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Jan 13, 2013

ha, if i had a dollar for every time i heard or read that about veganism…

having had that 'spat' at me again just the other day it was fortuitous that i had recently watched a presentation by social psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology melanie joy, author of ‘why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows : an introduction to carnism’ and her words were fresh in my mind...
“what we call natural is simply the dominant culture’s interpretation of history… it references not our fruit eating ancestors, but their flesh eating descendents… we only look as far back in history as we need to justify current carnistic practices…”

now that quote's going to come in very handy in future, along with colleen patrick goudreau's
“do we really want to use neanderthals as the yardstick for our current choices?”

in her article "shattering the meat myth : humans are natural vegetarians" author kathy freston states
"I noticed the frequently stated notion that eating meat was an essential step in human evolution. While this notion may comfort the meat industry, it's simply not true, scientifically. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus at Cornell University and author of The China Study, explains that in fact, we only recently (historically speaking) began eating meat, and that the inclusion of meat in our diet came well after we became who we are today..."

alas, it is this very argument that is trying to entrench carnism as the norm in the guise of "humane meat", which, according to melanie joy is
“a backlash against the vegan movement… anytime a movement becomes powerful enough to challenge the status quo, there’s a backlash against it. It’s important to dispel the myth of humane meat…”

now, as an ethical vegan, eliminating the use and abuse of our earthling kin is what’s important to me… so this notion of ‘humane meat’ is definitely something i find unbelievably frightening - and an oxymoron if ever i've heard one - a threat to real change in this world... according to harold lyman, ex cattle rancher, now vegan, author and animal advocate
"My life experience has given me a better understanding of what is happening, and what a mistake it is to believe there is anything called "humane" slaughter. Animals have families and feelings, and to think that kindness before killing them is an answer is totally wrong. Humans have no need for animal products. And when we consume animal products, we're not just killing the animals. In the long run, we're killing the planet, and ourselves.

I'm sure that it will take many years before the majority of humans learn as I have that actions, and not words, are the true proof of our understanding of the term humane. Living my life as I do now, as a total vegan, gives me great joy in knowing that no animal has to die for me to live.
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humanemyth.org is deconstructing the myth of humane animal agriculture and has information and articles well worth the read too...

do you believe the myth? then check out melanie joy's presentation and see if she gives you something to think about...

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