the moral duty we all face to treat animals (and, by extension, the natural world) with dignity and even with pietas, completely turned this conservative's thinking around, and revealed to me with singular power how entirely wrong-headed and unconservative the mainstream Right is on animal welfare and related issues.