Some people hold the belief
that all beings are equally rated,
and all life is equally sacred
If you adopt this point of view
then antibiotics are taboo
(according to the above terms)
because it basically mass kills germs.
Others think it’s pretty neat
to take one’s life and eat one’s meat.
Cows and chickens, it’s pretty straight,
all should end up on our plate.
But where’s the limit? There’s a thought:
What’s OK to eat? What’s not?
Why stop at munching a cow?
Why not cats? Dogs? Humans? Wow…
Is killing for meat really fine?
Where will I draw my own line?
Animals are in real pain…
should I just accept them being slain?
And what about insects like ants?
What about eating only plants?
Can I live just on plants? Just sayin’…
And who said plants cannot feel pain?
I totally understand the logic of vegetarians. Livestock animals are indeed suffering in the harsh conditions used for growing livestock animals in the industrial world. I’m an omnivore myself (I hate the term “carnivore” because it’s inaccurate. After all, I eat meat products as well as plants). Still, it’s hard for me to argue for one side or the other. To my understanding, the boundaries that vegetarians and meat eaters set are totally arbitrary. If you think meat should be part of a human diet, and if you believe that all animals (humans included) are in this world to either eat or be eaten, then why stop at cow meat? Why not eat dogs? Cats? Humans? Because after all, it’s customary in some cultures.
On the other side, if you’re vegetarian and you believe that all life is sacred, why eat plants? Plants are just as living as animals. They have DNA, they reproduce. Studies show they can signal distress. The fact that they’re a different form of life doesn’t make them less living than us. And what about bacteria? As the comic suggests, every antibiotic you take is like a mass genocide for millions of living bacteria. If you think their life is worth less than the life of a cow, then you believe in a hierarchy of life. And in that case, you cannot argue with someone who says that that the life of a cow is worth less than that of, say, a human.
As mentioned before, to me it’s all arbitrary boundaries. I choose to eat meat, but I might as well choose not to, and it would make the same sense to me.
Think I’m wrong? Think I’m right? Let me know in the comments, especially if you have some interesting reading material that would you think would convince me or the readers of the comic to go one way or the other (keep the discussion polite please, rude comments will be removed).