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Feb 03

How Vegetarians Are Killing the World

To people who know me personally, I apologize in advance as I must have gone on this rant many hundreds of times before; I just wanted to have it written somewhere so that instead of starting all over again with someone I can just link them!

abattoir Now, vegetarians… there are a few sorts. You’ve got your basic veggies who don’t want to eat anything meaty because they don’t like the idea of an animal dying or suffering in order to feed them, then you’ve got your ‘piscetarians’; people who still count themselves as vegetarians but will still eat fish (go figure). Then you’ve also got your more extremist branches such as veganism, which has a lot of dos and don’ts but to put it basically, “don’t eat anything that casts a shadow”.

All of these different groups share the same underlying principle that they don’t want animals to die; I put it to the world that this sort of behaviour will in fact mean the death of many more animals, pushing some to extinction.

The following is based on this idea (which shall be referred to henceforth as ‘idea 1’):

The reason humans permit any animal to exist is because that animal serves some sort of purpose. If the animal does not have any sort of purpose, and eradicating it would not prove costly, then the animal is destroyed: the space it occupied being used for something deemed more ‘useful’. The set purposes of any animal on Earth are for food, for manufacture (by material etc.) and amusement.

Please note that within this blog I will not be referring to the obvious scientific reasons why eating meat is good (health, etc.) purely because they are bloody obvious. I will, therefore, be focussing on the more social aspect.

Now, a brief explanation of idea 1. Why do we have cows? Cows provide us with meat, milk (and all dairy products thereof), leather etc. Why do we have so many cows? Because breeders produce more cows to fit the supply, farmers buy more cows to satisfy the demand. That being said. If we all suddenly said, “I don’t want to eat cows anymore”, the usefulness of the cow is suddenly dramatically reduced. A few things will come about as a result of this:cows

  1. The need for such large quantities of cows would be reduced, the excess number  would be culled as it is far more cost-effective to the farmer. He would most likely sell the surplus land to property developers to try and trim the overhead created by the lack of income.
  2. The uses of cows would remain as predominantly dairy products and leather. Both these products require that the cows be of a certain age. Unfortunately, these two ages don’t neatly coincide. The cows that have finished giving milk are too old to become leather car interiors, and so will simply be slaughtered to make room for more dairy cows. The dairy cows that are a little bit past it nowadays are sent to slaughterhouses, the low grade meat being bought by massive conglomerate fast food chains such as McDonalds or Burger King. The upshot of this lack of ulterior use for cows would result in a much larger number being kept, but a steady cull being maintained (ultimately resulting in the same, if not more, cow deaths).
  3. Hundreds of thousands of butchers, slaughterhouse workers, meat delivery guys, and other professions whose operations depend solely on the consuming of beef products will be jobless. Whatever other profession (if any) these people subsequently find themselves in, they will most probably be under-qualified, resulting in a worldwide lull in industry as time is devoted to retraining employees. This will cost trillions of pounds and man-hours, hindering other endeavours.

This is just a brief cross section, showing a minute level of detail, of the impact such a decision would have on the cow and those whose jobs involve cows. Just imagine though, a similar set of occurrences would occur for every other animal farmed for food. Pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, deer and so on.

I know what you’re thinking, “yeah, that’s pretty s**t, alright…but once we’ve had a while to adjust things’ll all be fine”. Oh how wrong you are…

With the regained space as a result of less grazing animals, man will attempt to end the  problem of homelessness by filling that space with housing. Man will attempt to end illness by building hospitals, clinics etc. The list goes on…

developmentWhat’s so bad about that, I hear you cry. Nothing at all, i respond; in fact that’s all lovely. But what you’ve got to consider is the nature of the species. We’re not just content to stay at any one population level, one epoch of technology, one pair of shoes. We’ll keep breeding, necessitating more and more houses. We’ll keep inventing new and easier ways to build all those houses we need as a result of our breeding. And with all these new people, the need for human ‘essential items’ will equally increase. Massive factories to produce vast quantities of clothes, shoes, glasses frames, lamps, furniture, recreational items and millions of other everyday things will need to be built. Not just small ones, but massive ones designed to produce vast quantities in less time to maximise cost-effectiveness (afterall, we have to watch out budget after we’d paid for all that housing).

We’ll eventually need to start encroaching further and further into the space we had once sought to protect. It is at this point that humans begin to rethink one of the reasons they keep certain animals around: amusement. There are certain animals that mankind, as the intolerant beast we are, only keeps around for our own amusement; this could be simply because the animal looks nice, or it sounds nice, or something to that extent. These animals include: lions, seahorses, toucans, parrots, goldfish, sharks etc.

The time will come when mankind decides that we don’t have the room for all these animals whose only benefit to our race is amusement, therefore they will literally all be destroyed and human infrastructures will be placed there instead.

So, when you’re at Tesco and you’re looking at a pack organic-meatof steak. Even if the idea that you’re holding a chunk of dead animal repulses you, just have a thought for that lump of meat’s place in our artificially constructed circle of life. It embodies the livelihood of millions. Although it bears the connotation of death, it also represents the continued life of the species (to the greatest degree that man, the bastard of the planet, will allow). By eating this steak, adding one more number to some corporate boss’ spreadsheet, you have guaranteed that more cows will be born, and with the welcomed lean towards free-range produce, will enjoy what life they have.

I’d like to sign off with this: The above is not me saying, “I endorse the widespread slaughter of animals; vegetarians should just shut up and conform”. Empathetically, I can acknowledge that the mass slaughter of animals is a horrible thing and that if the public were more exposed to it we’d probably be put off our lunch, but within the corporate machine we’re shielded from the horror with things like smiling chickens on the front of fried chicken restaurants; all-the-better for us to spend our hard earned cash and maintain the economy. I’m simply saying that we’ve been given a system; integral to which is the manufacture of food by the killing of animals. By disrupting the system in this day and age, you break it: ultimately killing the world.

Vegetarian Case in point.

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