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January 29, 2006

Maybe I'm Not Culturally Sensitive. . .

. . .but this story is just about the final straw before I once again join the ranks of vegetarians.


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I understand, Tulipgirl. Some of the reasons I became a vegetarian a few months ago. Cruelty should never be tolerated, even if its "just" to animals.

Posted by: Sandra at January 29, 2006 01:52 PM

I'm 3/4 of the way there right now...that might just push me on through. Very gross.

Posted by: sparrow at January 29, 2006 02:25 PM

Eating meat is not inherently cruel. To extrapolate inhumane practices to all meat eating is an error. Are you going to give up healthy marital relationship with your spouse because some people are sexually perverted?

Posted by: Cecilia at January 29, 2006 10:02 PM

"Eating meat is not inherently cruel. To extrapolate inhumane practices to all meat eating is an error."

Wellll. . . My point wasn't the cruelty factor as much as the grossness factor. I was veggie for years before I met and married Hubby. Eating meat again was one area I was willing to compromise on to make things easier for us as a couple. (Not eating meat was a preference, not a religious or social conviction related to cruelty or health.)

So, I see what you are saying, but that isn't the point I'm making. *shrug*

Posted by: TulipGirl at January 29, 2006 10:26 PM

Why don't you just give up dog for a while first and see how that works out.

Posted by: Paul Baxter at January 30, 2006 07:47 AM

"Eating meat is not inherently cruel."

No, it isn't. But the factory farming practices in America are, which is one reason I no longer eat meat. I cannot support the inhumane treatment of animals with my pocketbook and my stomach.

See this http://www.chewymom.com/?p=70 on my blog for some photos, if you can stomach it!

Posted by: chewymom at January 30, 2006 02:15 PM

It's enough to turn anyone's stomach (eating Fido, that is) but I think they made up that last bit, about dogs being killed slowly and cruelly to enhance the flavor. Sort of a reverse gilding the lily.

Posted by: John Salmon at January 30, 2006 04:04 PM

I am one of few vegetarians I have found who will completely agree that eating meat is not cruel. But I believe it is cruel to treat animals the way that they are treated in the meat industry. The way I look at it is this: do I really think that God is looking at the way animals are treated and giving a thumbs up? I don't think so. Creation is supposed to be tenderly cared for and used for our good, not exploited because of greed.

I don't care about animals more than people. But I do think our treatment of them is telling. Any form of cruelty is evidence of the truth that our hearts are far from God.

Just my vegetarian sensibilities. There is more where that came from. :o)

Posted by: Sandra at January 30, 2006 10:52 PM

I'm kind of late coming back to the conversation :-), but boy! do I agree about the modern food production methods! I am learning more all the time about how bad it is, and about how bad the food is. I know one very sweet family whose kids are really, really unhealthy (skeletal problems, allergies) who just go one oblivious to what they are eating and it makes me want to . . .scream? cry? rail? help them most of all . . .but how?

and then there is the practice of eating monkey brains out of live monkeys . . .

Posted by: cec at February 6, 2006 12:09 AM

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