Thursday, February 10, 2011

I don't get this


I have been a vegetarian for the last 11 years. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I made it because I wanted to feel better. I do. I wanted to lose weight. I didn't. But still I am a proud vegetarian and love to build on that topic endlessly. Even as much as I love my veggie lifestyle, I don't condemn those that still choose to consume meat. Everything ain't for everybody. Though I wish folks would keep their mouths shut when they try to slam me for my choices. But daily I grow more and more incensed about how meat actually gets to the markets.

Have y'all seen Food Inc.? It's a documentary about how food, all food, gets to the table. It is disturbing to say the least. Yesterday i read a blog about what horse owners do with the horses when they are no longer useful. Horses are bred and worked up to a point where they can't perform well anymore. And instead of allowing said battle weary animal to enjoy a well deserved rest until they die they get sold for pennies (my used car got more money at the dump) for their meat. ***shivers*** The article I read talked more about how difficult it was to slaughter them because they had to use the same devices for cows.

This is my question... And I suppose only people that keep livestock can answer it... But how is it you can befriend animals enough to know their personalities then slaughter and eat them?

That's cruel and Nasty.



The Original Wombman said...

I think in these large factory farm operations, it's strictly a business. The horse is not a friend but potential profit. Even at that, I think the nature of farming is such that as a farmer, you don't grow attached to the animal. In many places where agriculture is still the main source of livelihood, people rarely even keep pets. Animals are strictly for the use of man and not friends.

As we evolve as people (if you believe we are evolving), I think our animal practices need to at least become more humane. Even if the horse is "just money", morally you should feel compelled to treat it well because it is a sentient, feeling being.

I'm currently back to eating flesh but I've been buying it through a co-op from a small farmer who treats his animals well. You are welcome to visit any time. I'm conflicted about eating flesh but I'm feeling better and better staying away from beans and such . . . humanely raised animals is a must for me. I feel so badly about taking life that If I can't do that, i.e. make sure the animal had a decent life, I would rather keep eating beans come what may.