I think I have briefly mentioned here and there throughout this blog that I was born and raised a meat-eater. Although as the years go by my taste for meat has diminished, every so often I hum and ah about how I’d like a taste of some bacon or steak or chicken. I imagine buying an organic piece of meat and cooking it up with love and gratitude... but although ‘organic’, this term has no implications about the way an animal is treated. Generally speaking animals raised ‘organically’ might live with a bit more space and health than their non-organic counterparts, but when it comes to the killing day they all go to the same slaughterhouse. More on the question of whether organic meat is a more humane choice here if you’re interested.
Last night I wanted to remind myself of the primary reason I am a vegetarian- animal rights. So I went to the PETA website for some inspiration. Easily distracted I saw the headline, ‘Perez Hilton, What are Factory Farms Trying to Hide?’ and was of course intrigued. I had no idea Perez Hilton of all people was an animal activist. So I naively clicked on and began to watch his presentation. Within 30 seconds- THIRTY SECONDS- I had to turn the video off. I was sick, I felt nauseas, I was horrified with the undercover footage I saw. I immediately closed all PETA windows and any prior meat cravings immediately became non-existent. Putrid to even think about.
These images and videos aren’t one-offs that those 'crazy animal activists' got their hands on. Large-scale farms cannot and do not humanely kill animals. Can you humanely kill? Isn't that why the death penalty was abolished in Australia, Canada and beyond? I just don't understand how a person who massacres all day long, everyday for their living can feel happy, empathetic, compassionate... just plain normal. I don't want to create the demand for a job like this. In the words of Pythagorus, "For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
Thank you Perez for this reality check. I am so glad that I am not consuming the kind of negative energy that is within these dead bodies. If an animal has experienced and is filled with adrenaline, fear, pain and suffering are we not a part of that when we consume it? Are we not consuming that prana?
You may not be a vegetarian yourself, but surely by now we all know that this age-old saying is true: ‘We are what we eat’.
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