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Animal Lovers That Eat Meat?

Updated on December 19, 2019
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Cow Meat
Cow Meat

Millions of people globally profess their love for animals. Most have adorable animals they consider to be simply pets and service animals. Two of the most common pets across the world are cats and dogs, with dogs being the number one owned pet. But besides the famous two, there are other animals which people love and adore and take them in as pets or even worker animals. People often have birds, horses, fish, hamsters etc. Looking on the exotic side there are some people who own large wild cats, large snakes, monkeys, spiders and even wolves. But no matter what animal someone owns, they will profess their love for that animal and will chastise any kind of force that brings cruelty to animals. But let us ask a question that many have been asking for a very long time. Are animal lovers like myself who owns two dogs and a cat biased? Why biased? See explanation below.

Animal Lovers Biased

Most people over the world own cats and dogs as pets. We love them, we care for them and we treat them as part of the family. We feed them and when they are ill we take them to the animal doctor to get well again. Most cats and dogs receive much better treatment than many human beings living today. But how do we profess ourselves as true animal lovers when we indirectly support the killings of other animals? Dog, cat and other pet and animal lovers are avid meat eaters and we all know that meat comes from other animals. We indulge in the flesh of pigs, cows, deer, fowls, rats, moose, snakes, and just about anything that we do not consider to be part of the ‘traditional pets.’

Animal lover biased can be seen in many aspects. Let’s take for example a country like China. Chinese people indulge in the eating of dog meat and the love for dog meat is clear as they have their annual dog meat celebrations. Even though not all Chinese will indulge in such activities as many are owners of dogs and cats. But the Chinese tradition is that dog is just a good meat as any other animal. Yet, people of other nations will protest how Chinese are cruel as they kill the animal and eat them. Yet, it is that same person who went out to have a nice steak dinner at a fancy restaurant two weeks ago.

There Is No Humane Way Of Killing

Many animal lovers who are biased will tell you that it is not that the Chinese eat the dogs, it is how they kill the animal before they eat it. Well, they may have a point there as the Chinese have really done some heart wrenching things to these dogs while they are being slaughtered. But I still put this question out there. Is there a humane way of killing? Isn’t the end product just the same? Do animals on many of these humane farms know that they will soon be slaughtered? Does that anticipation of death cause the animal some type of stress even though it cannot detected by who has these animals lined up to be killed? Are chickens in large chicken raring facilities humanely treated before they become fried or Bar-b-Cued? How do you humanely kill something? The point is, not all nations will see all animals through the same eyes. This is due to race, culture and tradition. One countries delicacy will be another countries favorite pet.

Sausage Eating Animal Lover
Sausage Eating Animal Lover

Meat Eaters have No Moral Authority

There. I said it. Meat eaters have no say in any protest over the killing of any animal used for food. It doesn’t matter if that animal is someone’s pet or a wild hog in the bushes. All flesh is the same and once you indulge in the eating of meat, you are directly supporting the killing of some kind of animal. You cannot love your dog, indulge in a nice juicy beef burger, and then wave the flag of protest when another country indulges in the nice juicy dog burger and decided to keep a cow as pet. Make up your mind, it is either you are into meat and allow the eating of all meat or you become a full-fledged vegetarian whose diet solely consist of wheat, fruits and vegetables. As a vegetarian, you have the moral authority to protest and fight against all kinds of cruelty to animals. This includes the slaughtering of any animal for meat or sports.

Killing For Food vs Killing For Sport

Not much difference here except one meat is eaten and the other is not. So when us animal lovers get outraged when we see or hear about people who go hunting for animal trophies and our head tops begin to steam, we are simply full of hot air. We seem to always let our guts get the better of our logical reasoning. For me, I can safely say I am a Biased prick. I also proclaim my love for all animals. But yet will satisfy my taste buds with a juicy fried drumstick or some Jamaican styled oxtail. We simply cannot have one foot in the water and the other in the desert. But hope is not lost. We animal lovers can gradually move away from consuming animal flesh and become full vegetarians and destroy the biased stigma.

© 2019 Clive Williams

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    • Bushra Iqbal profile image

      Anya Ali 

      17 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Don't eat intelligent animals like dogs, pigs, cats, and snakes. Also, animals beautify our countries; some are on the brink of extinction. Edible or not, we should leave them alone.

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      Dr Mark 

      19 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      No, that is the point, you really cannot have vegetables on your plate without killing animals. It is a lot more severe with mechanized farming, as I pointed out with the frog, but even in a land that uses little mechanization things are going to get killed. If a vegan says that they are not taking life they are wrong, and if they are claiming to be better than a meat-eater because they do not kill they are either ignorant of the facts or willfully telling a lie.

      As far as the worms go, do they have any less claim to life? If they are slaughtered during harvesting I can live with that, but a vegan that claims that they cause no loss of life is not telling the truth.

      The only solution for someone who never wishes to take a life is to stop eating.

      That would certainly make a vegan "holier than thou".

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Dr Mark....as a vegan you can have vegetables on your plate without doing all what you mentioned. It is not that sensible to go dig up 40 acres of land to see if worms are under your carrots before you remove them...after all, no one asked the worms to be there. They will come no matter what you put in the earth.

      I get what you are trying to say, but tell me how you would save the frog from the tractor? I can tell you easily how to save the animals from slaughter for food.

      Poor lamb...now you just broke up a good family.

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      Dr Mark 

      19 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Your point about meat eaters not being able to condemn other cultures for their use of a non-traditional meat (by our standards) is a good one. Vegans, also, have no right to tell anyone else in any other part of the world that they cannot eat meat.

      Do you know how many reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals are killed when harvesting crops to feed vegans? Have you ever seen an innocent little frog crushed by a tractor tire in the effort to bring in broccoli to feed those selfish vegans? It is cruelty! Okay, maybe the vegans will go to non-mechanized methods to end their cruelty. Have you any idea how many worms are beheaded and lose their families when some traditional farmer uses his shovel to break up the soil. It is abuse, too, just on a smaller scale.

      We should all enjoy our drumsticks with a clear conscience. I am having one of my grass-fed cruelty-free lambs for lunch.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      YUCK. hee

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Eric, lets cull some turnips.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      sorry Ruby...instead of a drumstick how about a drum of broccoli?

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Pam.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Flourish...I am gradually moving away from the consumption of flesh...but lets see.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Now, every time I see a drumstick I will feel bad if I eat it. Shame on you. LOL

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      19 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This article certainly makes you think about what we eat if we are carnivorous. I don't like the idea of Chinese people eating dogs but I do eat hamburgers. More so I hate to hear of any abuse of animals and it happens. This is a very interesting article.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      19 months ago from USA

      Excellent points. We do deserve the cholesterol and other meat related ills that plague us. We are obese off this disgusting meat obsession. The overindulgence in meat products is especially sad. I have not been immune.

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Perhaps we speak of culling a herd sometimes

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      I get your point Vladimir..Yes animals do eat other animals. But at least an alligator does not protest when he sees a vulture eating an half dead animal. We humans are funny and selective as you said. Great points.

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      Val Karas 

      19 months ago from Canada

      Clive -- I am not particularly religious dude, but I would say that whoever designed this "food chain" on earth didn't exclude the right of humans to be included.

      Namely, animals eat other animals for food, even though we have a lot of You tube videos where those "natural enemies" befriend each other, even though one is a natural food of the other.

      We could then go to the question of vegetarians hurting plants, since it has been scientifically proven that plants also have feelings.

      Now, we humans are endowed with selective, or should I say divided preferences. Aside from the question of food, a young gynecologist is not depriving himself of going horny despite his examining female genitals every day -- he can divide in his head a woman as a sex object from a patient.

      By the same token, we can divide our love for animals, between loving a pet and loving a steak.

      Furthermore, we, humans can go to the church where we agree with our God that ALL people deserve to be loved, since ALL of them are equally HIS children. But then, if our government labels a nation as "enemy", we hate them with a passion -- because we can divide our religious love for the whole mankind from our political hate for some selected peoples.

      You see what I mean. We are some funny species, and our God must have had a sense of humor when He chose to create us like this. Remember, He DID have a choice -- He didn't have to leave it to us whether we would or wouldn't have dogs on our menu.

      I think we are O.K. -- we still haven't started eating each other -- at least not in this part of the world.

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