“Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”—-Albert Einstein
Warning: This video shows the full impact of animal abuse and cruelty. It’s hard to watch because in reality, I don’t think anyone wants to watch animals getting slaughtered, nor would they enjoy such a thing:
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We Don’t Know What We Can’t See
I think that most people don’t really know what happens to the animals that become food on their plates. Usually the dead meat of animals are packaged in neat little styrofoam containers, wrapped in plastic wrap. Or, they come in bite-sized pieces like Chicken McNuggets or in sandwich form like a hamburger.
When we’ve come to know animal food in more manageable bite-sized pieces we don’t see the whole animal. But in essence we would be the main reason these animals are being slaughtered in the first place… because it’s a law of supply and demand.
We Have A Capacity For Compassion
But I feel people would think twice if they knew the animals they eat have been kicked, tortured, fed unnatural amounts of steroids and hormones, and slaughtered in the most cruel and inhumane way.
I remember watching a cow get slaughtered on a farm once, and also a pig. I think it was one of the most compelling reasons to become a vegetarian and vegan. I LOVE animals, and it just didn’t feel right to me that animals should be killed and slaughtered so that we could have a hamburger, or a steak.
The Difference Between Killing Animals and Killing Plants
People always rationalize that well, plants are living too. And aren’t we doing the same to plants?
Well, that may be true, but no one can deny the differences between killing animals and killing plants for food. If you watch the video, the poor animals are resisting and seemingly begging for their life. They look frightened.
Killing plants for food and killing animals for food… two distinct acts. But, the killing of animals seems more vicious and cruel.
Why A Few People Become Fruitarians
Perhaps that is why some vegans have become fruitarians. They don’t even want to kill plants. So, being a fruitarian would be to eat only the fruits, seeds and nuts that fall from the plants and trees.
So maybe what we were really meant to do was to follow what was said in Genesis:
Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you…”
Hmm… words to ponder… deeply.
Further Readings: Animal Aid UK