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I visited a Facebook page on which people talked about the cruelty of the shark fin industry, and condemned those committing such atrocities.
Getting angry and shocked over the shark fin industry is completely justified. And so is getting angry over the dog meat trade, puppy mills and dogfights. I, then, made a comment about how, in order to stop the torturing of sharks, we should all look into the mirror and realize that cows, pigs, etc. aren't different at all, yet we are brutally torturing and killing them in slaughterhouses every day. And suddenly people got really angry with me. They were telling me to stop insulting others on the thread, and were in general very defensive, even though I had not made any personal attacks against anyone. Suddenly I had two guys debating against me about how we are supposed to eat meat, and how cows are like, totally different from sharks, because they're domesticated and living in a safe environment, unlike sharks. And other wild animals, such as tigers and rhinos, that we should protect.
Now, my whole point was that we shouldn't judge the Chinese for abusing and killing sharks before at least looking into the mirror and seeing that we are doing exactly the same to the animals here. The shark fin case is not an isolated one: its part of a bigger picture, in which we think we are the kings and queens of everything. And to be honest, we suck at ruling.
This wasn't even the first time I experienced something like this. For so many times, I've heard people saying how they love animals; puppies, bunny rabbits and such, and tell me lambs are cute while eating them. They get angry over animal abuse cases and they love their pet rats. Yet they don't give a rat's bottom about pigs or cows, or they get angry when these "others" are mentioned. I mean, I can also be selective sometimes, and I'm sure no one is perfect. But at least I admit it, and try to fix it.
Has everyone here experienced something like this? And does it make you frustrated? Why do you think people are so selective, and why do you think they get so personally insulted when they are reminded of the fact that they are contributing to the slaughter of sentient beings that are no less important than puppies, sharks and pandas? And how should I deal with people like this?
Yes, I have been through converstions like this... I understand what you are going through. I am vegan now because I have searched for answers and made my own decisions. Less than a decade ago, I used to be one of the stubborn, envious, angry meat eaters.....I had two roommates in a row that were both vegetarians... They didnt try to push me away from eating meat, I just observed and learned. After reading one of my rommies books called, "Skinny bitch" I switched....cold turkey:) pun intended:) dogs, cats, birds.....and then go home to a nice pot roast....It does NOT make sense!!! My niece told me that "there's hunting for a reason".....when I told her it was because man killed off all the natural predators she had nothing to say. so now man goes out with rifles to shoot deer, duck and anything else they can shoot for sport. Listen, Rome was not built in a day. Be proud of the difference you make. Beleive it or not, people are watching you because you are different. Stay positive and kind because kindness and compassion should be the vegans motto. People will follow because it is the true innate nature of us all.
In my case, I'm the only veggie. I never tried to convince my family directly to stop eating meat, because I know that doesn´t work. Instead, I lead by example and they are starting to follow, specially my housband.
The thing is, that knowledge is a great responsability-> eatig meat knowing how these animals are killed is very difficult. So, people choose not to know, it's easier.
I tried to show my family Food INC. and they said, "I just don't want to know". I think that is why people are selective.