I disagree that the “best-case scenario” is “a small and conscientious slaughterhouse, a gently handled and minimally stressed cow” [“The Carnivore’s Dilemma” by Nicholas Day, July 13]. The true best-case scenario would be an unsuspecting big-game animal being killed quickly with a single well-aimed arrow from a hunter. Next best would be the “field slaughter” of a bison then processed by Pte Hca Ka Inc. in their mobile processing facility on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Domestication itself harms the health value of the meat, and it harms the health of the domesticators, too, who are ourselves domesticated. Mitigation policies can’t go far enough, and can’t correct the basic immorality of domestication.

Jean SmilingCoyote