Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Kills Himself

This week Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making headlines over his decision to eat only animals he kills himself.

His choice comes as part of an annual challenge he poses for himself. Last year’s challenge was to learn Mandarin. This year’s challenge is a little bit different.

“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” wrote Zuckerberg in a letter to Fortune

He started off with a lobster, moved on to a chicken, then proceeded to kill a pig and a goat. He’s being walked through the process by Jesse Cool, owner of the Flea Street Café, who has been introducing Zuckerberg to farmers and educating him on slaughter methods, which for Zuckerberg, involves slitting throats. According to Cool, this is the most “kind” way to do it.

“I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from,” he also stated in his letter. 

Like Zuckerberg, many consumers are growing increasingly aware, and concerned with, where exactly their food is coming from and it’s becoming harder to ignore the intense suffering of innocent animals who are treated as mere commodities with dollar signs attached.

While the decision to eat meat or consume animal products is a personal choice, it has become a collective action with repercussions that can be seen around the world. 

Each year, billions of cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and other innocent, sentient animals are caged, crowded, deprived, drugged, mutilated and manhandled in U.S. factory farms. They are then hauled to the slaughterhouse and killed under atrocious conditions. Millions never even make it to the slaughterhouse, dying from stress-induced diseases or injuries. 

It’s becoming more difficult to ignore the level of violence, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, pollution, misuse of antibiotics that are affecting human health, workers rights violations and animal abuse, among other problems the meat industry causes, yet somehow, there is a disconnect between packages that get neatly wrapped in cellophane and placed on store shelves and their origins.

The argument could easily be made to support Zuckerberg’s decision to take responsibility for what’s on his plate and do what many of us won’t or can’t. It’s hard to understand how people can be bothered by industrialized farming, or the fact that what they were eating used to have a life of it’s own, turn a blind eye and keep contributing to it on a regular basis, allowing agribusinesses to carry on simply because it’s profitable to do so. 

Of course, there are also arguments against it. Killing an animal yourself and eating it doesn’t make you a vegetarian. Additionally, a living being doesn’t have to die just to satisfy human desire for meat. 

The animals who are killed have just as much of an interest in their own lives as we do in ours. Doing it yourself and watching an animal choking on their own blood and gasping for their last breaths doesn’t make it any more ethically justifiable than having someone else do it and buying it in a store even if you’re “thankful.”

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Danuke Kuruppu
Danuke Kuruppu4 years ago

I keep coming back to this page because this was where I first heard the term "Vegan"! It's been almost 4 years since I became vegan myself and things are going great! I wonder how MZ doing health wise and whether he still kills animals!?

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

Dale, it's been over a year now since this article was posted. I wonder what MZ's decision eventually became? I don't recall reading/hearing. I'm guessing that he gave up the idea, OR, in light of all the controversies about his wedding and FB going public and falling stock, scandals about FB's security (rather NON-security!), we'll not be informed as he has more important issues to address.........as far as his public life is concerned.

Dale O.

Apologies to the Grammar and Spelling Police...for I have sinned. My previous comment should have said: "...the issue one is on" and not "on is on." Perhaps only a small fine can be issued rather than the usual sentence of being summarily shoved into a dark dank dungeon for the rest of the evening while writing the offence out on parchment paper six thousand times by candlelight as the restless rats scurry about their business.

Heaven help me if I should dangle a participle! Then the medieval punishment becomes even more severe... the Rack.


Dale O.

Interesting article and as usual this topic brings out a variety of emotions depending on what side of the issue on is on. Since Alicia Graef is obviously either vegan or vegetarian and disapproves of eating animals period, then her perspective is one where you eat no meat, ever...anywhere, anytime. Fine, if one is either a vegan or vegetarian.

Dale O.

However, if one is an omnivore and does eat meat then one can avoid factory farms and go organic. This doesn't do anything for those who don't eat meat but that is irrelevant as the point is to avoid factory farm production. There will always be meat eaters, period. One can complain and carp at those eating meat forever … or one can at least ask omnivores to source meat from sources that are not factory farm. Some can eat less meat but a world where meat as a food source is totally eliminated, this is not going to happen. Ever.

Veronique L.
Veronique L6 years ago


Diane L.
Diane L7 years ago

Danuke, I'm glad you're doing better now. As I've said, I have nothing against being vegan. I just have zero interest in it, myself. My philosophy when it comes to eating/nutritition is that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I HAVE cut way down on the amount of meat I eat, as well as what I do eat is from better sources......no more grocery store stuff.

I have heard the theories (from vegans) that we have to have meat because we've become addicted to it. That could be true for some, but when you eat very little in the first place, then how could you be having "withdrawal symptoms" because of not eating it for 2 days? Sometimes I do go for 2 -3 days without meat, or very little and as you said, I feel lethargic and weak. I doubt it's because I'm addicted to anything, just my body is saying I need more whatever it is for energy and just functioning. Sure, I could go to bed and not move or do anything, but that's not my idea of living.

Danuke Kuruppu
Danuke Kuruppu7 years ago

hi Diane,

Yeah it's been a while.. what I was asking was whether you think it's only a minority out there who would have an adverse reaction to a vegan diet or vice versa?

There may be many reasons why a person would choose to go vegan. Since for people living in modern times this is a relatively new way of life I guess it would take personal experience to find that balanced diet for oneself.

I certainly did when my body went into shock in the first 3 months, my energy levels dropped and I felt very lethargic. However things started improving from the fourth month onward and now a year later I'm fine.

Also it's great you do so much for the animals.


Lisa D.
Lisa D7 years ago

Although i regularly eat meat and other meat products, I find what this guy is doing to be a good thing not a bad thing like many of you commenters have suggested.

It is true, he is not a vegetarian. As a meat eater at least this way he has to go through the trouble of killing the food he eats himself which would make it harder and in reality he would probably be eating less meat. This also makes a person appreciate what he/she has.

Mark G. - Although im sure your intentions are for the good of all animals around, you have taken things too far.

Diane L.
Diane L7 years ago

Hi Danuke! Long time, no hear from you! I can't answer your question. I am not a nutritionalist, nor a researcher, and certainly would not have access to the numbers to come up with such a "ratio". I have no interest in becoming vegan, myself, so why would I even care? I do eat a primarily vegetarian diet, and after reading all the comments in here and watching many programs on TV about being vegan, I have zero inclination to make myself a human guinea pig. I have no health issues related to diet or nutrition, nor do I believe the nonsense about being vegan the ONLY approach to being caring and ethical in the regards to animals. In fact, many of the more outspoken and militant vegans seem to do far less than I do in that arena, and many, from what can be deducted from their comments, do absolutely NOTHING except "not eat them".