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Jun 1, 2007

 It is commonly noted that some who choose to take the habit of eating meat out of their lives or even better, all animal products because of moral choices, sometimes exhibit a 'holier than thou' attitude. I've witnessed it. It's not that much different than the attitude of those who feel strongly that abortion is wrong. It is often easy to feel so strongly that something is abhorrent that it's difficult to deal with opposing opinions. I can understand this.

What I find difficult to understand is why some who choose to eat meat, who refuse to learn of the torture that most animals eaten for food live through from birth to death are so easy to criticize and demonize those who don't. It's even more perplexing when those being demeaned are not trying to push their moral choices on anybody.



Is it a superiority complex that is the same one used to justify their carnivorous consumption or is it merely a fear that by facing the truth, to acknowledge the immense pain and suffering that they are responsible for, that they would then have to consider their own moral choices?



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Posted: Friday June 1, 2007, 6:14 am
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Richard Lynn P. (0)
Wednesday July 23, 2008, 9:56 am
What is your opinion on those that hunt deer? Until wolves are brought back to their proper place in the food chain, somebody has to keep the deer in check. Eating venison does not cause "torture... from birth to death". No hunting (whether by humans or wolves) just causes deer to go through the torture of starvation each winter. One winter was especially bad and I saw it and it was not pretty and we could only do so many food drops before we ran out of bales to drop. PS. I do not own a gun or hunt, but just wanted to show that moral issues are not so black and white, there are some dark gray and light gray areas.

Barry Berger (213)
Wednesday July 23, 2008, 10:52 am
All valid points Richard. I do appreciate how far out of balance nature is..due to our interference and our ability to modify our surroundings. I don't know the easy answer to how we can possibly return to a balance..or if we could ever maintain once unless the human population stopped growing and consuming everything in it's sight.

However, when I wrote this, I was specifically considering why it is that those who do eat meat belittle those that don't. Of course not all do but even though they would deny it, the vast majority of my family, friends and co-workers are not comfortable with my decision to stop eating meat. That is what I don't understand.

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