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Wolf Bite Wednesday (Hypocrisy of Humane Animal Farming)

As a libertarian, I believe that adults should be able to do whatever they want to do as long as it doesn’t harm other living creatures.  This means that in what society sees as gray areas, I go with whatever side allows for more choice.  It also means I try to avoid being “militant” about anything and just hope that with the evidence I calmly present, people will change their minds.  Unfortunately, no matter how many times you present the evidence that evolution is real, some people still choose to teach their children that god made woman out of Adam’s rib.

One thing that I cannot stand and won’t stay quiet about, though, is hypocrisy, and it’s something I’ve been seeing cropping up more and more in the green movement.  You guys all know that I’m a vegetarian.  I wholeheartedly believe this is the right choice, and it’s one I want more people to make.  However, I respect whatever choice people make, because what you eat is your own business.  I have no problem with omnivores who say they enjoy being at the top of the food chain, that we’re naturally predators so we may as well enjoy it, etc…  They’ve decided what matters to them while acknowledging that this choice causes pain.  I don’t agree with the choice, but it’s not hypocritical.  I also have no problem with people who want organic animal farming due to a concern about chemicals in meat.  I think it’s kind of a silly thing to be concerned about, but again it’ s not hypocritical.

However, I have a serious problem with you people who purport to support organic “humane” animal farming out of a concern for the well-being of the animals and not yourself..  You are not concerned about the well-being of the animals.  If you were, you wouldn’t ask for them to die so you can enjoy a hamburger when you live in a nation with plenty of other ways to healthily feed yourself.  You’re claiming that you want the animals to be happy?  Take any animal from an organic farm and compare it being slaughtered to one being slaughtered at a factory farm.  Neither of them wants to die.  They both cry.  They both struggle to get away.  In a sense, it’s more humane for the factory farm to slaughter their animals, because they are in pain and suffering constantly.  You’re advocating to give an animal a paradise type of environment and then rip them out of it to kill them.  That does not make you a good person!!! DOES NOT.  It makes you a hypocrite.  If you actually cared about the animals, you wouldn’t eat them.  It really is that simple.

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  1. jillndom
    March 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    so true! Killing animals purely for your own profit or enjoyment displays NO caring for those animals whatsoever regardless of how nicely you treated them before you sentenced them to death! There is simply no way to humanely kill a perfectly healthy creature with a will to live. period. I do think however, that if animals are going to be killed (since we unfortunately can’t stop anyone from doing that yet) they should be raised in the more comfortable free range environments instead of factory farms as a minimum. A life of cruelty that ends in cruelty is still worse in my opinion than one that ends in cruelty preceded by a time of living in relative peace.
    Not that those people are any less hypocritical, which I think was your main point.

    • March 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

      I think that spending any time advocating for humane farming of animals removes energy from the vegetarian cause. If I have a factory farming video, I want to say, “Look, buying meat supports this, so stop eating meat,” not “Buy organic,” you know?

      • jillndom
        March 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

        that is a very good point, didn’t think of that. I feel that methods for evoking change by holding firm to a radical demand, or by taking small steps, both have strong points. It’s hard for me to decide sometimes…

  2. jillndom
    March 5, 2010 at 5:41 am

    ps I just wrote a long ass post about another hypocrite on my myspace blog

    • March 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

      You have a myspace blog? I was unaware! Link?

  3. jillndom
    March 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

    haha yeah, and an LJ both of which I rarely post to so that’s why I never mentioned before, but I’m thinking of trying more often. I’ll link you to the LJ since the entry is public on there, if you have myspace though I can friend you 🙂

    http://biteythevampire.livejournal.com/

    • March 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for the LJ link! Sorry, I never made a myspace. It took long enough to convince me to join the facebook in college!

    • March 5, 2010 at 9:53 am

      Also I am cracking up at your LJ username. 😉

      • GringaSalsera
        March 6, 2010 at 1:56 am

        hehe thanks! it’s from invader zim

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