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Cruelty By Any Other Name Is Still Cruel

Written by PETA | February 10, 2011

A riveting new article in The Atlantic magazine blasts the notion that cruelty to animals is less cruel when it’s disguised as “foodie-ism.” “The Moral Crusade Against Foodies” examines why so many chefs and food writers abide by the misguided notion that the more suffering that goes into a meal, the better it tastes.

The article draws examples from some of the newest crop of foodie writings, which brag about everything from eating ortolan (endangered songbirds fattened in dark boxes) to crowding around to watch a pig be slaughtered and claiming that the experience was “solemn” and “reverent.” I have a feeling that the pig begs to differ.

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The article also quotes self-proclaimed foodaholics making oh-so-compassionate statements such as, “It’s quite something to go bare-handed up an animal’s [butt] … Its viscera came out with an easy tug; a small palmful of livery, bloody jewels that I tossed out into the yard.” Sounds delicious, right?

Don’t get me wrong: As any vegetarian or vegan can tell you, we love to eat. But food should not cause suffering, no matter how many different spice rubs can be invented for it.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • BACONATOR of alaska says:

    wendys offers the baconator, mcdonalds th big mac ,pizza hut offers meat lovers, i dont eat any of it!!! cuz im tired of it though haha lol. ate it way to much growing up. what makes people think they will convince the Billions of people to not eat meat? however i grew out of that mass produced meat that makes animals suffer. i daily eat meat that is either fished out of the water in alaska or hunted in the forests. if i dont get that i buy from the on post (ft richardson) commisary and get about 5lbs of beef cuts a weeks with 3lbs of chicken. every sunday i FEAST on king crab or salmon. i am in the army and i love fitness meat is a integral part of my diet cuz im not a skinny bones non performing soft body and need the full range spectrum of amino acids that vegans fail to comprehend. yayaya!!! meat!!! fuukkkk prey!!!

  • Saucy says:

    Thanks Nancy…………..Me Too!

  • nancy says:

    I respect anyone’s philosophy or religious views, if it makes the person choose to live a cruelty-free lifestyle.

  • Saucy says:

    I believe in a LOVING AND MERCIFUL GOD. Lies are called lies because they are not the truth. They are the opposite of the truth. Just like the devil, who is called the father of lies. God did not require animal sacrifices, people did. That is called ERROR. How incredibly LAZY and NAIVE you are Matheisin to think all you have to do is believe in Jesus and THATS IT. I got news for you, the devil “believes” in Jesus. And the Bible says many will say “Lord, Lord, did we not worship in Your Name, did we not cast out demons in Your Name, did we not pray in Your Name, did we not heal the sick and feed the poor all in Your Name”? And Christ will say to them “GET AWAY FROM ME FOR I DO NOT KNOW YOU”. Matheisin you cannot be seated at THE TABLE OF CHRIST, and the table of satan. The choice is yours to make. But HOW DARE YOU suggest that my God is evil and cruel and torturous and mean and WITHOUT MERCY. Blood is Blood. Perhaps it is YOUR SHAME that allows you to so callously go about consuming the broken bodies of creatures CRAFTED BY THE HAND OF GOD. No, I will never be shamed to speak of the LOVE OF GOD. Or to save THE BODY OF CHRIST.

  • Reiko89 says:

    Nancy, you got that right, he actually made a comment that he’d like to have a trapdoor under the seats of his restaurant so that he could be like “oh, a vegetarian?” *press button*… He’s so ignorant.

  • Christopher says:

    I’m still curious as to why we call pork, pork and not pig meat, or cow meat instead of beef. This is what the terms are in Korean. It seems as though we have to have a disconnect between the animal and its meat. We have tacitly admitted our squeamishness about eating the animal. Why not take it a bit further and just not eat it?

  • rachel says:

    i rather die than an animal gets hurt. thats all i know. i rather die and i mean it.

  • Cathey says:

    There is no demon born of the Christian Hell that can come close to the callous cruelty in a human being. I read of so many things done to animals on a daily basis with total disregard for pain or suffering. It is a scary thought that a human heart could be so without compassion.

  • Mathiesin says:

    Are you kidding me! Bringing religion into animal cruelty, your obviously lacking knowledge of the fact that God required Human kind to sacrificie cattle, birds etc. If you worship God and Jesus your not going to burn in hell. Though I agree stock piling puppies and birds in dark rooms is wrong, stating that people who eat animals will burn in hell is just as wrong, you should be ashamed of yourself and reconsider your mentality because it is extremist, like terrorists.

  • Saucy says:

    The signs are here. More and more coming at you all the time. Sadly, the majority of human unkind is doomed to a fiery inferno call Hell. Just like the one they so callously, unconsciously and thoughtlessly consume into their bodies everyday. Jesus is not going to save you from THE BELLY OF THE BEAST. No matter how many sermons you preach, or millions you make, because in the end it is ONLY LOVE that matters. It is astonishing how the BIG LIE, the BIG DECEPTION has fooled even the Big Believers. “Well if I didn’t see the pig being tortured, I don’t know for sure that it was tortured.” Straight from the school of, What I don’t know can’t hurt me. Well that is not what my Bible says. My Bible says “My people are DESTROYED for a lack of knowledge.” How much further into that pit of hell for those who willfully, knowingly refuse to look at whats happening to animal. That is ANYTHING BUT GODLY. Their too sensitive, you see. But somehow it doesn’t stop them from their gluttoness desires of the flesh and the lure of money and reputation and position. “There are none so BLIND as those who refuse to see.”

  • Jamz says:

    so terrible!

  • Irene Leggett says:

    I know this may be a slightly different area but why do ‘survival’ presenters such as Bear Grylls always have to eat the live creatures that they catch. Couldn’t they just TELL us which ones to eat etc without actually doing it???

  • Karen Neisany says:

    Why is it so difficult for so many people to embrace the understanding that EVERYTHING we feel as humans, joy, pain ,fear abandonment, comfort, all the physical and emotional feelings . . . animals feel the same.

  • ocean17 says:

    that is just totally over the top insane. i also believe that psychopathic and/or sociopathic best describes these unwarranted and cruel behaviors.

  • harry says:

    well said nancy, and in addition to your comment, these people are ignorant, most likely had a bad childhood, and inconsiderate

  • giulia and carol says:

    seu besta por mim você estava na cadeia … e que apodresese lá

  • nancy says:

    I noticed on Anthony Bourdain’s show that he seems like a sociopath with how he relishes animals suffering but since he’s talking about food it’s supposed to be “normal.” It’s well known in psychology that people who find animals suffering pleasurable have psychopathic/sociopathic tendencies that lead to hurting humans too.