In our society today, there is a very large disconnect between the food on our plates and the animals that are slaughtered for it. Thousands of years ago, people would go out and hunt their own food. They worked for it: chased, hunted, killed, and was rewarded with a meal, all for a means of survival. However, we do not live like this today.
We go to the grocery store, pick up some steak or chicken that is ever so nicely packaged for us. We did not have to experience the blood and the killing. We did not have to see the lifeless body of the animal that was killed for our food. We did not have to skin it, cut it up, and prepare it for our meal. No. We just go to the lovely little grocery store, or pull through the drive-thru window at McDonald’s or Burger King, and continue living this life in a blissful ignorance. We never truly make the connection of what goes on and how we get our food. There is a massive disconnect.
Even children, who are fed meat, dairy and eggs at such an early age, are conditioned to think this is normal. (I’m not sayin brainwashing) but if they grow up with this, they never question anything. Well, actually, some kids do. They are very smart and can make that connection at an early age. However, the majority of children just accept what is given to them, and proceed to eat their chicken burger in front of them. Do you think if you took them to a farm, let them play with the beautiful cows, pigs, lambs, and chickens all day, then showed them a burger, chicken nuggets, bacon, and lamb chops, and explained to them what had to happen for you to have this food, that they would still eat it!? OF COURSE NOT!! Kids LOVE animals and they do not want to see them hurt or dead. “This is why we take children apple picking and not to slaughter-houses”. And parents know this. That is why no one does this. Because those children who do learn about where their food comes from… decide to go vegetarian.
I completely 100% understand where people are coming from. Don’t forget, I too was once a meat lover who ate scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. I too bought makeup and clothing without making a conscious thought about where it came from. But I CHANGED! And you can too!
I don’t condone people who get mad at meat-eaters for loving cats and dogs but eating meat. You cannot get mad at someone for that and call them a bad person, or say that they can’t be a real animal-lover. Unless you were born vegan, we ALL ate meat, dairy and eggs! And we still loved our pets, right!? I have never doubted my own love for my pets, even when I ate meat.
However, I do understand how vegans feel when they witness these things. Obviously all animals are the same; we are all earthlings who inhabit this planet. So why do we love some animals, yet eat others? Simple; history and culture. It is how we’ve grown up and lived our entire lives. So this ‘vegan’ thing is such a huge, radical change for us. But it’s all about perspective, right? Like in some countries, cows and pigs are worshipped, and many cities in the middle east or asia are vegetarian. Many places in the world also eat cats and dogs; harsh right? But then think about it: here in North America, we love cats and dogs, but eat cows and pigs? Is there really a difference in the animal? Or does the difference lie between where we were brought up and how our culture and history defines what we eat?
In the summer time, there was a huge controversy over a man who left his dog in the car with the window only cracked a tiny bit. People were outraged and broke the window to get the dog out. It was all over the news and people everywhere were horrified. Of course I would never want a dog to be harmed or left in a car, but I found it interesting that these people freak out over the life of one dog, meanwhile billions of innocent animals get slaughtered each year for people to eat.
Really think about this; what is the difference between a dog and a pig? Or a cow or a lamb or a chicken? They are all living, sentient beings. Just because they don’t speak our language doesn’t mean we cannot understand them. And if you’re thinking of any common responses to this, don’t worry, I have a blog post on it:
We all inhabit this earth together; why do humans believe they are so superior that they can kill off living beings?
When people eat bacon, they don’t imagine a baby pig on their plate. And I know some people do, but just don’t care, which is disgusting.
The worst is when people say, “well I only eat free ranged chickens,” or “the cow was killed humanely.” Pardon me, but how can any time of murder be done ‘humanely’. If a man were to kidnap a woman, treat her really nicely, buy her flowers, then rape and murder her, would it be okay? If Adolf Hitler treated the victims of the holocaust ‘nicely’ before he murdered all of them in masses, would it have been okay? OF COURSE NOT. So why on earth to people use that as an excuse to eat meat. Oh wait, I know why, because it ‘tastes good’ and they don’t want to give up their previous meat and cheese.
“Meat is not oxygen – you can survive without it.”
When I look at this photo, it reminds me of my pup named Ebony. I literally have this photo for my phone’s background and every single time I look at it I want to cry. These two little fellows are just so cute and precious. Look into that little eye. Don’t you feel love and compassion? It’s eye looks so sad, but at the same time, it has it’s little snout over top of the baby chick, almost to protect her. This photo is just so sincere and I’m in love wit it. It’s true what they say, a photo speaks a thousands words, but this photo just has me at a loss of words.
So please, if you consider yourself a compassionate person, or claim to love animals, try cutting out animals and animal by-products from your diet. It’s not as hard as you think, and you’ll be saving lots of lives, so it’s 100% worth it.
ps. I say cut out animal by-products as well for a reason. I love that people go vegetarian to help animals, but in reality, billions of animals are being abused and slaugtered just to produce your milk, cheese, eggs, etc. So if you truly want to end all cruelty, you’ll go vegan.
If you consider yourself a compassionate person and an animal-lover and still eat meat, that is completely fine, I understand! But think about how many MORE lives you could save and how much of a greater change you could bring to this world if you lived a 100% cruelty free ethical lifestyle! 🙂
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