I live near Seattle Washington, and this Saturday I attended Vegfest, a vegan/vegetarian event in Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall.
While I am not a vegetarian (yet; one of these days I want to make the leap), it was fun to try all the samples and learn about different recipes. It also got me thinking about the meat paradox.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, very little of what humans do makes any sort of logical sense. We make dumb, illogical decisions in love, economics, education, and pretty much everything. Today, though, I want to bring up a specific example of human illogic, one that results in a lot of suffering. Meat eating.
The paradox is distressingly simple. We love some animals- dogs, cats, parrots, and goldfish for examples, and yet other animals, we kill for food. Cows, pigs, and chickens, we slaughter by the billions, while we treat dogs like part of the family.
Why? We don’t need to eat animals- if we did, vegetarians would all starve to death. We, unlike carnivores, have a choice of whether we eat meat or not. (This point is also sometimes called the Omnivore’s Dilemma).
Are any of you vegetarian? And for those that aren’t, how do you resolve this paradox?