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Eating animals: Our personal choice?

Eating animals: Our personal choice?

June 30th, 2016

Guest blogger Carl Scott shares his views on eating animals. Carl  is an ex-slaughterhouse worker, comes from a meat-eating, hunting  family and has now become one of the country’s most outspoken animal  rights activists.

Some people say what we eat and other lifestyle choices that involve  harming animals are a ‘personal choice.’ They say things like, “I  respect your choice to be vegan. But you should respect my choice not  to.”

Sorry. I can’t do that. I can respect you as a person. I’ve killed  countless animals in my life, and I’ll be the first to acknowledge that  good people can make bad choices.

But the problem with exploiting animals is that it cannot really be considered a morally acceptable ‘personal choice’ because…

… there is an innocent victim involved!

So while I can respect you, I truly CANNOT respect your choice to harm animals.

In all of the most important ways, the other animals are very much  like us. They are not like plants or inanimate objects. They are  conscious and sentient. They have thoughts and emotions. They have  meaningful and complex social relationships – friendships and family  bonds. They love. They grieve. They remember the past and project into  the future. They problem solve. They have language. They even dream. And  so much more…

Do we consider it a matter of ‘personal choice’ to kill another  creature capable of thinking and feeling? To deny someone their freedom  or autonomy for no good reason? Of course not.

As an ex-slaughterhouse worker, I know it can all seem so necessary. I  had to keep killing those animals – to keep my job, to keep the  business running, and to feed the world. But the truth is, there’s  nothing necessary about it. I stopped eating animals and the world  didn’t end. Once you accept that we don’t actually NEED to eat animal  foods or exploit animals in order to meet any of our other needs, it  changes everything. Then when you also consider that exploiting them  causes unnecessary destruction to the planet and even unnecessary human illnesses, how can it be justified at all, for any reason? It simply can’t.

Carl once spent 30 days in a cage to raise awareness of the suffering of hens.

 

The more you look into the whole thing, the more you realise that in  this day and age, there really is no legitimate excuse for causing harm  to animals. It’s simply a bad habit we got ourselves into a long time  ago, when we didn’t know any better, which unfortunately stuck. But now  the time has come to, collectively, as a society, indeed as a species,  break that habit and create a better future for ourselves and the other  animals we share this planet with.

They really cannot and must not be considered objects, things, or resources for human use or consumption any more.

So… If my telling you that your ‘personal choice’ to harm animals is unacceptable bothers you, then sorry, but tough luck.

I know that no-one likes to be told what to do. I don’t myself. But  someone has to speak up on behalf of the animals, because we know what  they would say if they could speak to us. And for better or worse, I  have become one of the voices speaking on their behalf.

The animal rights movement is not going away. There are more and more  of us all the time, taking the side of the animals. So if you’re not  vegan already, now is a good time to start thinking about it.

Why not take SAFE’s 30-Day Go Veg challenge?

You’ll be amazed by how easy it is.

Carl Scott,

Independent Activist

 

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