This is so frequently uttered triumphantly by those seeking to justify their eating habits. How could we ever have become thus; a species that claims exoneration for victimising the vulnerable with a declaration that as this was always their intent, the brutality they commit against their victims is somehow beyond criticism? And yet the phrase is brandished smugly, as if it confers some magical pass from the normal requirement to examine the choices each one of us makes in life, against the values that we claim to stand for.
Most will claim to believe that torture, enslavement, violation, the breaking up of families, the abduction of children and murder are unacceptable practices when done to humans. Why then should we think for a moment that some phrase produced out of the magic hat of the childlike excuses we use to justify our every atrocity, do we wilfully refuse to acknowledge that the beings we are needlessly harming are sentient? This quality means they are aware, they have interests, they have needs and preferences. They share bonds with their family and friends. With a full range of well expressed emotions, they seek to avoid pain and suffering and they make it absolutely clear that they do not want to die. They are, in fact, like us in every way except species and as such deserve our respect.
We need to think again about the phrase ‘bred for eating’ because it is utterly without substance. It is like the call of ‘safe’ in the playground games we used to play. It is bound up in assumptions of superiority, entitlement, necessity and the ownership of individuals other than our selves, none of which stand moral scrutiny.
It is not ‘how’ we treat others that is the problem. The problem is the fact that we use them at all, that we unjustly assume a right to take from them everything they have, for something we don’t even need. And we do this simply because we can, because we have been raised not to question, not to challenge, not to ask ourselves why we imagine for even a fleeting moment that our own most trivial whim is worth the precious life of another.
Reject the bloodbath by being vegan and sharing the vegan message.