|Purred: Mon Jan 5, '09 8:45pm PST |
|I couldn't find the responses, but I did read the main article.
I think that most of us who are animal lovers AND eat meat have to shut our eyes a bit. Not only does eating meat mean killing animals, but they usually don't have very good lives until being slaughtered, either. If all of us thought really hard about what this means, more of us might be vegetarians. I prefer just not to think about it and continue eating meat.
But...like most of us, I couldn't eat cat meat. Rabbit meat, yes. Dog meat, maybe (sorry...I've never had a meaningful relationship with a dog). Monkey meat, probably not (they're too much like humans). Living in Japan, and having been to several other Asian countries, I've eaten a lot of weird things: sea urchin and squid, sparrows, snake, frogs and toads, grasshoppers...but I still can't imagine eating cat.
Everyone has to decide for themselves what they can and can't eat. My best friend is a vegetarian, but he eats dairy products and eggs (unless they're fertilized). Some people will eat fish and chicken, but not other kinds of animal products.
Personally, I am less concerned about people eating chickens and cows than about how the livestock industry is managed. I'm no fan of PETA, but the gruesome videos they show of turkey farms and such probably give an honest picture of what is going on behind the scenes. I don't think we could ever convince most people to become vegetarian, but we can improve the way in which the meat we consume is processed.
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