“@joerogan Morrissey is a silly, silly bitch: ‘Eating animals is just the same as paedophilia, rape and murder’ http://mirr.im/1lgcD4K ”
I used to eat meat and think that vegetarians were weird hippies. I stood by the agrument that animals were meant to be eaten…they were simply the bottom of the food chain. After watching a horrifying undercover video that was actually on the news (so many of them don’t make prime time), I was sobbing watching cows scream in pain after being tased and dragged with chains and pitchforks to slaughter. (The news report was actually about a recall because the cows were being slaughtered despite being too sick to be killed for human consumption, not specifically about the horrible abuse.)
I initially tried vegetarianism for 30 days and except for cheating a few times (with bacon mostly), I’ve never looked back. For the next 2 or so years I dabbled in vegan-ism (not eating anything from an animal…eggs, milk, etc), because my line of thinking was that the animals weren’t being killed for this stuff. I worked on a farm as a kid, and most of the time the goats didn’t mind being milked and it was easy enough to take an egg from the chickens (who actually roamed free).
There came a point when it hit me that cows produced milk for the same reason humans produce milk…to feed their newborns. It’s such an obviously simple fact. People cringe at the thought of a mother breastfeeding her baby in public, yet guzzle breast milk from a totally different species.
It really really struck me when I realized how horrible the dairy industry treats animals. It goes back to the simple biological fact…cows aren’t meant to produce milk constantly. They produce it when they have babies…and how do they get pregnant?
“Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. This includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration), groping, forced kissing,child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner.“
They are strapped to a “rape rack” and are forcibly impregnated, have their baby taken away almost immediately after birth, and then the milk that was meant for that baby is sold for profit to humans, who don’t even *need* it. We are the ONLY species to breastfeed from another species, and to continue doing so past the age of 4-ish.
I can proudly say I don’t remember the last time I had meat, and it’s been about 2 years since I’ve officially made the conscious effort to stop eating dairy and other animal products. I don’t think I’m better than anyone else though because I was a carnivore only a few years ago (and in high school I thought vegetarians were way pretentious).
It’s hard to explain to people why I don’t eat animal products, and I generally don’t bring it up unless asked. People get really defensive when they feel like you’re telling them something they’ve done their whole life is wrong. But I wish more people at least knew the conditions of factories, or imagined what it would be like to be raped, and then have their newborn baby stolen away (only to live the same fate, or in case of males kept in a crate to become veal).