Thinking about or evaluating one’s own moral code, I don’t know anyone around me who wouldn’t consider themselves humane. Looking at the words exact definition:
hu·mane –adjective 1. characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed: humane treatment of horses.
Having read the definition, who can still apply the word humane as one of their character traits once our treatment towards animals was contemplated? Which brings me to the reason for this blog and my dilemma…
We, and with “we” I am referring to the people in my life, the people that pass me by, the people that live abundant Western lives with choices available to them; people that have a roof over their head and food on their plate. People that have the luxury to go shopping in big supermarkets in which they can find thousands of items to purchase to then prepare as their dinner. Many of these items that can be purchased there haven’t caused anyone any physical harm.
So I have to ask: with all these options available and living far removed from the situation of having to starve otherwise, why do most of you choose products that had living creatures vegetate (you can’t call it live) in pain and suffering?
Most people I know are very aware of what is going on in animal factory farms; they have at least seen some of the tapes and news footage that leaked out. They can hardly bare to look at these images, turn their heads away and feel sadness and disgust.
But once back in the supermarket or at a restaurants table, these images mean nothing anymore. The items that endured tons of suffering are purchased like the images one saw never existed. You may even compliment yourself on the good deal you got on these steaks, are happy that your gallon of milk is half the price compared to the free range one…. Forgetting or ignoring that what you pay less the cow already paid on top.
And I have to ask, how can one not care?? How can it be the same to you that there are living creatures, that experience pain like we do, are treated so atrociously that many of them die or have to live medicated until they make it onto your plate?
Do you consider yourself an animal lover? Do you own pets? How are they treated? Differently? Why? Because they were lucky enough to end up with you on the couch and not on a vivisection table at Cedar Sinai?
But in the end, don’t all animals deserve the same courtesy from us humans who got the power to play their God? Shouldn’t we extend the same kindness to the animals that feed us like to the ones that give us love and share our lives? These farm animals serve your needs, I believe a little gratitude is due. But we repay them with suffering pain and ignoring -in the name of money- what they exist in….
Now you might tell me that the footage we all have seen on these abuse cases are exceptions to the rule, that for example most dairy and meat farms are indeed humanely run. HA! Is that why they are trying to pass a new law to make it illegal to go undercover and document it? Like they did with vivisection? Anyhow…
Maybe now you start grasping my dilemma… I am so torn by this subject and what I see around me that I had to write about it. Torn because I have a hard time tolerating the ignorance and carelessness I find in my fellow human beings. It is pretty much impossible for me to respect that they choose to turn a blind eye towards such atrocities. Especially when it is sooooo easy to make a difference. Your purchase speaks every time!! And I am not against eating meat, please, enjoy!!! I grew up with it too. I just truly believe that every being on this planet, from a fly to an elephant to us, has the SAME right to a peaceful and pain free life as we do…
it all could be so nice IF YOU WANTED IT TO…