I love eating meat. Nothing beats a succulent medium rare steak. Recently I watched a film called Earthlings [link], narrated by Joaquin Pheonix, which highlights the five ways which humanity uses animals.
I think its a film which fellow meat eaters should watch. Its really made me question whether I need to eat as much meat as I do, where its coming from, how its killed.
If I no longer had the option to buy my meat from the supermarket or butcher, but instead had to slay the animal myself, I really dont think I could do it. Do you think you could?
I often hear people say that they oppose sports such as fox hunting or bull fighting, and yet there they are, stuffing their mouth with a beefburger. The hypocrisy is clear, if said person pays money to have an animal slaughtered for their own pleasure, what right do they have to oppose those sports? I would say none whatsoever.
Or how about the environment, 'Save the planet! Save the whales! Save the forests!' cries the environmental activist, while gnoshing down on her bacon sarnie. Someone who consumes meat has no right to preach to others on matters of 'saving the environment', just look at the incredible destruction caused by industrial pig farming. Its like a chain smoker dictating to you how to live your life the healthy way.
On an entirely different subject I watched that video thats been big in the news lately, the apache gunship snuffing out the lives of 12 Iraqis in 2007. From what I understand this video is just the tip of the iceberg, theres whole underground bunkers full of footage like this. I know someone who came back having served in the war in 2008, he had footage on his laptop of similar incidents to this one, with similar disturbing radio chatter and an apparent sense of trigger happy bloodlust, almost relishing in other peoples suffering. It was literally sickening to watch.
It makes me feel very powerless, no one here wants war, and yet 5 years have passed and its still dragging on, I honestly don't think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be over for another 2 or 3 years despite what the politicians say.