Why Are Cows Meat, Pigs Pork, Turkeys Turkey, and Tunas Tuna?

Marc Bekoff: A 12-year-old asked, after his mother told him animals don’t have feelings.

A few weeks ago I received an email from a 12-year-old boy (Erwin) who was concerned and confused about the names and labels that are used to refer to so-called “food animals.” He asked, “Why are cows meat, pigs pork, turkeys turkey, and tunas tuna?” The COVID-19 pandemic is calling attention to the lives and plight of a wide variety of nonhuman animals. He had read about the…

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