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Could You Kill An Animal?

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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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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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