Eating Animals

The author vacillates betwixt vegetarianism and omnivorism until he begins researching this book, uncovering the horrors of factory farming. From the start, he tries shock tactics, encouraging us to eat dog meat since millions of pounds of it are wasted after dogs are euthanized, and well, lots of the globe eats dog meat. Henry Ford got his ideas for the factory line system after watching a slaughterhouse in action (putting a car together is the reverse of tearing a cow apart).
99% of our meat is from factory farms, which pump the animals full of growth hormones to bring them to market quickly. They are mistreated, living in shit, sick sick animals, that end up in KFC or your local grocery store.
Perhaps Smithfield is ripe for some investigatory journalism a la The Informant– this farm has 20 EPA violations a day, dumping 120 Olympic pool equivalents of liquid pig shit into rivers, paying $12.6M in fines, the amount they profit for every 10 hours of work.
Options: go vegetarian, or raise your own meat.
Fish are not exempt from the cruelties of factory farming. Kafka’s moment in the Berlin aquarium when he says to the fish, “Now I can at last look at you in peace, I don’t eat you anymore”.
I’m going to give up fish again and go strictly vegetarian.
“I can’t count the times that upon telling someone I am vegetarian, he or she responded by pointing out an inconsistency in my lifestyle or trying to find a flaw in an argument I never made. I have often felt that my vegetarianism matters more to such people than it does to me.”