7891(US-or) Plants have feelings, too
- Apr 8, 2005[opinion from Daily Vanguard]
A rebuttal to the hypocrisy of some vegetarians
"Oh, well I don't eat meat," was the condescending response when I
generously offered my sandwich to a fellow party-goer a few months
Her egotistical thanklessness boggled me. Having faced hunger once
before due to economics I know that when starvation is real, you can't
give a rat's ass about where the food comes from or whether it is meat
or not. There are plenty of hungry people even in our own city that
would just about kill their own mother for this sandwich. The shocked
look on my face must have demanded an explanation, for she felt the
need to clarify that she refused to eat anything that involved the
torturing or killing of animals. Well, that's great, maybe even noble
without the attitude.
As we both parted away from the uncomfortable situation I caught a
glimpse of the self-righteous vegetarian's shoes and smiled to myself:
Nike and probably leather, as well.
A vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice, but the logic behind many
vegetarians and vegans decisions is flawed at best.
Why are plants OK to harm? Can we just destroy acres of forest to grow
corn? Sure! But don't you dare eat a cow or pig!
The earth is one massive food web; one organism dies so another may
live. Even plants can be parasitic. Therefore, eat what you want. If
you are concerned for the animals involved do some research as not all
meat is raised in the same manner. There are free-range chicken farms,
cattle ranches etc. See how they are raised at your local ranch, see
if they are treated humanely. If it seems satisfactory to you, support
that method of raising animals by purchasing your meat from them.
If you still cannot bear the thought that you are eating an animal and
prefer to kill another organism for your food, don't be hypocritical
and wear leather! Also, please do not even bother trying to influence
my choices as it is insulting and it makes you look like an ass.
Seth Lewin can be reached at advocate@....
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