Eating Animals

So far this has been my favorite book we’ve read in this class. I enjoyed the flow, I found it very easy to read and understand. Some points that stuck out to me were…

  • He talks about how he would go back an forth between being a vegetarian, and even after he married his wife they would say there are vegetarians but still eat meat occasionally whenever they wanted. At this point I don’t think they were vegetarians for the same reasons most people are actually vegetarians. Animals rights doesn’t seem to be the reason why they became vegetarian because they weren’t strict about it. Vegetarians I think stop eating meat not only for the health benefits but mainly for animal rights. So at this point in the book its not clear to me why they decided to become vegetarians at all.
  • On page 17 it’s the end of the grandmother telling her story about trying to survive the war. When a Russian farmer saw her sick and starving he offered her meat. You would think since your on the brink of death that you would eat anything given to you, yet the grandmother didn’t eat the meat because it was pork. She didn’t eat the pork because it  wasn’t kosher. This is pretty extreme. I definitely would’ve ate whatever was given to me even if it was something I disliked just so I could survive. Her reasoning was “If nothing matters, there’s nothing to save.”
  • Johnathan mentions in the chapter George how he hates animals especially dogs. So one day walking down the streets of Brooklyn he sees a black puppy needing to be adopted and someone who is supposed to not be a dog person decides its love at first sight and needs to adopt that puppy. In my opinion I wonder if after having a child some how this unconsciously change his views about dogs.
  • Humane Methods of Slaughter Act- this is pointless if it’s not regulated. Also, there is no such thing as humane slaughter.

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