The romanticization of animal slaughter seems to be a deliberate attempt by the animal exploitation industry to deaden this sensibility, as it is quite obviously in direct conflict with their agenda, which is to convince the public that it is natural and logical to continue eating meat and other animal products, in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
But one person at a time, our population is beginning to reject foods and other products of animal origin in favor of a more clean, wholesome and ethical way of eating and living. In increasing numbers, whether the industry likes it or not, the culture that considers it acceptable to live off the flesh of another is being exposed, and people from all walks of life are leaving behind the predatory paradigm of the past.
There’s no doubt that hiding farms and slaughterhouses from view makes it easier for modern consumers to ignore the truth about where their food comes from. But ironically, as the local farm movement brings animals back into the public eye, people are beginning to realize that they’re really not okay with the whole idea of obtaining food from the bodies of animals.
But thankfully, unlike true carnivores, we have the choice to reject the role of predator in favor of a more enlightened way of nourishing ourselves, one which is in alignment with our true natures as animals who prefer peace over violence and gentleness over aggression.
As explained by the moral philosopher Plutarch (46-120 AD):
“I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb?
We slaughter harmless, tame creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of their flesh, not the persuasiveness of their harmonious voice, not the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches… No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.”
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