Love of animals vs. Love of pets

What is your attitude about eating meat and why?

kitkatherine kitkatherine 8 years 12 weeks
for health reasons, meat is something i need in my diet. my bestie's a vegetarian, and she always has understood why my eating disorder in high school led to me needing certain foods. if i cut out meat, it would be an excuse not to eat something, and since i cannot eat nuts, the easiest sorts of protein are meat. my disorder came from cutting things our or restricting myself, and it led to years of pain for me. i've become a lot better, but despite what happens to animals, i cannot stop it by not eating meat. i do prefer to buy things from local places that i know are more humane than some large farms. also, it's too expensive. my bestie has trouble shopping because her groceries are a signifcant amount more expensive. mostly, it's health though.
foxie foxie 8 years 16 weeks
hlewis, if you don't mind me asking, what did you read? I'm just asking because I don't see what good reading meat's labels would do. I mean, it won't tell you that the cow was killed humanely or that it was healthy when it was slaughtered. USDA labels are stamped fraudulently a lot of the time. Anyways, here's my quote of the day, so to speak. "One time I took my knife- it's sharp enough- and I sliced off the end of a hog's nose, just like a piece of bologna. The hog went crazy for a few seconds. Then it just sat there looking kind of stupid. So I took a handful of salt brine and ground it into his nose. Now that hog really went nuts, pushing its nose all over the place. I still had a bunch of salt left in my hand- I was wearing a rubber glove- and I stuck the salt right up the hog's ass. The poor hog didn't know whether to shit or go blind." - slaughterhouse worker to Gail Eisnitz, author and investigator.
hlewis hlewis 8 years 17 weeks
I am a proud meat eater. I have a lot of friends who are vegetarian. I completely respect their views. I have read some literature on slaughterhouse specifically for cows. But, it has not changed my opinion on meat. Yes, it makes me more careful of what type of meat I by and how closely I read the label. But, I've made a choice to eat meat. Honestly, I couldn't see myself going without it.
elizabethgracef elizabethgracef 8 years 18 weeks
I love my pets, I honestly don't love all animals and I happen eat some animals of the kingdom. I know what happens in slaughterhouses and consider myself moderately educated about the way an animal gets to my plate, but I still eat meat. I'm just not sensitive to this issue. There's other things occupying my mind and conscience. I don't have room to feel guilt for all the animals born to be killed for my food, it's one thing I just can't take on and really feel bad about. But you can, and you're obviously doing a good job at trying to change people's minds and educate them about slaughterhouses and vegetarianism, so good for you.
foxie foxie 8 years 18 weeks
I hear you. Giving up fish was way harder for me than giving up other meats. But it IS sad the way they are caught, and having that knowledge made sushi almost unbearable to eat after a while.
cs cs 8 years 18 weeks
I'm a vegetarian but I do eat fish. I hope to stop eating fish soon. I have read about how they are caught, and it disturbs me. I've always loved animals. In 8th grade we were assigned to read a book called A Day No Pigs Would Die. It was about a 12 or 13 year old boy who took care of a pig who was the runt of the litter, and who became his pet. Pigs are smarter than dogs, ranking #4 behind chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants. Anyway, this pig was his best friend, and his a-hole dad, said in order to become "a man" he must slaughter his pig. So he did, and they described the whole thing in disgusting, gruesome detail. I couldn't eat meat for two years without thinking about that scene every time. In high school I decided to become a vegetarian, and I've never looked back. I am so happy with my decision. I totally stand by your courage to tell people the facts. It's the truth, and they need to know it.
foxie foxie 8 years 20 weeks
That's a nice way to go about it and all, except that the vast majority of people won't ask you. They'd rather live in blissful ignorance. As long as they don't know of the horrors that go on in the slaughterhouse, they don't have to care or feel guilty. You know what's weird? I've never heard someone say "You know, I'm not racist. But I don't like to confront people who are racist. If a racist person asks me about tolerance, I will gladly tell them, but otherwise I don't want to interfere." So I just wonder why I hear this same thing, but coming from the mouths of so many vegetarians and vegans. Even though we know better than everyone what's at stake with every moment we just keep quiet about our lifestyles. Countless animals die. Billions "live" another day in a bleak, tiny pen. Millions are kicked, hit, thrown into shredders or abused in some other horrible way. But I digress! I just believe that if you're going to eat meat, you should know exactly what you're doing.
kphmitten kphmitten 8 years 20 weeks
I'm a vegetarian because of the animal rights aspect of the whole thing, but I don't try to push others to become vegetarian. I'm more than willing to give people information if they would like and am not afraid to tell people I'm a vegetarian and why. I feel that giving people information rather than attacking them is a far greater promoter to vegetarianism.
Astro_nerd Astro_nerd 8 years 21 weeks
Foxie, you have expressed my exact view: how is the flesh of one animal different to another? I think tonight I shall go home and have some random cow for dinner and my pitbull for dessert...they all look the same in the casserole dish!
foxie foxie 8 years 22 weeks
It's a personal choice yes, but as for whether it's wrong or not... I'm sure a good number of meat eaters would change their mind as to how moral their dinner is if they knew what happened behind the scenes, so to speak. I wish someone would have force fed me the information earlier in my life so I would have stopped eating meat years and years ago. AND as for meat being good for you, that's also quite debatable. The fact is is that factory farming is HORRIBLE for the environment and HORRIBLE for the animals involved. You obviously all care enough about pets to donate time and money to them, but shoudln't you do more for ALL animals? You either love them or you don't... I don't want to be harsh but it's the truth.
Jasi Jasi 8 years 22 weeks
i don't mind people making the choice to be vegetarian or vegan, but i think it's wrong to push your beliefs on others. it is a personal choice to eat meat, and it isn't wrong. meat is good for you, and i believe it is in this world to be eaten.
foxie foxie 8 years 22 weeks
Not for the cows being tied up, fattened, and slaughtered to make it.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years 22 weeks
Steak is good!
foxie foxie 8 years 22 weeks
That's how I was at first. I ate fish a lot because I really, really love sushi. But then I read about what happens to fish, and I just couldn't do it anymore. I haven't touched it ever since, and not only do I not miss it a single bit, but I actually feel sick when I think about eating it now. I guess I just allowed myself to believe that because fish seem so prehistoric and unevolved that their pain was somehow worth my dinner.
elle86 elle86 8 years 22 weeks
I'm vegetarian, but I do occasionally eat fish.. so I suppose I'm not a true vegetarian. I do it mainly for health reasons, because I prefer having protein from other sources, and because I don't like the quality of life that animals suffer before they're used.