I came across this BBC article called “Cruelty in the Kitchen” on how some animals are ok to eat (Whales in Japan, and Dog in Vietnam) and others are not ok (In the US/Europe, eating whale and dog meat would be unthinkable).
The author discusses how people argue that whales are endangered species (but not all of them are, and Japan didn’t make them that way, Europe and America did). He also discusses how many people think killing whales with harpoons is cruel.
But what’s not cruel about slicing the beaks off chickens minutes after they are born, or keeping sows in 2″ by 7″ gestation crates for their entire lives? Why is it ok to eat chicken and pork but not whale and pig? I would eat any animal given the right circumstance.
Let me be clear. I love eating meat. A tasty steak makes my mouth water and I’m sure I’ve eaten hundreds of pounds of meat in my lifetime. But I won’t eat it anymore. It’s wrong.
If you think kicking a stray dog in ribs or breaking the neck of a stray cat is wrong; you must realize you do the same thing every time you eat meat that is not locally produced. You are supporting an industry that does horrendous things to living, feeling creatures.
So if I’m vegetarian, how can I say I’d eat any animal given the right circumstance?
If an non-farmed animal died of natural causes and then someone cooked that animal up into a form that is edible and not unhealthy to humans, I would eat it. I’d try any kind of meat- whale, dog, monkey, even human. Yes, I said it, I would eat human flesh given the right conditions.
Generally those circumstances do not exist and so I don’t. If you eat meat – fine. I can’t stop you. But at least recognize that it’s no better than eating dog, or whale or any other living creature.