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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Greg on Politics(12): Animal Rights Comment
    Gregory Morris, 6/15/07 1:03:58 pm
    First of all, animals taste good. Second, God intended us to eat animals, otherwise they wouldn't be so tasty. Third, we need animal protein to be healthy, and our body tells us that by causing animals to taste good. Fourth, animals taste good.

    Given that, let me go a step further. Nothing is as tasty as a freshly killed critter. Mass-produced meat is less healthy, less tasty, and worse for the environment. When I pull a fish out of the water, fillet it, cook it and eat it, all within an hour of the initial harvest, that's some good eats. I prefer to know precisely what I am eating, so I try to stay away from anything too processed. If I can't tell what it is, or where it came from, I'm generally not going to be all that fond of it. I have a feeling me and Uncle Ted would get along just swell. Actually, I eat plenty of mass-produced meat, but I do jump on the chance to have it fresh.

    To the left-est, tree-hugging-est, patchouli-wearing-est PETA fucktard hippies out there, this seems cruel. Well, they can keep their incorrect opinion, so long as they don't get between me and my meat. And for the record, I never have, nor will I ever advocate being cruel to animals. The fact of the matter is, PETA kills more animals than they help. Their wacko terrorist buddies the Animal Liberation Front are famous for letting privately owned domestic and laboratory animals go into the wild, where they face a miserable slow death via starvation. Sorry dudes, "Live Free or Die" is a human sentiment. Most of these animals would prefer "Live in a warm cage and be fed."

    So, by now you can tell I'm not particular concerned with the so-called "rights" of animals (especially when they are made to supersede ours.) I don't like cruelty to animals any more than I like cruelty to people, but it is not, as PETA would have you believe, the same thing. The "E" in PETA stands for "Ethical"... they don't want Ethical treatment, they want Equal-to-human treatment. Still, there are other reasons not to like the Animal Rights crowd... more important than my general dislike for dirty, sign-waving, media whores, is my dislike for anyone who attempts, and/or succeeds in taking away my rights. A specific example: Chicago recently banned restaurants from serving Foie Gras. I'm sorry folks, but consumer freedom is important, and freedom in general even more so. This law has nothing to do with food safety, nothing to do with taxation... nothing to do with anything except appeasing some hairy freaks. It is clearly unconstitutional, and the fact that nobody has sued the city is beyond me.

    Next issue: Fur. There are two kinds of real fur on the market: farm-raised fur and "wild" fur. People breed animals, kill them, and make their fur into coats. That's fine. You produced the animals, you have the right to do what you want with your property. Then there is wild fur. I'm not a huge fan, but I still firmly believe it should be legal as long as it does not endanger the existence of a species (seals, beavers, minks, you name it.) On the other hand, I am entirely OK with people hunting for food, and using the hide or fur of their kills... in fact, I think that is only responsible. Now, the reason people don't like fur is because they've seen the propaganda videos of people clubbing cute fuzzy little baby seals. Awwwww. Frankly I don't like the commercial wholesale seal-hunts, because they are kinda wasteful. But if you want to go up to Alaska, whack yourself a baby seal, skin it, eat it, and wear it's fur home with you, I'll support you 100%.

    On the topic of whaling, I am convinced that the folks at Greenpeace have fully given up any semblance of reason or sanity. At one time, the global whale population for certain species was dangerously low. Some species almost went extinct. For that reason, the anti-whaling lobby did a good thing in acquiring protection for them. Now, however, they complain that Inuits are still allowed to hunt whales. (For food! They eat them!) More so, they mercilessly harass lawful whaling ships who are hunting only species that are plentiful. To me this is madness. It is no longer about conservation of a majestic species, it is about denying people the freedom to choose what they eat (or make cosmetics out of, or whatever.)

    Finally, testing pharmaceuticals and cosmetics on animals... Once again, I'm against cruelty to animals in general. A lot of products can be made without testing on animals. This has become a selling point for many products because the free market made it so. (I bet that example just infuriates the all socialist peace-love-and-granola hippies.) However, there are some medical advances that we could not have made (and future ones that we would be unable to make) without using animals for testing. Humans are more important that rats that have been bred and raised specifically for laboratory testing. Human safety is worth a few dead rats and monkeys. Anyone who says otherwise is a nut.

    FYI, I have vegetarian and vegan friends. They don't complain when I eat meat, and I don't complain when they eat grass (or whatever.) When I poke fun at hippies, keep in mind that I am directing it at the activists who intend to change how I act, instead of just living their lives and leaving my choices to me.

    Just for fun:
  • Vegetarian is an Native American word for "Lousy Hunter".
  • Vegetables are what food eats.
  • So a baby seal walks into a club...
  • People Eating Tasty Animals

    Note: this is not meant to be scholarly work. This is simply my opinion. If I use someone else's ideas, I try to credit them where appropriate. I also reserve the right to change my opinion when provided with better information, as any half-intelligent person should do.

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    Re: Greg on Politics(12): Animal Rights
    Gregory Morris, 6/15/07 1:27:36 pm
    Oh yeah, I forgot... "If we weren't meant to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?"
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