There are good and bad aspects about the slaughtering of the goat addressed in last week’s paper. The bad ones are particularly obvious in the age of Birkenstock-wearing vegans and PETA junkies. We all know the argument – killing animals is wrong. Animals are people too. Well, not really, but you get the picture. However, I’m not quite willing to write it off as all bad. There’s something to be said for the people who are meat eaters and actually kill their own meat. Yes it may seem horrible and it certainly is, but when you can just go to Mickey D’s and order a quarter-pounder with cheese, you are all so inclined to believe that what you are eating was never alive. It’s just really tasty, juicy . . . food product. The farther the distance between us and the animal’s lives we are, the more we remove what we are eating from the actual animal it came from. In this sense, the goat-slaughterers are commendable. However, I’m not convinced they did this to get in touch with the actuality of killing what you eat. There is the ever-disturbing possibility in the back of my mind that the goat was killed just for the sheer purpose of killing an animal, and the power and thrill that comes with it. If that is the motive, these are a despicable group of human beings. However, I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt, and say that they are being commendably in touch with the implications of their eating habits. After all, if you eat meat, you are no better than the goat-slaughterers just because it’s not actually you who does the killing. If anything, you’re just deceiving yourself. I ask you, if we didn’t live in the bite-sized, microwavable, instant gratification age of commercial products, would you be able to kill the animals you want to eat?
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