Seems I have a lot in common with the founder of Facebook. He’s young, famous, and unfathomably rich. I’m … well …
Okay, maybe “a lot” overstates it. But when the one thing you have in common is that you’re slitting the throats of animals, it seems like more than if, say, you’re both Libras.
It was, apparently, a pig roast that triggered Zuckerberg’s decision to eat only what he kills. He hosted the party, and a number of his guests told him that, “even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive.”
When I read that, my first thought was, didn’t their mothers ever tell them that when you are invited to a pig roast you don’t tell your host that the whole concept is, on some level, icky? Manners, people!
My second thought was that, if you can’t even think about the fact that your meat was once an animal, you are a class-A sissy.
“That just seemed irresponsible to me,” was what Zuckerberg thought.
Well said, Mr. Zuckerberg.
I don’t believe killing an animal is a moral prerequisite for eating one, but thinking about an animal just might be. And, really, I think that sets the bar pretty low. Acknowledge that an animal gave its life for your barbecue, and consider what kind of life an animal raised for meat ought to have.
I think it’s perfectly reasonable to believe that killing animals for meat is moral, but to be unwilling to kill an animal yourself. For most of my 48 years, that was my stance. The only reason I have now become willing is that, if I weren’t, Kevin would have to do all the dirty work, and that’s not fair. I’ve chosen a life that brings me and my food face to face. In doing so, I’ve waived my right to have someone else do my killing.
Do you like duck?
We have a flock of 6 pekin ducks, scheduled to go to the Cone of Silence in the third week of June. There will be six throats that need to be slit, carefully so the esophagus and trachea are left intact and the bird bleeds out with minumum pain and distress. There will also be duck for dinner.