— William Penn's Fruits of Solitude
I’ve been thinking a lot about it for the past few days. The whole animal against man type of thing where, obviously from the title, that humanity is superior to animals. I see that and I think, “of course we are. We have morals, order and far superior intelligence than that of animals”. It’s scientific fact that we are intellectually superior to animals (though sometimes I like to question that when I meet people).
But I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I had a friend who went vegan and I have an uncle who is a vegan (has been since…for a long time). So that got me thinking to the treatment of animals that become food. I’ll say this right now, I like meat. As humans, we need meat. Sure, we don’t need a lot of it, but we don’t need a lot of the things that we put in our mouth. It’s all about balance and since we’re so cool and modern, we can get the necessary nutrition in other ways besides food. But I like meat and I enjoy rare filet mignon wrapped with bacon. Personally, I’m a bread type of girl and I like to devour fruit and water, but meat is always good.
But what about the treatment of the animals that become my bacon and my steak? Honestly, I really don’t think about it. Not that I am in so much denial about the treatment or I’m traumatized, but, I can’t really find it within me to care. I watched Earthlings while eating a hot dog. I don’t like seeing animals being abused but I feel that if they are to become food, they should be respected. Of course, one could make the argument that eating them isn’t respecting them, but I think that’s a major point in the whole vegan debate where people most often fight.
I’m getting off track. Again. My point is basically that humans are superior but IN my thinking, I thought it was a good point for someone to become vegan. Because we are the superior species, and because we know what is right and wrong (though that is still up to debate), we have the responsibility to watch out for the animals. To defend them where they cannot. Here’s a quote that explained it awesomely:
“Because we are unquestionably a unique species—the only species of even contemplating ethical issues and assuming responsibilities—we uniquely are capable of apprehending the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, proper and improper conduct toward animals. Or to put it more succinctly if being human isn’t what requires us to treat animals humanely, what in the world does?” —Wesley J. Smith
I think it’s a strong point in the entire debate. Really strong. The only problem is that this doesn’t change my actions. I am still going to eat meat, drink milk, and all that good stuff. I care about animals when they are abused unnecessarily (i.e beaten, neglected, etc.). Unfortunately, I see farm animals as food and if they are being killed to be my food, then I don’t think their killing is unnecessary. I value human life over animal life and humans do need meat. I respect that people don’t share this view and that’s alright. The only right way to eat, is the healthy way.
tagged as: vegan. human supremacy.