‘Possibly The Greatest Crime in the History of the World’

Posted on July 8, 2019

Israeli historian and Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem YUVAL NOAH HARARI has written a number of best selling books including Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018).    

In this GUARDIAN article he claims the fate of farm animals is not an ethical side issue, but concerns the majority of Earth’s large creatures: ‘tens of billions of sentient beings, each with a complex world of sensations and emotions, but which live and die on an industrial production line’.  

Professor Harari states that since we are on the cusp of being able to reshape the future through biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, in designing this brave new world ‘we should take into account the welfare of all sentient beings, not just of Homo sapiens.’

Industrial farming, he claims, is ‘possibly the greatest crime in the history of the world.’ 

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