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5 of the Most Bizarre Things We Do To Animals

5 of the Most Bizarre Things We Do To Animals

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

~ William Ralph Inge

 

We humans are a peculiar species. Every year we spend tens of billions of dollars caring for certain animals, and tens of billions of dollars hurting and killing others. Some of us worship cows. Some of us put them on the barbeque. Some worship cats and dogs, and others eat cats and dogs. Even within the same country, some people love and adore rabbits as companions, and some pay money to shoot them and serve them in a pie.

We capture animals from the freedom of the wild and enclose them in glass or behind bars so that we can marvel over how beautiful and majestic they are. We mourn the impending extinction of animals like lions and elephants, and yet we also hunt and kill these beautiful creatures and bring their body parts back home as trophies.

Yes, we are very, very confused about what animals really mean to us. Here are a few examples:

Live Animal Charms
Animal activists have been protesting this new fad: tiny animals such as goldfish, salamanders and turtles, are encased in plastic trinkets which sell for $1.50 and attach to your keys or phone.

Crab Vending Machines
As if live animal charms weren’t motivation enough to avoid that trip to China, how about not wanting to ever see live crabs being dispensed from vending machines?

 

Live crab vending machine

credit: YouTube

Larvae as a Delicacy
Chad Klyne from Without Borders stumbled accidentally onto this experience, stating: ”It was not sweet in the slightest. It was somewhat savory with a smoky flavor from the grill. But the texture…. it was the texture that was the most disgusting. It was like biting in to a cream filled doughnut but only to find that it is not sweetened cream but savory bee’s larvae! Mmm mmmm…

Eaten Alive
When I was a child, one of the most nightmarish things I could imagine was to be eaten by a wild animal while still conscious. In certain restaurants in China, people do exactly this to fish. In Korea, they do it to octopus. Yes, I think this one actually takes the cake. Oh no, wait… Read the next one before you decide.

 

Sannakji, a raw small octupus in Korean cuisine

Credit: Wikimedia commons

Boiled Babies
balut is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines.


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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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4:01AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

thanks for sharing

3:52PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

The most bizarre thing for me is how most people will happily say they love animals, but continue to eat them, wear clothing made from their body parts, use cleaning products/food additives/medication etc. that have been tested on them, breed them, buy & sell them, lock them in zoos and aquariums, keep them as beloved pets until they move/have a baby/get bored, use them for betting purposes until they lose a race and are discarded....

8:14PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

aaaccckkk!

3:12PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

pretty awful stuff

5:31AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

A sick world, shame on cultures who do this to other living beings. Karma, maybe in their next life they will be one of those animals they tortured.

11:21AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

We humans are a killing machine for animals

5:55AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

so cruel

12:28PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Notice that all 5-things are not only bizarre but also very cruel. Not surprised, just saddened and disgusted with the human race.

1:42AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Cruel people. It is terrible.

4:42PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Just get over it!

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