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7. “Food manufacturers now spend nearly twice as much money on advertising their [breakfast] cereals as they do on the ingredients that go into them.”
– 9 Surprising Facts About Junk Food, Mother Jones
It’s Perfectly OK to Kill Cats
I believe it is perfectly OK to kill cats. I really do. I am convinced that anyone who sees a cat walking by and then kills it is not doing anything even slightly immoral. If it’s done painlessly, better, but it doesn’t make someone any more immoral for doing it painfully. I myself have sometimes enjoyed throwing a cat strongly against a wall over and over until after thirty long minutes of agony, it draws its last breath. There is no particular reason for this belief of mine – I think they’re ugly and make a street look aesthetically less pleasing – but besides that I just tend to think that there is no problem killing them.
Appalled yet? Feeling a bit disgusted with what a horrible human being I am? Perhaps some of you have skipped a couple of lines of that first paragraph to see if this article would get any better (or worse). I find it interesting that whenever I discuss this moral belief of mine – that there is nothing wrong with killing cats – people tend to become heated and angry. I’ve been doing it my whole life, as has my father, and his father before him. It’s perfectly natural for me that killing cats is fine. I don’t understand what all these people want from me; why do they care so much that I like to tear a cat to pieces with my bare hands? Sometimes I find people extremely judgmental. To each his own, I say.
Now enough of this madness. I’m sure you didn’t actually believe any of what I just said, although perhaps the visual imagery of me breaking a cat’s bones one at a time until it was fully paralyzed and then leaving it in a garbage can, still conscious, to slowly suffocate will have disgusted you. I don’t believe that killing cats is OK, under any circumstance whatsoever, unless, of course, that cat is somehow endangering your life. And most of you reading this will think that I am perfectly normal for believing that killing cats is morally wrong, as you will agree with me that killing an innocent dog is morally wrong, and slaughtering a family of innocent hamsters is also morally wrong. But I’m sure that many of you will also find me completely insane, will find me a true radical, when I suggest that killing a cow, or a pig, is just as immoral.
Not at first of course. If I were to suggest that whenever I see a cow in a field I like to slit its throat and let it slowly bleed to death over a long drawn out period of time, you would probably still call me immoral (although I’m sure that you’re becoming increasingly suspicious as to the direction I’m headed, and are starting to erect your moral defenses). But if I were to take it a step further, and say that it is immoral for someone to slaughter a completely innocent cow in a slaughterhouse, there you will disagree with me completely. But your disagreeing with me is betraying a great hypocrisy in your moral beliefs. Because why is it always wrong for me to randomly kill a cat, but not wrong for an animal to be murdered and it’s corpse eaten for dinner?
The first thing people tend to reply to this accusation that they are being hypocritical is that cows are being slaughtered for a reason: so that we can eat them. The cat, on the other hand, is being killed completely gratuitously. But it is not so. Let’s examine the reasons for the two killings. The cow is being killed so that people may eat its carcass as a nice juicy steak. Do humans, at this point in the evolution of our species, need to consume meat in order to survive? The answer is no – we don’t. We can survive in perfect health without consuming any meat, and to those who argue otherwise, I urge you to take up the matter with all the thousands of vegetarians and vegans from birth who are somehow still alive and in perfect health. I will not go into the health benefits of no longer eating meat; I’ll leave some links at the bottom of the article for those of you who are interested.
Having established that we do not require meat in our diet, the reason for eating the cow becomes simply that it tastes good. We don’t need it to survive, so it really comes down to a question of taste. For most of us, it is perfectly fine to kill a cow if it tastes good. Of course, no one admits this to themselves, but that, in essence, is what’s happening. There are people that say we eat meat because it is natural. If you want to become a hunter-gatherer, in which case it is indeed natural to eat meat, be my guest. But in the societies in which we live in today, the way in which we eat meat is completely unnatural. Having someone else kill a poor animal that has lived in confinement its entire life, then transporting its dead body across vast distances until I it finally arrives to your home packaged in such a way as to look as little as possible as ever having once been alive is the furthest from natural you can possibly get. To quote one of my favourite Youtubers, if you want to do something natural, go shit in the woods.
So you see, me killing the cat and you ordering the killing of a cow (indeed, you buying meat is placing a direct order for the killing of another cow) is not so different after all. You had the cow killed because of taste, as did I. I thought cats looked ugly, and thus they were not to my taste. I didn’t think they made for pleasant scenery.
Now I know a lot of you will probably admit to the moral inconsistency – and then just reshuffle your values to accommodate this new fact. Or you will say things like, “I completely agree, and I respect your decision, but there is no way that I could possiblyever stop eating meat”. Bullshit. Not three months ago, I would out-burger anyone who ever went to McDonalds with me. I once won two free Big Macs from one of my friends because I bet him that I could plough through those two more Big Macs after having just devoured four cheeseburgers and two large fries. I loved burgers. I loved meat. When I first moved to university, I went through twenty-one home-made hamburgers in less than two weeks. But, I realized that while I was calling it meat, the word meat is a direct synonym of dead, murdered cow. A synonym for an animal that was killed for no reason at all, other than my personal taste and comfort. After having recognized that simple fact, it became harder for me to continue eating meat than to stop.
You can laugh, you can call this a stretch, and you can call me a crazy radical. But I am sure that if you think about it long enough, you yourself will realize that there is absolutely no difference between the random killing of an innocent cat on the street and the random killing of a cow in a factory farm. In fact, what you’re doing is probably worse: because while the cat at least had the chance to live its life as it pleased, the cow you have killed has lived in confinement for the whole of its miserable existence. For all of you out there that say you love animals, especially for all of you who detest hunting, for all of you who raise indignant cries against animal abuse: think about the fact that the meat you eat was once an animal too.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FOOD INDUSTRY, AND WHY IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO MORALLY JUSTIFY THE EATING OF ANIMALS.
Academy Award Nominee for the Best Documentary Feature, this documentary talks about the growing need for reform of the food industry.
From Farm to Fridge
This powerful, 11 minute film takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation’s largest industrial farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants — revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge.
A glimpse into how animals are really treated behind the closed walls of factory farms, as well as other instances in which animals are treated abominably.
A Speech by Gary Yourofsky
A long speech by Gary Yourofsky, animal activist, that completely destroys every possible excuse not only for not being vegetarian, but also for not being vegan.
by Julian Modiano
If you don't have an allergy don't fucking say you have an allergy
let me tell you what happens when you say you have an allergy
1. the entire kitchen collectively panics
2. the entire kitchen collectively groans
3. production of food on the station you ordered from COMPLETELY STOPS
4. NO IM SERIOUS, EVERYONE LITERALLY THROWS DOWN WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND IT STOPS
5. (have you ever worked in a food establishment during a rush? trust me. you dont want anything to ever STOP)
6. someone (usually a manager) runs around the kitchen like a crazy person to collect non-contaminated ingredients
7. the non-contaminated ingredients now have to be prepped and processed in a non-contaminated area
(hint: there is no non-contaminated area. so now the person making the meal who inevitably forgot this fact, pauses to decontaminate an area to work in)
8. your food is cooked, held and passed off like a hot potato as quickly as possible because nobody wants to be the one responsible for your death if it got hit by an errant nut or dust of flour
9. normal production resumes at a ridiculously harried pace because now everyone is playing catch up
If you have an allergy, no harm done. It’s not your fault you can’t eat nuts or shellfish or gluten and we understand this and we will be pleasant and accommodating.
But if you’re that person who says “allergic” instead of “don’t like” then we usually just want to shove you in the broiler because we hate you.
Just say “no onions” and you won’t get fucking onions. Everyone seems to tell eachother “say allergic and they’ll care more about your food.” Well no shit. I don’t think “care” is quite the word but now you’ve convinced us that we will KILL you if you get this food. If you do get onions on accident then somebody fucked up, we’re sorry, tell us it’s not what you ordered and we’ll make it again.
We’d rather make your meal a second time then stop production for fifteen other meals, just because you want to feel special.
NOTE: I can always tell when you don’t actually have an allergy because you’ll come to me in the middle of your food being made to complain that it’s taking too long. People who actually have the allergy already know their food will take extra time.
“The film posits a humane sort of animal farming as a solution to these problems. Using Polyface farms (familiar to those of you who have read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilema) as the paragon of good farming, the filmmakers make a case that animals can be farmed in a healthy fashion that is good for us and for them. But, they leave out many facts about even this farm. While they are able to slaughter chickens on the farm (a process which is also not pretty and certainly not “nice” for the chickens who get inverted and their necks cut open), they do not slaughter the pigs, cattle, or rabbits on the farm. They have to go to a slaughterhouse just like any other farm. The animals are still transported and killed just the same way as their cousins on industrial farms. There is no such thing as “humane” slaughter.”—from Liberation BC blog: What wasn’t good about the movie Food Inc?
So... GMO's Still don't have to be labelled...
I am so sad that Prop 37 didn’t pass in California. Monsanto, Hershey et al. contributed $44 million dollars toward a campaign to ensure genetically modified foods don’t have to be labeled. What are they trying to hide? If GMO’s aren’t bad news then what’s the $44 million dollar big deal? Why are companies responsible for GMOs fighting full disclosure on food labeling? Today, as consumers, I feel like we lost out big time. The good news is supporters of prop 37, who want to know what they are eating, and had a hell of a lot less funding for their campaign (see: $7.3 million) were able to collect 47% of the vote. Be scared monsanto, be very scared.
So, What can we do?
Be an intelligent & informed food shoppers: Here is a link to a Non-GMO Shopper’s Guide
Keep this issue in the forefront: Read all sorts of news, be open to conspiracy theories (or not), write about it, blog about it…try not to let the issue of GMO food labeling fade away now that the election is over.
Diet Soda Deception
According to a recent Huffington Post article highlighting new research on the food industry, diet sodas - which millions turn to in order to cut their calorie intake - can actually be worsefor your body than regularly sweetened sodas.
A study of over 66,000 women during 14 years, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that diet soda drinkers are more likely to be overweight and that these diet sodas raised their risk for Type 2 Diabetes more than if they drank regular soda.
Here’s some of the science on why -
- Artificial sweeteners fool your body into thinking there is sugar on the way.
- Once there is no sugar, your body becomes confused and will both store fat and crave more sugar.
- Artificial sweeteners can be thousands of times more sweet than sugar - making them more addicting as well.
The food industry is deceptively creative with things like diet sodas. For more information on diet sodas as well as other processed food secrets, check out the article here and in the mean time, remember - all natural fruit juice is the best drink to have if you or your kids are looking for some liquid fuel.