Meat my Conscience.

Frivolous

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I weighed it up. An innocent life in one, my stomach in the other. It wasn’t a difficult choice; I chose the cow for conscious was cheap, and beef was delicious.

“I only want the leanest of cuts. No fat.”

The chef nodded at me. He held a cleaver in one hand and led the cow with the other. It smelt of dung, and the tail whipped the flies about.

What excellent service! If only Europeans could prove the freshness of their produce and prove you were eating beef – not horse, not camel, blasted meat pies.

 “Sir, you can rest assured that the steak won’t be coming from the fore-legs,” the chef indicated where he’d make the cut. “After we remove them, the cow will tilt like so. It will then be one hundred percent lean beef.”

I clapped and thanked him profusely; the chef in turn smiled and took the livestock around the back.

It let off a friendly moo, “There there,” I patted it as it went. Its fur pulled away in a velvet soft, and the cow limped with a sore hoof, “Soon you won’t have to think anymore.”

I would enjoy my portion of debilitating an animal from its misery.

My parents had instilled in me early the importance of animal welfare.

It was essential for nutrition, and I would enjoy the sweetness of its flesh greatly.

It took me a while to think of an idea that was suitably frivolous. My humour here was particularly lame, like the cow…haha. 

More to the point, I decided to write about the true story of my stance on eating meat. As most of us know, meat is delicious, however, it is biologically inefficient.

According to PETA

“It takes an enormous amount of water to grow crops for animals to eat, clean filthy factory farms, and give animals water to drink. A single cow used for milk can drink up to 50 gallons of water per day—or twice that amount in hot weather—and it takes 683 gallons of water to produce just 1 gallon of milk. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef, while producing 1 pound of tofu only requires 244 gallons of water. By going vegan, one person can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.”[1]

Now I’m not going to harp on everyone and be a hypocrite, but it’s worth thinking about for its environmental benefits. To be honest, even though I agree with the above points I state, I am inconsistent in my resolve. 

I’m fairly sure I want to do my little bit for the environment – and it won’t be easy to reduce my voracious appetite, but I’m sure you can all show your support below. 

What do you all say; one comment, one less bite?

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9 thoughts on “Meat my Conscience.

  1. So, what PETA is saying is that we should deny the cows the right to live at all (because we would be raising fewer cows, right?) in order not to eat them. That makes no sense to me.

    I mean, the price of living is dying. Period. Everything that is born starts to die the moment it takes a breath. The only question is when and how. The cow on my plate is no less dead than if a wolf killed it and ate it. It also begins to use resources the moment it takes that first breath. So again, the cow on my plate used up no fewer resources than if it had lived a nice long life and died of old age.

    I feel no guilt over eating meat. PETA’s stance on being vegan never made sense to me, and never will.

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    1. I am not saying go vegan, and I don’t really agree with PETA altogether. I was referencing the organisation due to their statistics, the cost benefit-ratio of eating meat.
      From an environmental stand point, one of the largest industries responsible for climate change is actually the livestock industry, and it’s an industry that can certainly afford to reer less stock and treat better those in their care.
      I would like to qualify, I’m not an animal rights activist. That I come from the perspective of a philosophy minor, where it raises moral concerns.

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      1. That’s okay! I completely understand, they’re a very contentious organisation and to top it off, very unrepentant and dismissive of other people’s concerns.

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  2. I would never be able to stop eating meat, I’ve tried limiting my meat intake but even with iron and protein supplements and increasing my peanut intake, it was causing me to black out. I’m very badly anemic, to the point when I was pregnant with my second child my doctor said I HAD to eat meat on top of my supplements or else he would have me hospitalized.

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    1. Oh wow 😐
      That’s sad. I’m lucky I’m not vitamin deficient, and although I write a piece like this, I think I eat a larger portion of veggies every day than meat.
      I didn’t realise that supplements couldn’t cover everything. Sorry 😦

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      1. It is okay, most people who don’t have deficiencies don’t really think about it, and those who can live off better sized portions of veggies instead of meats are lucky. Though, admittedly, I love myself a big heaping pot of brussels sprouts to myself haha too bad it isn’t rich in iron! LOL

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