Are you a Meat Eating Hypocrite?

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 21st Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Do you eat hamburgers and steaks, yet get upset if someone has a mounted deer head in their family room? If so, you just may be a meat eating hypocrite.

Dead Animals in Our Homes

Decorating our homes with the remains of dead animals is something that seems to be increasingly thought of as archaic to many people in the modern world. Some people think that having something such as a mounted deer head, or even a cow hide rug, in one's home is creepy or cruel.

The strange thing is that some of the people who are offended by dead animals being turned into pieces of art or furniture via taxidermy have no problem stuffing a hamburger or steak into their mouths and eating what was once a living creature.

I guess this has to do with the fact that a hamburger looks very little like a cow and a cow hide rug looks very much like a cow. In today's world many city people have become so disconnected from where their food actually comes from that some of them actually think that all beef products come from cows; not understanding that cow is a term that only applies to female cattle that have had a calf. In fact most beef comes from steers - a castrated male, and some from heifers - a young female who has not had a calf.

With this type of disconnection from the production end of the foods that we eat it is really no surprise that some who consider a cow hide rug a creepy thing will completely accept and take for granted hamburgers or leather handbags. It is all a bit hypocritical.

Dead Animals in our Bodies

If you are a vegan or a hunter you most likely are not a part of this growing hypocrisy.

Vegans at least are consistent in not killing animals for any intentional reason while most hunters (with the exception of trophy hunters) actually do eat what they kill and sometimes the creature's none edible remains end up being stuffed and hung up on the wall or are used in some other fashion.

However, if you do eat meat or use products made from animals and have a problem those same animals being turned into products that have a strong appearance of the animal when it was alive then you are being hypocritical. Is there really a difference between a hamburger and a steer turned into a taxidermy wall mount?

Either way a bovine animal died. Is there really any difference between a piece of venison and a buck's antlers that have been turned into a hat rack? Either way it means a deer was killed.

Some people think that having taxidermy type products made from animals they eat in their homes is disrespectful of those creatures. In ancient times the adornment of homes with products made from animals people ate were considered as a sign of respect for those animals. Respect for the traits of those animals. Respect for the power of those animals. In ancient times everything that could be used from the animals that were killed for food were used.

If you do eat meat it is much more respectful of the creatures who gave their lives to be your food to utilize every possible part of that creature that can be used. If you eat beef having a cow hide rug is more respectful of the bovines that died to provide you with food than letting their hide end up in the landfill. If you can not handle cow hide rugs then you might want to consider putting down that hamburger and becoming a vegetarian.

For those who are not ready to become full vegetarians, I understand, but, perhaps you are ready to reduce the amount of meat you eat per day, or are ready to have some meatless days per week, such as Meatless Monday!

Links and Articles

Is Hunting More Cruel than Raising Livestock for Slaughter?

How to End Suffering for Millions of Hens

How to Stop Suffering in the World

For the record I am not a full vegetarian, although my wife and I do not eat meat daily. We also do not have any animal heads on the walls in our homes, but do not frown on those who hunt. My wife and I are more against Factory Farm meat, than we are against hunted meat.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
21st Aug 2012 (#)

As a pescatarian, I make no moral case to justify eating sea creatures... It is somply my choice.

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author avatar Buzz
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Nice sharing these thoughts, Mark.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Aug 2012 (#)

very interesting facts here Mark...I myself have almost given up eating all meats for no particular reason except my body just dont want it. I do still enjoy milk and butter and cheeses but no-one has to die to get them!!! thank you for an enlightening piece.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Being a vegetarian, killing to eat is tough to stomach for me! But I have no issues with those who take to meat like a duck to water! siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Aug 2012 (#)

to cnwriter - calves are killed to get milk and cheese - taken from their moms so their moms can be milked, and killed to become veal, the stomach of a calf is used to make rennet which is part of cheese.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Aug 2012 (#)

There is no justification for killing a living creature for food. There are so many over-weight people around now, they would do well to just eat vegetables. Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, "Man's structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.".
Meat eaters have a digestive intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly.
Herbivores: have an intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
Humans: have an intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
That is why meat eaters have a smell that is noticeable to non-meat eaters.

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