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Gavin
• 02.14.08 09:59 am

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AN ANIMAL’S PLACE by MICHAEL POLLAN
Animals can be cruel. A wolf will slaughter an entire flock of sheep by opening their necks just to show her cubs how to kill. The pack will then walk away while the flock bleeds to death. If we stopped eating cows tomorrow they would quickly be eaten into extinction with horrific deaths that would start with the predator ripping open their udders and drinking the milk.

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AN ANIMAL’S PLACE by MICHAEL POLLAN
Animals can be cruel. A wolf will slaughter an entire flock of sheep by opening their necks just to show her cubs how to kill. The pack will then walk away while the flock bleeds to death. If we stopped eating cows tomorrow they would quickly be eaten into extinction with horrific deaths that would start with the predator ripping open their udders and drinking the milk. So what’s so despicable about letting one mill around your farm her whole life and then eating her before she dies of old age?
I was a vegetarian for 15 years and this article was the errant thread that unraveled the whole sweater. In this 8,736 word head-scratcher, Pollan proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the most beneficial relationship for man and beast is for man to eat beast, ethically. It’s easy for a vegetarian to shit on mass-produced meat and the way animals are processed on factory farms but Pollan’s case for a third option, eating meat from organic farms that treat their animals well, is difficult to refute.
PULL QUOTE: “The grain that the vegan eats is harvested with a combine that shreds field mice, while the farmer’s tractor crushes woodchucks in their burrows, and his pesticides drop songbirds from the sky.


Comments
  1. ebeth says:

    Difficult to refute? ….Nope! Not really! Eating cows that were massaged by children, and subsisted on bottled water and pan-friend tilapia might be a great ethical sigh of relief to people that congratulate themselves by shopping exclusively at Whole Foods. But what about the other 99% of people in the world?
    As for agricultural practices harming field mice and woodchucks- what a blast from the past! I haven’t heard these arguments since 4th grade when kids would try to make me cry for the bugs & worms that were no doubt sacrificed for my meat-free sandwiches. To posit this theory is as insulting as it is useless. Ever the pushover, it nevertheless spawned my recent switch to becoming an airitarian. I just consume air. Hope that’s cool with Mr. Pollan.

  2. Poop says:

    Not a bad article but I’m more surprised that you would name a New York Times article as one of the best in the past 6 years after how much shit Vice talked about them.

  3. Dr. Aidstein McGillicudy says:

    Why does cheese have to be so delicious but also so fatty?

  4. Jules says:

    Gavin do you know who Pythagoras is?

    http://suprememastertv.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=ve&wr_id=14&url=link2_0

    Be sure to watch all 3 parts.

    Also, do you have any sort of clue as to the process by which life cycles? You can see it in nature with the changing of the seasons. You also see life forms in the same way, constantly dying and being born.

    Souls, in the same way as nature does, will make their journey through the various life forms on this planet.

    Animals have souls. They can run, jump, love, and play.
    When you eat animals, you are eating your dead grandparents, and great grandparents.

  5. Allie says:

    You forgot to include links to the first two parts.

  6. Digby says:

    Excellent use of irony: great articles festering in Gavin’s drivel. You are such a puff.

  7. Jules says:

    There are links to the 2nd and 3rd parts, under the player on that page.

  8. Mmmmm says:

    I LOVE ANIMALS.
    They’re delicious!

  9. formervegan says:

    Re: “The grain that the vegan eats is harvested with a combine that shreds field mice, while the farmer’s tractor crushes woodchucks in their burrows, and his pesticides drop songbirds from the sky.”

    While hardly convincing, it should be noted that with consideration for fodder a vegetarian diet consumes drastically less grains than a diet with meat.

    But as Huey said, “Existence is violent; I exist, therefore I am violent in that way. And I think it’s hypocritical to try to pretend otherwise.”

  10. You are still retarded says:

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  11. Jules says:

    Huey is an idiot when it comes to meat. That’s why he’s no longer relevant. He’s just a dumb, fat, backyard barbequing baby-boomer like the rest of them.

  12. billiam5billion says:

    I don’t really care about the argument one way or the other, but hot damn if the guy can’t put together a tasty phrase-”his pesticides drop songbirds from the sky.”

    that’s terrific.

  13. Revenant says:

    Vegetarians should be cannibalised.

  14. christian says:

    the ethical argument behind reducing (if not eliminating) meat consumption is that the amount of land needed to produce enough grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. to feed a person is much less than the amount needed to produce the meat that people (especially in rich countries) eat as a bonus… that often ends up causing them to die early of cardiovascular problems.

    i like the taste of meat though… and since my reduced consumption is just a drop in the bucket i think, like with most cases of “ethical consumerism,” that the real solution is to make incentives for better agriculture, energy use, land use, just resource use in general, that will cause people to reconsider the current “rich” way of life.

  15. Daz76 says:

    I’m vegetarian most of the time, except when I’m eating a Jackalope burger on 6th street in Austin Texas while staring at the velvet paintings of topless Mexican women and listening to the Misfits or whatever. Jackalope has the best punk rock burger I’ve ever known, and no I don’t work there or anything, just a foodie tip if you ever visit Austin.

  16. marc says:

    the problem with all you vegetarians and vegans is that you make a pretty crass distinction between fauna and flora. It’s ok to kill plants but not animals. Why? Because animlas are more similar to us? So killing mammals is worse than worms? Where do you start and where do you stop. Just because we like beings with eyes and fur does not mean that they have a greater right of being than any other life form.
    Just a thought…..


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