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are there many vegetarians working at shelters?
its kinda like vets who are not vegetarian, they spend so many years trying to help animals- just to go home and eat one, just strange!
I think most meat eaters don't see pets and other animals the same way. I know a lot of people who volunteer at animal shelters and they eat meat, they are seriously dedicated to helping cats, dogs, etc but don't really give a damn about other animals. I once asked one of those if they would eat a pet, and they told me "no", but when I asked "Then why do you eat cows, for example" I got the answer "Cows aren't like pets, they don't have a family nor do they bond with others".
I can't say this is the reason why everyone who does that does that, but in my opinion it might be mainly because people lack information about these beautiful animals.
you are exactly right- i was not always a vegetarian, its was like living with blinders on till i was educated about the food industry. people are raised on eating animals, holiday celebrations are tied into what kind of meat is made. Furthermore, when you go to the grocery store you dont hear cries, see slaughter, blood...etc. it is so formal, many city children have never seen a cow- so they cannot humanize the matter.
True! Me neither, and when I learned about the food industry I realised how "blind" we are actually are/were.
Actually, there was once a study that shocked me, because it showed most of teenagers in a part of my country actually believe milk and meat are things that are created in the supermarket. It's a shame how little people know about this...
"With blinders on"- I agree :) I too was a meat eater, it's so funny when you finally make that connection and you're like, "What was I thinking?!" Because we're brainwashed to view our food sources as objects, not beings with souls. We're told they're stupid, they're dirty, we need meat to live, etc. And because most people are raised eating meat, it's not something many tend to question.
That's it - we see them as objects. I hear a lot of people tell me (unfortunately...) "Why don't you eat animals, they were put in this World for usto eat them! They have no other reason to be here"...And now I find it incredible how with time we were able to become people who trust this lie without even thinking twice...
:( I agree! How arrogant is that? To suggest other animals were put here to be slaughtered, for them.. the world does not revolve around the human race, as much as we'd like to think differently. And if they suggest a Divine sort of meaning, like God gave us animals to eat, I question why God made our food feel pain, and fear? What kind of sadist would do that?
True. :( But then again, I think this can be solved when you show them the true. My father is very religious and he used to think like that (God gave us animals to eat) and used to tell me that all the time. Once I had a serious talk with him about how cows and other animals have their own families, about how much they suffer...he never told me that again. Now he even says he understands why I don't eat meat. Since we were kids we are taught things that are offered us not as "food for thought" but as facts, and facts aren't meant to be questioned. We have to be patient with others :)
I always hold that same hope, Joana :) That if they could see the damage, and be connected with these animals, they would most certainly alter their opinions. I am very happy to hear that you father understood your choice in the end, great people are willing to take other views into account, and hold an open mind about something different. Patience indeed :) Worth it when a loved one comes around.
I guess that's exactly how it is. There is strange how people can say a "fact" about an animal without even caring to know the true. Of course a cow does not have a family - the meat industry takes the family away! But they do not see that connection at all.