I am so glad you brought up this point! This is something I really struggle with. I am pretty careful about not posting a lot of things like this. I don’t want to interfere in anyones life. What people do is their business as long as it doesn’t interfere with me and my business.
I don’t really care what anyone eats. It’s not a philosophical question that I can answer for anyone but myself.
I made the choice last year, after being bombarded with images and stories, to stop eating meat. Though, it wasn’t just about the cruelty for me. I have always had issues with the concept of eating other creatures, so even if the animal were killed in the kindest possible ways I would try to abstain. The tipping point came when my wonderful sister watched Food, Inc. and couldn’t take it anymore and then kept graphically explaining to me why. It’s also different for me since I am married to a vegetarian, it wasn’t exactly a big leap!
So, having said all of that, I still buy meat. My son is not a vegetarian, and I supply him food. So, yup I buy meat and chicken and pork and whatever else strikes his or my fancy.
If something moves me to post on Facebook or here it’s usually not about actually being vegetarian, or eating organic. In this case, it’s about the human nature behind the people who are cruel. Though, looking back on my facebook comment I see I forgot a word. I meant to start with “I don’t know”. Not, “I know”. Because my thought was,I don’t know why people behave that way. I don’t understand it and I can’t condone it. I just do not understand why they are cruel, and why it’s okay to be cruel.
I liked the strategy of the people in the article. They went to the grocer and said, don’t buy product from this producer. They didn’t say don’t carry pork at all. They didn’t stand outside of the store and hurl pig parts at people or throw fake blood on people who came out with bacon for a nice tasty BLT.
For me, it is not about letting the pigs roam free on the range eating high on the hog as it were, and then having a gentle slaughter experience, it was about not being cruel. Companies that let their employees behave that way make me nervous. What kind of person throws a live small animal across the room and laughs? Maybe I am overly sensitive to this kind of thing because I’ve always had pets and have always lived in the suburbs where any animal you run across is a pet, not livestock. The thought of someone gleefully throwing my dog across the room because she’s bouncy (she’s a beagle, so she probably is) hurts me and it’s just too easy for me to transfer that feeling to another animal.
It’s always a fine line for me to walk when it comes to saying my opinion publicly because I do not believe my way is better, I just believe my way is my choice.
The eating organic thing is a different subject! I do try to eat as healthy as I can within my lifestyle choices. I eat organic when it’s feasible just to avoid the extra chemicals. If I have a choice between a $3.00 good tasting can of organic soup or $2.79 can of non-organic I’ll buy the organic, but my cupboards are mostly filled with Campbells and Progresso! For me it’s a health issue, I take so much medicine and eat and drink (okay, mostly drink) so much garbage that anywhere I can eat healthier I do.
So in closing as I hop off of my non-organic but meat-free soap box, I don’t think my choices have to be your choices, and I would fight for your right to make your own choices, as long as they didn’t intentionally cause harm to anyone else. But I do think it’s important to remind people occasionally that we have to keep the cruelty in check. It’s so easy to be desensitized and I worry that the line too easily gets blurry for the people who are practising cruel behavior. If they do it as part of their job, what happens to their life outside of work.