We normally think of beating humans as a lesser crime than killing them, but this dichotomy seems to be reversed in our approach to other species, with many unapologetic meat eaters condemning people who abuse their pets or random animals in the wild. This attitude strikes me as tremendously inconsistent. I consider murder worse than battery, and it seems to me that the same should go for their non-human analogs. Some argue that it is possible to bring livestock down in fairly humane ways, but killing is still killing, and I would personally rather survive a severe beating than be the victim of a murder attempt, no matter how swift or painless. You may find this post preachy, but I truly cannot see any way to reconcile our empathy for household pets with our willingness to kill farm animals for food. They don't match up. Am I missing something?