Here's a thought to ponder on...
Imagine, every time you eat a steak, a sausage, or a piece of chicken, that you personally had to look the creature in the eye, and stick a knife
through his heart. Then, you have to go through the bloody mess and cook your meat. Would it make you eat less meat? Could you stare a cow with a tear
dripping down its cheek and shank him? Do you have the heart to end a life while its screaming in anxiety knowing it's about to die? If you've never
heard a pig squeal that's being taken to get slaughtered, it's a pretty haunting sound. So, could you do it? If you answered no, well then maybe you
shouldn't be eating meat!
I was working at my dads (Italian) restaurant and he serves main lobster, and it's actually alive until some one orders it, then, my dad kills it on
the spot. A server replied, "OMG, that's so awful, I'm never eating lobster again!". She was horrified about the fact that its claws continue to move
after it's been decapitated. She was even joking about stealing one or two and placing them back in the ocean to free them. This server loved eating
lobster but I asked her this same question about imagine having to do that every time you eat lobster and she said she couldn't kill him. Which made
me think of the question above. For the record, I don't work for my dad anymore for ethical reasons.
The problem is, we've become so desensitized to what eating meat really is that it's as normal as brushing your teeth. The grim realities of what your
meat goes through before being served on a plate, fortunately for you, is set up so you don't have to be the one that pulls the trigger, nor do we
have to witness the torture the animal goes through. I would compare it to modern day warfare; nowadays soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan can kill
people with much less of the guilt factor as ever as they simply control unmanned drones to kill at the push of a button. They don't have to see the
fear on their victims faces, so they can't sympathize with their victims. As opposed to killing a man at point blank range, the drones takes the
emotional element out of it making it more systematic and emotionless. The same thing goes with slaughter house meat; you eat it at the comfort of
your own home with some beers and never had to actually pull the trigger on the innocent animal. If we did have to, I wonder how many more people
would be vegetarian.
Another part of the problem is how far from nature the western world has become. I've been in Nicaragua the last three weeks, and here, cows, horses,
donkeys among other wild life are free to roam the land and can be seen going on a walk for example, even in the big cities. Cows really are beautiful
creatures, and, in all my life living in the city back in the states, I've never seen a cow! So to me growing up, eating a burger wasn't a big deal
because I haven't made a connection with these beautiful, intelligent creatures. But being out here, still in the city but a 10 minute bike ride to
the country side, I've actually developed personal relationships with my buddies farm animals and I could NEVER imagine sticking a knife through its
heart personally because steak "taste good". That's just sick and unnecessary if you ask me, considering the abundance of fruits and vegetables
around. Most people won't think twice about eating a hot dog but, god forbid they hear about a neighbor mistreating a dog, they say, "what kind of
horrible person would do such a thing.". It's because they have that emotional connection with dogs. If you had an emotional attachment to a pig or a
cow, you may feel the same way with these animals. After all, what is the difference between a pig, a dog, a cow? They are all animals who love, fear,
and feel pain.
As far as the "nutritional" reasons to eat meat, the number one thing I hear from everyone is, "Aren't you worried about protein?". Considering its
2015, it baffles me that some people still think you need to eat meat for protein supplementation. I have a quick question for you, where do you think
gorillas get their protein? They are vegans who eat a plant based diet, and are 9 times stronger than the average human. I'm not going to go into a
nutritional argument here, but I can if someone wants to learn vegan nutrition.
So, just some food for thought. I am aware posting this thread of two things; one that people that read this are going to continue eating meat after
reading this, and two, I will receive a good amount of backlash from meat eating readers. It seems as if, every time I'm on an online forum and
present information on veganism and try to debate it in a civil fashion where me myself am open minded and receptive towards non vegan opinions as
well, I get scrutinized, name called, and outright disrespected at times. It's as if I "called their baby ugly". At first I didn't understand why this
was as I'm simply out to debate in a civilized manner, but then it all made sense; I WAS/AM calling your baby ugly. I'm challenging a belief that many
of you ( me included) grew up on for many generations. It's a comfort zone for you non vegetarians to eat meat. It "taste too good to give up"
according to many of you, and by challenging this comfort zone, albeit diplomatically, your guard goes up and you resort to responding in a sometimes
impulsive and "name calling" manner. It's similar if I snatched a coffee mug from a lifetime coffee drinker and said, "caffeines an addictive drug,
you need to quit now!" You better believe that coffee drinker will get ticked off and may even want to drink more coffee. This is what's going on, and
because I understand this now, I will take any backlash with a grain of salt. Another example would be a scientist telling a Christian, for example
"where do dinosaurs fit into the biblical chronology of time?" This is a fair question to ask, and you would think that the two people should be able
to have an educated debate about this topic without bumping heads, but because the scientist is challenging the Christians comfort zone and may
potentially challenge everything he holds to be true, the Christian lashes out on him in a rude fashion. So with all of that being said, I'm
anticipating some "haters" for lack of a better word, and I will embrace you all, but I hope you can put aside some of your beliefs that you have held
onto all of your life to ask your self the question I posed in the first paragraph and answer it as unbiased as you can in regards to your own
Because, do I dislike non vegetarians? No! But remember one thing, everything you do has repercussions, and come judgement day, you will have to face
the most highs in his court and explain why you ate meat all of those years despite the countless suffering of animals. After all, animals are the
most highs creations as well, and the most highs considers it a serious offense to continue to support the mass animal holocaust occurring on this
planet right now. So f you want to continue to eat meat, go right ahead sir, just be willing to accept that every action has a reaction, and be
willing to pay the karmic price, whether in this or another life time.
Thanks for reading.
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