Make no mistake, promoting more humane treatment of animals is a legitimate and commendable pursuit. In food, fashion and entertainment, there have been any number of reforms instituted in recent years to make life better for animals, whether it be to ease the stress of the slaughterhouse or raise chickens in less cramped quarters or promote cage-free eggs. Corporations and their customers have demonstrated repeatedly they are willing to make changes for ethical reasons. Such acts of empathy are (we hope) contagious. Might we start treating each other better, too? And, of course, there are individuals for whom honoring animals and the sanctity of their lives is a matter of faith that deserves to be respected.