We can honor animals by showing respect and gratitude for their “sacrifice.”
This is just one of the many excuses meat-eaters will make in justifying their diet. After reading the below excerpt, please click on the link to read an assortment of amazing explanations to this and more “justifications”.
Source Free From Harm
Eating Animals: Addressing Our Most Common Justifications
By Free From Harm Staff Writers
The concept of sacrifice has its roots in the earliest recorded civilizations. And even though we no longer practice the ancient rituals of animal sacrifice (with the exception of traditional societies), many modern day meat-eaters insist on framing the slaughter of farmed animals as a case of animals “sacrificing” their lives for us. The self-congratulatory (and self-exonerating) rhetoric of “honoring” the animals we needlessly brutalize for food continues to paint animals as “giving” us their flesh, milk and eggs, as if bestowing upon us a gift, or as if to suggest milk and eggs just fall from trees like fruit.
Yet animals do not consent to being commodified, or to being engineered to produce milk and eggs at a far higher capacity than their bodies were designed for, or to being forced into captivity and confinement, or to being sexually violated to produce offspring, or to having their offspring taken from them, or to being killed against their will while in their youth. The psychology of sacrifice is based on our need to absolve ourselves from the guilt we feel for harming animals by assigning them a human-like ability to selflessly “gift” us their bodies and their lives. It is a disingenuous gesture.
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to honor with compassion.
to honor with care.
to honor with kindness.
and a heart built to share
Karen Lyons Kalmenson