Funny how there isn’t a picture of a cow, pig or chicken.
I’m pretty sure the person who made this isn’t even vegan and I’m 500% sure not all 400,000 people who reblogged this are vegan either.
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there’s not a horse on it either.. you don’t see us equestrians going OMG.. and Hackamore.. I love you lol
Why would equestrians care that there’s not a horse? Most people who use tumblr live in countries where horses are treated as pets and not food. So the fact that they aren’t on here isn’t the same thing at all. Neither are degus, but I wouldn’t complain about that.
The point is, these posts are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS aimed at PETS. ALWAYS. And by people who eat meat. Because guess what? You’re not against animal cruelty - you’re against pet cruelty.
“And by people who eat meat. Because guess what? You’re not against animal cruelty - you’re against pet cruelty.”
Actually, I’m completely against animal cruelty. I also am pro omnivore diets since that’s what humans evolved to eat. I’m 100% excited about lab grown meat that will end the need for slaughtering meat animals like cows, pigs, and chickens etc. The minute I can buy lab grown meat I’m going to.
But, I’m also realistic in understanding that there are millions of cows in Alberta (my home province). If everyone simply stopped eating beef right now, all but a small portion of those cows would still be slaughtered and their bodies left unused because there is no purpose for them. We have bred animals purely to satisfy our dietary needs, that have no place in our ecosystems and would in fact completely unbalance them and destroy them if they were just summarily let loose. And no rancher is going to be able to keep all his thousands of heads of cattle if suddenly no one wanted to buy them for meat or leather. A few would get kept for companionship and pasture ornaments, but the vast majority would die. The slow weaning down of the industry will allow for fewer cattle to be bred, fewer slaughtered, and perhaps in time breeders will change cattle for better pets/companionship animals that will be more economical to keep (kind of like how horses are expensive, but since you can do so much with them they have a good input/output). People consume more meat that is healthy anyways at the moment, so cutting down on that consumption would even be a good start.
Until then however, lots of us who eat meat are completely against cruel methods of slaughter and cruel methods of raising our food animals. Watching something like the documentary “Frankensteer” is absolutely heartbreaking and definitely a wake up call to be more involved in creating humane slaughter houses. Gradual change of the industry is fantastic-we already have a lot of change going on as more people become aware and demand improvements to the feedlot/slaughter system and the issues with hormones and antibiotics. People like Temple Grandin are amazing-she cares deeply about being kind to animals, and works to build humane slaughter houses. If I can find ways and means to support humane slaughter and humane ranchers/farmers, I absolutely do.
No one who eats meat sits there over their burger going “muahahaha this cow SUFFERED HORRIBLY AND THE SALTY TEARS OF ANIMAL ACTIVISTS MAKE THIS TASTE SO MUCH BETTER.”
No one wants animals to suffer, and on average no one enjoys animal cruelty. I can eat a cow/pig/chicken and still work actively to make sure that it lived the best life it possibly could have and then was slaughtered in the kindest way possible.
I’m also all for that German rescue video that was going around a while back that showed the cows released into the paddock that were saved from slaughter. I happily encourage people to do that! If you can afford to give sanctuary to animals and save them from slaughter, awesome! Not everyone can afford to do that though.
And I’m sorry for the long rant. It’s just that I have family who are small ranchers who care deeply about their cattle and love them to bits. Seeing things like this is just incredibly offensive. Not to mention I didn’t get go remotely off on the whole shark finning issue or other animals who aren’t pets but plenty of us who eat meat still want to see species recovery on or are anti cruelty and anti animal exploitation (Blackfish was extremely upsetting to watch, regardless of my dietary choices).