Unhappy Cows

There is a strong disparity between the enjoyment that we receive from consuming animal flesh and the sacrifice that an animal has given to provide this pleasure. We receive relatively little, and the animal is forced to give everything. This is a complete inequality for the animal who has been killed for the momentary indulgence. Such a fleeting enjoyment cannot match the value of the permanent state that is death, and therefore the animal has given much more than the consumer has received. This is injustice. 

See more at: http://freefromharm.org/animal-products-and-ethics/the-ultimate-betrayal-is-there-happy-meat-an-excerpt-from-the-book/#sthash.30s9eGum.x64o2x5m.dpuf

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  1. atlethicaleats
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 21:36:03

    Often, I wish I were a vegan because of what is explained in this article. However, I know that it is not probable for every single human to become vegan, so what is your opinion on urging people to eat animals that are raised naturally even if they are destined to be slaughtered? For example, if a cow is allowed to eat grass and lounge around the pasture all day and only milked by hand when necessary? I would think it is better if people eat “ethical” meat than just not care how the animals are treated at all. It may be shades of gray to you, but I think it’s better than factory farming & cages. I’d love to hear your opinion though.

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    • 19peace80
      Sep 24, 2013 @ 21:55:48

      Thank you for your comment, atlethicaleats! I tend to follow the pragmatic approach of Erik Marcus and Vegan Outreach in that I think any reduction of suffering is a good thing. While it is still not ideal, a person who vows to eat only local, organic animals is going to eat far fewer animals than the average person on the Standard American Diet. I also am all for encouraging Meatless Mondays and the like among the general omnivorous population.

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