There's some famous phrase about judging a society by the way it treats its least fortunate. This doesn't just mean humans, though, it means everybody. Last Friday, while driving from one of our complexes to the other, I encountered this on the road:
Now, I'm not a vegetarian, I will continue to eat chicken, and a coworker pointed out this morning that the US is actually quite humane (chickane?) in its treatment of animals, but seeing this still made me kinda mad. It was cold, windy, sheeting rain, and those poor animals were packed into the back of that truck exposed to it all, on their way to be killed. Hmph.