People ask me:
What if you stranded on a desert island, and all there was to eat were animals, would you eat them?
There’s this Dutch TV show called Temptation Island which goes like this: 4 couples try to maintain their relationship while they’re separated for 10 days and seduced by 10 seducers of the opposite sex. There’s a lot of drama and funny bits, but in the end it’s mostly very sad. This show got me thinking about temptation and the things we are tempted by and I would like to share my views with you.
There’s a blank space between the meat you buy at the supermarket and cook up for dinner and the cute baby cows and piglets you see on the Internet. Why? There’s a reason slaughterhouses aren’t located in city centers, but rather in a rural setting. There’s a reason trucks full of animals on their way to the slaughterhouse mostly drive at night. The system has tried very hard to make people oblivious about what needs to happen for us to actually consume meat or dairy. Of course, we know what needs to happen, but we would rather not think about it. We want to close our eyes for the violent part of the process. We want to eat and enjoy without the guilt. Because there is guilt. Knowingly contributing to a system that causes pain, physical and mental suffering and death upon innocent sentient beings makes us feel guilty. So we’ve come up with multiple excuses. “we need protein”, “they can’t think or feel like we can”, “our ancestors used to eat meat, so…”. We say we’re not like animals. That our intelligence surpasses theirs. That we’ve established societies, a legal system, invented cool stuff, made art, created myths, religion and can tell what’s right and wrong. Tell me, why then, while we know that eating meat isn’t necessary to be healthy, while we know it is contributing to the destruction of our earth, while we know animals are breeded just to be slaughtered, almost always confined into small cages, are caused distress during their lives and are often even tortured, why do we, smart, righteous, honest and loving people contribute to this?
Is it because you were raised this way? You don’t know what you should eat otherwise? You start to drool when you think about ice cream, cheese and meat? Is it because of our instinct? When you know you really want to do something out of desire, like cheat on your partner, what makes you not do it? Common sense? Your conscience? Your brain limits you, puts a brake on your bodily longing. We are strong enough to resist, if we really want. But that’s the real issue, right? If we really want.
Exactly like the contestants of temptation island we are tempted every day by smells, commercials, restaurants, magazines, … to cheat our mind, body and conscience. We can choose the easy way and give into temptation or we can place mind over matter and choose the way that inflicts no pain, that makes us just like the individuals we would like to be.
So let me ask you:
What if you lived in civilization where there is an abundance of food of all kinds, would you choose to kill animals for no reason?
Something to think about
P.S.: you can always ask me questions about going vegan or vegetarian ❤