Let’s talk about something close to my heart. Meat! I love meat. N loves meat. We are big fans of surf & turf and even turf & turf! Culturally, meat is a huge part of my life. I grew up with a father from Argentina and a mother from Uruguay. Both countries place a lot of importance around food, primarily fresh farm meat. Variety is good, but most commonly, and importantly, we eat a lot of beef.
I feel very strongly about humans eating meat. This isn’t just because I love the taste and couldn’t imagine life without it. There is plenty of research out there proving that humans are better off eating meat. There are protein substitutes that will get you by, but they almost always fall short when compared to eating actual meat. Now, I will allow that a very select collection of humans may do better without meat in their diets. But this is a small group of people when compared to the 7.4 billion people living on this earth.
What sparked this topic? Harambe the gorilla. I saw this stupid vegan post.
So, the death of Harambe upset me. Not because I think it was necessarily the wrong call. I can understand that perhaps the child COULD have been in danger had the 700 pound gorilla decided to do something violent. It was a really tough decision, and not necessarily the route I would have gone, but I can understand it. Poor gorilla was just taking care of the frighten child. UNLIKE HIS FUCKIN’ MOTHER. I’m pretty pleased with how much this situation has blown up, because that stupid woman has to go home every night, knowing that she actually allowed her small child to climb through a zoo enclosure, fall into a moat and get taken by a gorilla. Parenting award of the year right here. Fuckin’. Idiot.
I have many reasons for not wanting to reproduce, mostly selfish, but, the handful of people I meet that agree with me are the ones that would make excellent parents. I’d be a damn good mama and if some kid has the privilege to be my child one day, it’s gonna be well looked after, and not be falling into any zoo enclosures. You can count on that. Unfortunately, though, a huge percentage of the ones reproducing are the ones that should have their genitalia removed. Like this mother.
Anyway, back on topic. We’ll talk about bad parenting and children some other day. Today I want to talk about meat. Meat and vegans. I found this lovely article that has a very neutral stance on meat-eater vs vegan. I appreciated this article. It was informative, and suggested simple ways to feel better about your human needs. However, most articles about Harambe and how upset people are about the gorilla and not about the meat industry take less than intelligent approaches, as most anti-meat campaigns do.
We need meat. We need dairy. Check out some studies on why children need dairy. Check out some research on the negative effects of being vegan while pregnant. I’ve even seen the results of vegan pregnancies. Want to talk about delayed development?
How about nature. We’re literally the top of the food chain in the world. No creature is more populous and higher on the food chain. We shouldn’t feel bad for eating lesser creatures. If you get lost in the Alaskan wilderness and a 16 foot grizzly eats you, well, tough shit buddy, you’re in his world and he’s the top of the food chain now. You’re nothing more than tonight’s meal to him. So why can’t the steak on my plate be that for me? Because I didn’t go out and catch it myself?
Fine, now I went hunting and shot a doe. What about Bambi? Are you upset about Bambi now? Or I’m a farmer and raise my own beef cattle on my small Vermont ranch and I keep some of my own beef for myself. Is that wrong? How about, I live in New York City where I can’t shoot my own food, or grow it on my balcony. I also can’t even grow a vegetable garden that will feed me for the year. Or get me through the winter.
Our New Yorker needs imported veggies and vegan products. Now let’s make all 8.5 million New Yorkers vegan. Want to do some research on the negative effects of extreme agriculture in the United States? How about all the chemicals being used to maintain and produce that much food. Those broiler chickens have been bred to be so large in size that by the end of their lives, their joints can no longer hold them up. Do you think the eggplant that is now 4 times the size it was when the testing started is safer for you to eat? Mmmm, might want to think that one over.
I don’t agree with HOW the meat industry treats it’s animals. I DO believe their needs to be more legislation regarding the treatment and maintenance of these creatures. This, however, will take time, and I’m not going to force myself to go through a weakened nutritional state to boycott it.
Oh, and let’s talk about how almost no one gets to 30 now-a-days without some sort of bodily issue. Or how there are more children than ever recorded with ridiculous allergies. Did you ever stop and think about how maybe that’s because of all the limitations placed on normal diets?
Let’s leave off with this. Meet Maria. She and her husband wanted to prove that vegans could do anything. That they were not weaker. That they could overcome any physical obstacle just as anyone else could. Unfortunately, though, they were among the handful of people who perished on Mt Everest. I applaud their efforts. Everest is on my bucket list. I hope to one day make the summit and return home to my loved ones. However, I will be taking on said feat when I’ve achieved the peak of my health and fitness. And I will be eating meat.
RIP Harambe, Maria, and the other souls left on Everest.
PS I am an animal-lover. The kind of person who is more upset over animal deaths in movies than people. Everything is a puppy. Every bird, bear and cow I encounter is wonderful to me. I don’t hate animals, but I also don’t have a problem eating them. My cat, if I were to let her go outside, would eat small creatures and I wouldn’t love her any less for doing so.