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From: Jo Stepaniak (
Subject: Re: Desensitization of animal food origins....
Date: September 26, 2006 at 5:42 am PST

In Reply to: Desensitization of animal food origins.... posted by HeatherinWashington on September 25, 2006 at 3:16 pm:

That's a good question. I'm not so sure that "desensitization" is the right way to describe it, though. In order to be DEsensitized, we first must be sensitized, and I don't think in Western culture (and many other cultures) that we are ever given an opportunity to be sensitized to "food animal" suffering. In general, we are taught that "food animals" are food -- that they were put on this earth (by whomever) to serve human beings (or be served to us). There are people who actually truly believe that animals don't feel pain and/or somehow know that their purpose is to fulfill human desires. When this is drilled into a person from birth, it is hard to escape it and see beyond the rote propaganda. In addition, we are inundated with sanitized marketing compaigns and sterile-looking packages at food stores. And, once our taste buds and bodies get acclimated to the taste of meat, it becomes a craving, an addiction of sorts. As with any addiction, it is difficult to investigate, especially on any ethical level, when you are in the throes of it.

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