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Could You Kill An Animal?

Could You Kill An Animal?
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A while back, I published a piece called Something Almost Primal, which discussed a disturbing trend in animal product marketing. This industry double-speak describes animal products as being ‘ethical’ and ‘humane’, even though they are, by their nature, the result of physical and emotional violence.

This is, by no means, a new issue, and thankfully, the discussion about these misleading terms is growing louder all the time. The truth is that there can be no ethical options in an industry that commodifies and exploits sentient beings.

The message of the ‘humane’ animal farming propaganda can be simplified as follows:

1. Modern life has put us out of touch with the origins of our food.
2. Industrialized methods of meat, dairy and egg production are unethical not because animal use is wrong in and of itself, but because animals are crowded in factories and treated like machines.
3. The solution is to return to methods of the past, including raising animals in a more ‘natural’ way.
4. The most ethical way to obtain meat and other animal products is to be as closely involved with its production as possible.
5. Ideally, if consumers eat meat, they should kill and butcher the animal themselves, or at least witness the act being done.

Having been a vegan advocate for more than ten years, I know how adamantly people resist being exposed to the details of animal slaughter and butchery. Purchasing or consuming animal products does not, by any stretch, make a person willing to think about the methods by which a living, breathing animal is turned into pieces of ‘meat’ – a word we use to describe flesh when we intend to turn it into food.

And yet somehow, even those who aren’t willing to do the killing themselves continue to contribute to the demand for animal slaughter with their purchases, from pieces of an animal’s body to the eggsmilkwool and leather that come from those bodies either before or after they are killed.

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3:05AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

@ Sheri D: Please go Omnivore as all of our ancestors were before you

7:46PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Please go vegan or at least vegetarian. Thanks for the article.

3:38PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

I would only be able to kill an animal if one of my dogs was being attacked. I suppose I might act if a child was in danger. Just thinking about it, however, I would always do everything I could to keep them (my dogs) out of harm's way.

4:40AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

thanks for sharing

12:36PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

I've read a lot about vegetarianism and veganism (and then I became the latter), but this is the very best of it.

3:32PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Quoting famous people means little. Einstein didn't like Quantum Mechanics and tried to disparage it.

So what? I'm one of those who can watch the workings of a slaughterhouse and have a steak later on

10:07AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney said," If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." I like to think that is true, but I doubt it. There are too many people out there who are either able to look the other way or they just don't give a damn. I couldn't kill an animal even if I were starving. All living beings have as much right to their own lives as we do, which is why I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years.

6:12AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Frank....well put.

5:30AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

I don't think anyone likes to kill, those who do have serious issues, but to eat, I will

9:36AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Grazie per la condivisione.

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