I remain confused by the fact that more people donít turn away from animal products in response to the sheer revulsion they naturally feel at the very thought of ďbody parts as food,Ē not to mention the physical process of making that concept a reality. The only explanation I can think of is that we humans have a truly frightening ability to shut off our awareness of what is out of sight, in order to participate in things we are morally and physically repulsed by.
When people actively participate in slaughter, they must numb themselves to the horrific nature of killing. One cannot entertain feelings of sadness or remorse or horror and still follow through with the act of taking anotherís life. In order to do it, one must silence the part of oneself that is horrified by the idea of causing the life to drain out of an animalís body.
Admittedly, in order to buy animal products from the supermarket you must silence†the voice of your conscience too. But to actively participate in the death of an animal forces people to deaden a part of themselves, with consequences that we may not even be aware of. Is it fair to place that burden on those who carry out this despicable task in order to allow the rest of us to partake of the spoils while avoiding getting our hands dirty? Or should the very fact that most of us couldnít bear to face it be reason enough to stop the practice altogether?
The distaste for blood and gore is a reminder of our true nature, which is herbivorous and gentle, not carnivorous and vicious. The sweet and tender†personalities of the victims; the terrifying sights, sounds and stench of slaughter; and the gruesome horrors of butchery — these things must be pushed away from our consciousness so that they donít interfere with our ability to consume the remains.
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