It is difficult to make a practical or a moral distinction between someone who satisfies their sexual appetite at the expense of an innocent child and someone who satisfies their dietary appetite at the expense of an innocent animal.
Indeed, a rational case can be made that the meat eater is the more cruel and callous of the two, as his victim is murdered so he may satisfy his appetite.
The outrage such a comparison evokes from meat eaters is as predictable as their victims are dead.
Were I able to choose a world of meat eaters or a world of pedophiles, I would infinitely prefer the latter. Such a world would be infinitely kinder than the one in which we live.
Meat eaters are only able to continue their barbarity because of human societal norms and man made laws.
An alien observing human society would no doubt be as horrified as vegans are. What kind of a perversion drives people to murder innocent creatures? To rape females, steal their babies, murder them? Cut them into pieces and sell them? And what depravity makes people who eat those corpses think it is perfectly fine to do so.
The roots are in human society and in religious dogma, but that alone can hardly explain or justify such conduct.
Human forbears murdered and pillaged neighboring tribes. Raped women. Took slaves. All now considered amoral behavior, and rejected by modern society.
But modern society justifies carnism and animal slavery as being human traits that are rooted in our DNA.
As that is patently ridiculous, we must resign ourselves that changing human conduct is either impossible or is so far off into the future that it is a practical impossibility.
Which means that our efforts to change human conduct are doomed to failure.
Educating the public, recruiting vegans, teaching compassion is pissing into the wind.
The only way to stop human exploitation and murder of animals on an industrial scale is through dismantling the system that permits, condones, and enables the Animal Holocaust.
Even then we may only succeed in reducing the size and scope of the genocide, never entirely ending it.
And human cruelty and indifference can only be prohibited at best. Just as cruelty and murder are proscribed by society, such conduct occurs outside the law.
The scope of the Animal Holocaust is astounding. We humans murder 10,000 creatures per SECOND in slaughterhouses. We murder an additional 50,000 sea creatures in ships’ holds, dredges, and nets every SECOND as well.
And the numbers increase every year, regardless of our efforts to halt the horrors or even slow them down.
For the 60 Billion animals that have their throats cut open every year it is as if there were no animal movement at all. For them it is an “eternal Treblinka.”
Those hung by their legs to painfully bleed out, or rendered unconscious by a bolt shot into their skulls, are the lucky ones. Many are still conscious when their legs are chainsawed off. They gurgle screams through their gaping throats as their skins are ripped from their sides.
All this horror is acceptable to most people as necessary to put meat on their tables.
Most people,of course, know nothing of the slaughter process, and industry goes to great lengths to disabuse them of knowing.
But when the facts are irrefutably presented to someone who then continues to be a meat eater, all pretense of innocent participation in the crimes against animals is dispelled.
And that person, stripped of excuse and unable to feign ignorance, is morally no better than a rapist or a pedophile.
Most animal activists are not vegan. Most are even more culpable than the general public in their crimes against animals, as THEY KNOW what they are doing to innocent life when they eat meat, eggs, or dairy.
We rationalize their crimes because they rescue dogs or cats, they sign a petition or donate to animal causes.
And the fact is that a meat eater who rescues dogs is better than a meat eater who doesn’t.
And a pedophile who doesn’t eat meat is better than a non-pedophile who does.
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