Shayla Scheitler – GEOG 360: Week 7

Reading: Eating Animals

This is my second time reading this book. I am a very dedicated vegetarian. I used to be vegan last year, but had to switch back to vegetarianism, solely because of the switch of the food companies at OWU & the extreme lack of vegan options. I’ve been vegetarian for 4 years now. The only reason I did not stop eating meat sooner was because it was ingrained into my head that animals are food and we need to eat them in order to survive. Once I became aware of real facts, it was an easy switch for me.

I could never eat meat again. Every time I look at a piece of meat, I consider it a carcass; a remnant of a living being. There are times in which companies will use meat as a by-product, & will not advertise that, so it’s nearly impossible to avoid meat entirely. For example, when I find out that the fries of a restaurant are cooked in animal fat, I feel truly disgusted. The idea of eating meat repulses me, & I am thankful that I am privileged to be able to have a choice in my diet.

There are very few issues that I feel so strongly about that I’m completely polarized on the matter – this is one of them. I don’t understand how people can know the torture animals endure, the harm on the environment, the unsanitary conditions, & the lack of morality, & still be more than willing to eat a burger.

It just really frustrates me that people blatantly disregard animals as beings that coexist with us. When you ask someone what makes a dog different from a pig, they want to argue that a dog is a pet, & a pig is food. Why is pig a food & not a pet? Pigs don’t live in our houses, they don’t have personalities or interests, they don’t interact with us, etc. This thinking is really frustrating because we have molded modern day animals into the lifeless, uniform bodies we see in a factory farm. We pump hormones into their bodies to make them uniform in shape, make sure they have a uniform diet, & we basically just suck the life out of them & assign their purpose as purely for food. Easily, dogs could be on the same platform as pigs if another route of domestication were taken.

My favorite quote from this book is, “It’s always possible to wake someone from sleep, but no amount of noise will wake someone who is pretending to be asleep.”

It’s pretty common knowledge that America consumes so much more meat than other countries – we consider meat as the main dish, which is very unusual to other countries. We try to ridicule vegans by saying they need milk, when in fact people in other countries who consume far less milk than us are in better statistical standing with bones.

We have the knowledge & power to change, but the challenge is getting people to make the effort to step outside of their comfort zone.

Environmental News

Octopuses were given ecstasy to observe the changes in their social behavior. Humans are very social, while octopuses are very asocial. The effects of ecstasy led the octopuses to be more sociable, interactive, & a significant mood increase. Basically, scientists want to know if properties of ecstasy allowed for the social evolution of humans & other creatures.

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