Despite keeping my blog and everyday life somewhat separate, some things are just too good not to share…
Last night I shared a comment that at the time seemed unexpected and over-the-top. It was added to a post from May when I quit being vegan and ate my first egg.
“What I read is a lot of whitewashing from people. “I only eat meat/eggs/dair that is ethical happy, hormone free, free range, etc.” In the end, these animals still get their throats slit or are killed in ways you don’t want to know about, just so you can have a particular taste in your mouth. It’s selfish and cruel. Go out and slaughter and gut these animals yourself and see how you feel about your meal later. At least you’ll have the full experience of murder, instead of pretending you’re not part of the process.”
Now that it’s played out into a friendly debate on my personal page, the comment itself isn’t as extreme to me. I wanted to extend the conversation to you here, even if it just makes you stop and think for a second about why you eat what you eat and if it sits right with you.
My friends brought up interesting points:
Animals eat animals: We are animals, period. I love people who have sympathy for animals, but not humans (who eat meat). They love lions and tigers and birds and all life forms….but somehow they ignore the fact that a lot of animals are carnivores. Why is it that vegans want us to NOT ignore the fact that animals are murdered by humans for food but they do ignore the fact that animals murder animals for their foods source? Huge double standard. Tony the Tiger would kill for his next meal way before he would make a kale salad.
Eyes half shut: Honestly, I’ve always thought the “happy life” scenario falsely alleviates guilt. I’m a meat eater and I would never be comfortable killing an animal myself. I’m fine with that level of hypocrisy but I’m not going to pretend that it’s not a violent food source.
Killing your own food: Tell them I kill my food Deer and love it. There is nothing like killing an animal that you do process and eat. I do not wish any harm on animals I am an animal lover, but they were put here for our food. I also have many times pasted on deer because they were too small, or one time I watched a doe come out was about to shoot and then noticed two fawns behind her. I put my gun down and watched as the mother took care of her babies, and I was just as happy a great site to witness. So, with all that being said we who kill our food also respect and enjoy the beuty animals bring.
Ashley said: Here’s the thing- confronted with life or death in the wild, of course I would hunt (or try, hah!) to survive. If I lived in another country where the people can only sustain on animals or animal products, I would… I don’t believe animals are here for our use. I believe they have the right to live out their furry (or slimy) lives in peace. Respect and murder don’t seem to go hand in hand in my mind.
Why I eat the way I eat:
I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years and was a vegan for five of those. Even when I followed a vegan diet, I still respected people who ate animals and faced where their food came from. I couldn’t myself, so I didn’t eat animal products. But that didn’t and still doesn’t mean others have to feel the same way as me.
Now I eat eggs from chickens that are as local as possible, who live on farms without cages and are fed an organic diet. Yes, sometimes I eat eggs at restaurants knowing they could have come from factory farms. I felt more at peace with my food choices when I was vegan, but overall I’m happier and stronger since introducing animals products into my diet so I try to ignore the thought of where my soft serve ice cream came from. I wish I could eat meat, but I just can’t make myself feel okay with eating flesh right now.
What do you eat and why do you eat that way? Do you believe animals are meant to be food, is veganism the way to go, or are you somewhere in-between? Have you killed your own food or do you prefer to think meat is bloodless?