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A quote from Darwin that should be forwarded to PETA
blaisepascal
Our familiarity with the larger domestic animals tends, I think, to mislead us: we see no great destruction falling on them, but we do not keep in mind that thousands are annually slaughtered for food, and that in a state of nature an equal number would have somehow to be disposed of.


From an animal welfare point of view, the question is which is better? The method of "disposal" of man, or of nature? I tend to vote man, as the animals slaughtered for food are well-fed, generally healthy, and the actual death is quick. The animals "disposed of" by nature die of starvation and live with fear, illness and injury. A large domestic animal like cattle, horses, etc, if victims of predation are unlikely to die as quickly once attacked as they would in a modern slaughterhouse.

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so you have a beef withthe farming industry?(*heh* see there I did a punny ;)) would yo feel better about it if getting meat from the grocery weren't so easily done? what about ppl who have jobs raising livestock?

I'm a vegetarian, and I don't need to ever get meat.

I don't even understand your first question, what do you mean "weren't so easily done"?

What about people who have jobs raising livestock? I'm not sure what you are asking here.

I was wondering your reason for being a vegetarian (which I guess btw) was due to the meat industry's treatment of livestock & the slauighter of them

My original reason (10 years) was energy use and pollution. After I read/learned a lot more about the farming/fishing industry it became a combination of animal welfare and environmental reasons. I would say it's an ethics choice.

Now I know I don't have to actively kill animals for food (and yes, I realize that some animals are killing by vegetable/fruit farming/processes), and have no desire to cause additional suffering to animals since it's not a requirement to get the nutrition that I need to live.

I greatly enjoy the diet that I have now as far as taste and variety goes. Become a pretty damn good cook, been healthy and stayed a healthy weight, so I don't feel denied anything by my choice.

Call me a hypocrite perhaps because I care for two cats (rescues), and provide them meat. Mainly because I feel they do need it to live. I do believe in balance.

Edited at 2009-01-19 08:41 pm (UTC)

yeah.. cause being an obligate carnivore is not exactly theirchoice ;)
It sounds like your variety of vegetarianism is much healthier than blaisepascal's *lol*...
I live with him & I see how he eats ;)

yeah.. cause being an obligate carnivore is not exactly theirchoice ;)
It sounds like your variety of vegetarianism is much healthier than blaisepascal's *lol*...
I live with him & I see how he eats ;)

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