Originally Posted by Evee
It is really heartbreaking to me.
I get so sad just thinking about the abuse of animals and the like of respect.
Most don't even understand when you say no I don't want to eat any thing that has meat in it.
I have had people say well take the meat out and eat the stew how silly would I be to do that.
I know human life is valued more than animal life, I try and value both.
I often find myself showing far more feeling for animals than for people. I guess I have a subconscious belief that the people should know better than to treat animals the way they do and it makes me turn cold toward them. That's my mistake though. I'm giving them credit to be able to see through social conditioning when such credit is really due only to a very small percentage of people. The rest seem to be perfectly happy simply accepting whatever they're offered, no matter now cruel and non-sensical.
I know what you mean about people thinking that picking the meat out should be good enough. They don't understand that to me, that's no better than picking the bugs out of food as you eat it or dropping it on the ground and just dusting it off. I used to think that was the result of having been raised never eating meat. But a very special friend of mine stopped eating meat and within a few months, couldn't stomach the idea of having her food stirred with the same spoon people used to stir dishes containing meat. I guess once you break the social conditioning, the reality of how disgusting it is becomes clear.
People cringe and become sickened when they see an animal smashed on the roadway. Then sit down to lunch and consume things which are little different and they think nothing of it. They'll watch a wildlife rescue show and sometimes find themselves near tears as they offer they're hopes and prayers for an animal stuck, trapped, injured or abused. In the next moment, they're consuming a bite of a sandwich containing pieces of animal carcass, often from the very same kind of animal and they believe this double-standard is perfectly acceptable, because social conditioning has suggested that it is.
But again, awareness in one area doesn't mean awareness in all areas. Certainly there are areas of cruelty to which I'm oblivious and others are well aware. Were I to be introduced to those, I would wonder how I could ever have not known, or not noticed.