Forgive me, there are a few things I don't know about this particular moral gray area.
This thread came from a thought of mine that arose in another thread (I'm sure you know which one).
I LOVE meat. I adore it. Pork chops and chicken, and some sardines... aaah
Personally, I believe that it's natural for us to eat meat. Maybe not as much as we do currently, but all animals kill and eat each other, so what
makes us so different? We've gotta eat too.
People have been eating meat as far back as recorded history will tell us.
True, it's not the "eating" that really has vegans irritated, it's more the "condition" of the animals we eat. Our meat industries raise
miserable animals, raping their lives with horrible living conditions, with nothing to look forward to but their eventual slaughter.
I have a problem with that as well.
But, as our beloved government has engineered it, we can't exactly stray away from the main stream meat production so easily. We're all very
dependent upon it. We eat GMO chicken from walmart, we stop at KFC and grab some, or we don't eat chicken. I mean, where else are we gonna get it?
It's not like we're ALLOWED to hunt a chicken ourselves. Who do we think we are? It's almost like we live in a free country or something...
ANYway, this whole argument brings up a spiritual, moral perspective I wanted to share with ATS.
I have never hunted.
I have never killed, gutted, skinned, cleaned, and cooked an animal before.
But, I eat meat all the time.
This is a problem to me.
I don't believe it's wrong to eat meat, though I do believe it's wrong for them to be raised in miserable conditions.
And, I also believe it's wrong of me to eat meat when I've never hunted.
I have no connection to this dead animal.
Most people have no real comprehension that meat actually DOES come from an animal's corpse.
If you ask a little kid where meat comes from, most of them will tell you it comes from the grocery store.
People are so disconnected from reality now.
Including me. I'm guilty of this.
So, about half a year ago, I started watching youtube videos, teaching me how to field dress a small animal. It's rather morbid, if you've never
hunted, or seen anyone hunt. It gave me a bit of culture shock, but I'm not a weak person. I know I could handle it.
To understand what I mean, watch this short video.
How To Field Dress A Rabbit
See what I mean? If you've never hunted, it looks pretty disturbing.
It shouldn't look disturbing to a meat eater. If you're good enough to eat the meat, you're good enough to go and kill it for a meal.
After wrapping my mind around this, I decided to take my bb rifle out and shoot some birds, to better understand what it felt like to shoot a living
creature, and to see if I could mentally handle it.
After shooting two birds, I felt nothing but a minor power rush at first. About an hour later, sitting at home, I started to feel guilty, the more I
thought about it. It was my first time killing animals.
That mixture of guilt and power was a wake up call to me.
I was entirely disconnected from reality.
As a conclusion, I have a new goal. I want to shoot, kill, field dress, and cook an animal myself.
I want to know what it's like to kill my own meal. I want to wrap my mind around it, and I want to understand that all meat is from one of these
animals, these creatures that are killed by the hungry mankind.
No, I don't believe it's wrong to eat meat.
I believe it's wrong to eat meat if you've never hunted, if you're afraid to hunt, if you disagree with hunting, etc.
So, I guess the point of this thread is this;
Then decide if you're a meat eater.