It was inevitable. A link to the following video was posted in comments on my post about Lierre Keith’s book, The Vegetarian Myth, within which I was compelled to keep my nose buried for even more hours, last night. [Update: Major portions of the book are up at Google Books.]
In case you’re wondering, I do not give warnings about "graphic scenes." I simply presume the maturity and adulthood of my audience. Yea, it’s not pleasant to watch. I don’t insist that you do, but it is an aspect of reality.
So, here was my response to the comment, edited and expounded upon for additional clarity and oomph.
Oh yes, greencare. I’m sure that video just makes all the mall-hopping teenyboppers just horrified!
They’re all then perfectly prepped for the guilt-inducing brain washing — to have their bodies ruined in the long term by undertaking a fantasy diet that explicitly rejects man’s biological nature and his requirements for optimal health.
And I don’t want to hear any bullshit about vegetarian or vegan “health.” The most valid data on that score is that comparing apples to apples, i.e., the anthropological record: that repeatedly and consistently demonstrates strong and robust skeletons and teeth amongst hunter-gatherers, in stark contrast to those diseased skeletons, rotten teeth, and even diminished stature of agricultural populations. This is not in dispute; and furthermore, there has never existed a vegetarian hunter-gatherer population, much less vegan.
Now, while I’m all for humane treatment of animals right up to the moment of death (and willing to pay for it), this video was not particularly shocking. I’ve hunted birds & deer and dressed both, fished, and raised broiler chickens and rabbits. I was the one (at age 13 -15 or so) who did the executions — axe for the chicks, club for the rabbits.
We endeavored to treat them very well during their lives, and to make their end of life very quick (as well as out of sight for those in wait). I have always abhorred animal trophies of all kinds. We were brought up to respect animals and that the only justification for killing them was for the food.
Now, as far as videos go, how’s this for cruelty:
That last one shatters the myth that we’re evolved from strictly herbivore primates (of which there are none, anyway: think bugs). Yea, chips hunt other monkeys, rip them to shreds live, and then eat them, to great tribal celebration.
So, given that, I think humans offer a far better, more humane way for necessary prey to die.
The problem with you folks is that it’s all emotion and feelings with you. You are simply not dealing properly with the reality of human existence and the requirements for survival and happy flourishing.
In the end, y’all remind me of the born-again Christian fundamentalists I grew up around. It’s always about denial, penance, guilt — and over man’s very nature (’original sin’). Vegetarianism offers the very same unearned guilt trap, and there’s no mystery that it’s the young and as-yet dumb and ignorant where lies the biggest push.
In the end, you need emotion and feelings-based ignorance: the only life truly suited to the diet of a pea brain.