Donkey Punch

August 22, 2007

Hypocrites, Start Your Engines!

Filed under: Animal Rights, Pescatarian, Pets — t4toby @ 4:00 pm

So, where’s the outrage?

I was over at Firedoglake, reading a post about the Michael Vick case.

You know the one…major professional athlete flushes career down the tubes, all for the love of Dog Fighting

The story is as old as time, right?

Well, while I was reading the comment thread at this particular post, I wondered how many of these pet owners who were so aghast were, in fact, meat eaters.

So I guess I have never gone into my culinary habits. I am officially a Pescatarian. A vegetarian that eats fish. I am not vegan, and I am not puritanically strict. I think if you are capable of slaying the animal yourself, and dressing the animal yourself, and butchering the animal yourself, then you have the right to eat that animal.

I can catch fish, and clean, and fillet, so I give myself a pass on the fishies. (I live in Seattle, so what can I do?) I have some glass blower friends up in Bellingham who bought a live pig for a 4/20 party a few years back. They hogtied it, shot it, gutted it, and roasted it. It was impressive. Those are the kind of people that deserve to eat meat.

This whole dog fighting issue has brought the hypocrisy of pet owners to the forefront for me. It has also made me realize that if the pet owners could be convinced that they love all animals, then we could really make some headway on this issue.

Much has been written on the practices of modern industrial farming. I won’t go into the specifics. I do know that there is something wrong with getting a tiny slice of cow leg on styrofoam, wrapped in plastic film. It is so detached from the source.

So do I get disgusted if someone plops down beside me with a bloody steak? No. I have bigger battles to wage. But don’t tell me about how outraged you are about dog fighting while eating said steak. Then we just may have a problem.

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6 Comments »

  1. Oh yeah… we have a problem. Did you read the details of the Vick setup? I didn’t – I couldn’t stomach it… I did see some references which were enough to know I couldn’t read the details without puking. Do I eat meat? Occasionally – not regularly. Do I think slaughterhouses and factory farming are inhumane? Absolutely. This doesn’t negate the outrage at dogfighting. So the slaughterhouse is cruel but I hardly think the intent is to watch the cow suffer or see how long it suffers before it dies. Was Vick slaughtering his dogs to eat them? If so, they’d probably suffer less and I doubt the outrage would be as great, although I’m guessing that’s illegal as well. I don’t think eating the occasional steak negates my right to stand up for the rights of animals – especially dogs in a society that puts dogs on the same level as family in most instances. So it’s not that way in other societies – fine. Here it is. And here dog spelled backwards is god.

    Comment by scout — August 22, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

  2. p.s. I think Mitt Romney should do some time too. He gets away with animal cruelty because of his societal rank. Johnson picked up his Beagles by the ears, remember?

    Comment by scout — August 22, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

  3. If you equate dog fighting with eating a steak – you’re just a stupid jerk off. Plain and simple. How do you compare the two you brain dead asshole? One is inhumane, cruel and only for sadistic scum like you to enjoy. Having a steak at Applebee’s or elsewhere is after the fact and the animal supposedly was killed humanely. But I guess this is over your moronic head though.

    Comment by Raybo — June 28, 2008 @ 6:38 am

  4. Wow, Raybo? Drunk post much?

    Or does the invective just naturally roll off you tongue?

    Anyway, thanks for your opinion.

    I humbly agree to disagree. If you think dog fighting is cruel and you eat factory produced meat, you are a hypocrite. Why is a cow’s life worth less than a dog’s?

    Comment by t4toby — June 30, 2008 @ 8:11 am

  5. “A vegetarian that eats fish”? Vegetarians don’t eat meat. Your not a vegetarian.

    Comment by anthony — July 11, 2008 @ 8:25 am

  6. May I ask why it matters to you? Should I say I don’t eat meat except occasionally fish and shellfish, except that sometimes on Thanksgiving I cook and eat a turkey?

    So you’re right. I have a complicated relationship with food. Call me a pescatarian then.

    Comment by t4toby — July 11, 2008 @ 9:43 am


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