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Could You Kill An Animal?

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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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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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