From: Sara (24-181-115-8.dhcp.mtgm.al.charter.com -18.104.22.168)
Subject: Upset with non-vegan
Date: November 2, 2005 at 3:56 am PST
I may have opened myself up for this one...
So I pose the question to my class "Why is it ok to eat a cow, but not a
cat?" I asked the question out of pure curiosity...one of those "things
that make you go hmmmmmm" kind of things. Most students understood the
question for what it was and proceeded to go "hmmmmmm." However, one
student was quick to defend her right to eat meat (which is odd because
she is a big lover of horses.) One argument was that cows provide more
meat than a small little cat (?!). I asked why she didn't eat horse, it
was a big animal. Apparently, a slaughterhouse for horses is terrible
and they are subjected to awful stress and no one is doing anything
about trying to make it a humane slaughter like they are with cows.
"There are folks trying to make the experience for cows more calm and
easy". So I say "So, if Hitler had given his victims Valium, it would be
ok?" (no offense meant...I am Jewish myself). So finally she pulls out
her trump card: "God made us higher than the beasts. We are better." I
was, and still am, speechless. Am I wrong in disliking this idea? I
cannot believe that there is a hierarchy to God's/Goddess's/Higher
Isn't this the same idea used throughout history to justify slavery etc?
Am I really soooo naive???
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