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Meat is meat, right?

September 10, 2013
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If the sight of human animal meat shocks you, then so should the sight of non-human animal meat shock you. All animals are sentient, human and non-. Please consider that non-human animals feel pain, experience suffering and love, and want to live, just like human animals. The only difference is a human-constructed definition.

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cow: i am not a steak
my baby is not a veal.
we want to live
that is what is real.
aquatic life: i am of skin and scales
i am not a fillet.
so fishermen and fish eaters
go away.
birds:we are of wings, and feathers
we want to fly,
for your meals we do
not want to die.

so think how it would be if this were you,
and you found yourself a choice
on a spaceman’s menu!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


21 Comments leave one →
  1. mark gil permalink
    September 10, 2013 10:11 am

    “Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

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    • September 10, 2013 1:09 pm

      Wonderful contribution as always, Mark, thank you. I wish people would learn to view others as they would themselves. In a meat-eating life, there is little empathy. And I frankly find cannibalism more palatable then eating non-human animals, at least that would not be hypocritical.

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      • mark gil permalink
        September 10, 2013 1:40 pm

        it really is that simple Stacey-imagine a world in which everyone treated others how they themselves wish to be treated. all the false justifications ridiculous arguments and blatant lies quickly disappear when one is a victim of violence instead of being a perpetrator. as Gautama Buddha so beautifully stated:
        “All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?”

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        • September 10, 2013 4:12 pm

          That is a brilliant one, I greatly wish people would understand it applies to more than just “humans”. Thanks.

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  2. September 10, 2013 11:51 am

    Thanks Stacey for PETA’S Vegan Shopping Guide. I placed a link on the widget bar on Chef’s Compass.

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  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 10, 2013 12:18 pm

    cow: i am not a steak
    my baby is not a veal.
    we want to live
    that is what is real.
    aquatic life: i am of skin and scales
    i am not a fillet.
    so fishermen and fish eaters
    go away.
    birds:we are of wings, and feathers
    we want to fly,
    for your meals we do
    not want to die.

    so think how it would be if this were you,
    and you found yourself a choice
    on a spaceman’s menu!

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    • September 10, 2013 1:32 pm

      So perfect, thank you, love.

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      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        September 10, 2013 1:34 pm

        you are so very welcome, and thank you.

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    • mark gil permalink
      September 10, 2013 1:50 pm

      wonderful poem Karen-thanks so much for sharing. it is just so very sad that what is considered inalienable for humans has to be stated over and over when it comes to other species.

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  4. September 10, 2013 3:39 pm

    Powerful visuals girlfriend! I had trouble looking at them. Of course, I have trouble looking at all meat these days despite the fact that I used to eat cows and chickens. How did I have such a change of heart? And more importantly, how come more people don’t? Celeste 🙂

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    • September 10, 2013 4:15 pm

      I don’t know, hon, perhaps, and most likely, you have been a compassionate person your whole life and came to realize how that should extend to all animals, not just human animals. I have been a compassionate person all my life, I’ve loved all ever since I can earliest remember. I just didn’t apply it to food animals until I was older. 😦 I’m making up for it as best as I can. 🙂 Thank you for being you.

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    • September 10, 2013 4:21 pm

      Oh, and as for your other question, good question, I am still trying to figure that out. People have to KNOW that the animal is being killed for them, but social justice doesn’t extend to those types of beings. It’s ingrained into our social network that it is okay, permissable to kill animals for all facets of human existances. Even religion, which greatly disappoints me for the most part in a western culture, excuses killing animals. After all, how many hunting preachers are out there? A LOT. One needs to be awakened, so to speak. I consider activists as two sorts: emotional and logical. I’m emotional, and then there are those who are logical: it’s just pure logic to extend rights equally amongst all. Somehow that thought as to occur. That’s why I share videos so much. As hideous as they are, they can bring about a change by what they show as the truth (versus what people believe to be the truth).

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      • September 10, 2013 4:43 pm

        I’ve been thinking a lot about how my eyes were opened to how our society treats animals. The game-changer for me was watching the movie Vegucated. My husband and I both became ethical vegans after watching it. I keep thinking that if only everyone watched that movie, that lots more people would awaken to animal compassion. I recently had a thought about how I can get lots of people to watch the movie. I’ll be posting about it soon! I’m curious to see what you think of my crazy idea. Celeste 🙂

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  5. September 11, 2013 2:46 am

    Sometimes I think taht vegetarian are more disgusting then animals. It’s not about hiw we treat animails it’s about – eat vegetables! You ‘re human! and be like a human so kill other people, hurt them, destroy all things you met on the way! but more important is to eat vegetables.

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  6. September 13, 2013 5:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Well said.

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