My friend and I are of two minds, she is a Vegetarian and I am a Meat Eater from birth. Grew up on a ranch that grass-fed our cattle, had free range chicken etc. We also grew our own vegetables and fruit as much as possible. My father was a big believer in faith and life that you used every aspect of a vegetable and animal that you possibly use, then return the rest to the Earth and give thanks to its’ sacrifice, so that your life could continue.
I have moved from the country to the city, so I may not have carried over EVERY teaching and tradition my father taught me but, I still give thanks for each mouthful I take and for each animal AND PLANT that gives their life so that my life may continue.
Yet, I was recently told that no matter how humane a farm/ranch is to take an animal’s life for food and eat animals is abuse. Ok, I understand this person’s point of view, which my best friend holds as well. However, my question is this; if eating an animal is abuse then what do you call us encroaching onto the animal’s home’s with houses, cars, roads? you are such animal advocates. Perhaps give up your home, give up your car, a study shows 89 million to 340 million birds suffer fatal injuries from vehicle encounters annually, a range that accounts for dead birds taken by scavengers, carcasses missed by researchers and other uncertainties. Or perhaps you should boycott skyscrapers, up to a billion birds die in collisions with the glass each year in the United States.
Then there is culling animal breeds: Read this article about the pros and cons of the habit and if it is considered ethical. In Oklahoma, the habit is used frequently to get the population of deer and cougars down cause they can become overpopulated fast! It also keeps the illegal, unethical killing of animals to a limit cause there is a threat of legal action.
<just a wondering, hypothetical thought> I also wonder what a vegetarian would do if they found themselves facing a wild animal or some other animal who meant them harm? or meant to use “THEM” for food. Would they sit back and say killing the animal is abuse? Because, in the country many times killing an animal is just that life or death, to protect yourself, your family, and that of your livestock/pets. Because there are other animals in this world who are not of the mindset “we can only eat vegetables” That is why some of us – Animals and Animals (which is what we humans are) have canine teeth.
So, as long as I am a human animal and apart of the food chain I am not going to feel guilty about being part of that food chain and eating vegetables OR meat. That is right, if you feel bad for animals then why not vegetables they are leaving entities too. It has been scientifically proven that they feel pain when part of them is cut off. So, what makes it right to eat one living entity and not the other? Serious question folks.
Until I can have this seriously answered to me I am going to remain eating my meat and vegitables and continue giving thanks to both for giving me the ability to continue living. Continue giving thanks to the Great Being for giving me life and to Mother Earth for giving nutrients to both animals and plants alike.
We will continue to agree to disagree.
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