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Mystery Meat

Written by PETA | September 12, 2007

The Mystery Meat photo series has been getting quite a bit of play online lately. The official name of the series is the “Meet Your Meat Photo Tour”, which is of course strikingly similar to our video Meet Your Meat. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, and the photographer came up with his catchy handle on his own. Totally.

Anyway, the idea of this photo thing is to show super close-ups of meat, and man, some of them are beyond gross. Check out this one, for instance. The fat streaks look particularly appetizing, especially the slug looking protrusion on the left side. It reminds me of the bloody, gooey mess that gets sucked out during liposuction, except that this is a picture of someone’s food. Yum.

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Also notice the brilliant KFC ad below the pic. They’ve really targeted their demographic well here, as anyone who would find these liposuction-soup-esque shots appealing probably wouldn’t mind eating at a joint that has reportedly served worms, human blood, cockroaches, and other disgusting things in its food.

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  • Tom says:

    Grow up!!! What do you expect meat to look like?

  • Brian Luznak MD (Just Kidding) says:

    So what happened to you guys out there. Nobody have any fight left in um. Shame to see nobody’s posted anything in a long time. Oh well I’ll get the ball rolling here. First off I’m done argueing about this subject. Everyday millions of animals get slaughtered tortured beaten and abused for no viable reason whatsoever. And the people who don’t partake in that system are not bad people. In fact the bad people are the controlling minds who herd animals into uncomprimising situations for their own benifits. I can’t imagine any factory farmer who doesn’t feel a sort of tyrant ruler among the animals under his capture. And I can’t imagine any person who spends their time out there making mystery meet with their knives and guns and whatever other tools of destruction not in some way blinded to the truth. Ablsolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. We are no longer the archaic chambermaids of our fathers uninformed exsistence. We as humans have been given a very gracious message and it is up to us to understand it and embrace it. We don’t have to live off of animals to survive and we don’t have to live off the old system of food for thought to do so either. And we especially don’t have to partake in that system to enjoy life and would be better off with the knowledge alloted to us from a diet free from that destruction. It is time for our message to spread far and wide and to the minds of impenatrable. If you are even a quarter passionate about this as me remember from whom this message came and you will see in your future the window to make a change. Open it and the window will never close again. For The Beast. And For His Beauty. And For Those Who Benifit. To You I Give This. A Liberative Opportunity.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher You said “BSACJD are insignificant diseases. More people die of pneumonia or flu in one year than have ever died of CJD.” As you know Alzheimer’s disease as well as CJD cannot be definitely diagnosed until after death when the brain can be closely examined for certain microscopic changes caused by the disease. To quote from a web article The full numbers of CJD victims aren’t actually known because CJD is not a reportable disease like syphilis. The U.S. Center for Disease Control CDC only surveys “death certificate” CJD meaning if an endstage CJD victim catches pneumonia and dies this doesn’t get tracked as a CJD case by the CDC but is counted as a “pneumonia” death. In addition CJD victims have been known to be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s patients unless family members insist on an autopsy and examination of brain tissues. In fact a recent study by CJD researchers at Yale University found 14 of patients thought to have died of Alzheimer’s actually died of CJD a larger study from the University of Pennsylvania found a misdiagnosis rate of 5 and estimated there may be 200000 cases of CJD in the U.S. each year which are misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Just a quick note to address some of the excellent points made in the lengthy posts above. Brian Brain growth began in meat eating primates before we were even making tools. We do not need to cook meat to make it edible. The processing involved in modern meat production renders it inedible due to gut flora contamination. Wild game is rich in omega3’s even more so if you eat the organs especially the brain. BSACJD are insignificant diseases. More people die of pneumonia or flu in one year than have ever died of CJD. I do not own a hummer. I do own land because I pay taxes every year on it. I have a deed for it. And you can’t set foot on it without my permission. I also do not engage in senseless killing. Dana I am glad your husband is healthier after switching diets. A vegan diet is a very healthy diet just not the healthiest. I do not know Dr. Cordain but I do know personally Dr. O’Keefe and have had numerous conversations with him. He never mentioned baiting people into almost veganism by allowing some meat. I never encouraged anyone to eat dairy. There are some portions of Atkins that are very sensible. If you removed the fatty dairy and meat and encouraged more fruits and vegetables it would be ideal. I don’t encourage diets high in fatty meat. I am always amazed at the notion that nature will balance out on its own. Absolutely it will. After all of the herbivores have completely denuded the environment of anything green including soybean fields they will massively starve until they reach a balance point. That is unless they are ravaged by some disease. Their natural predators have been displaced not by hunters but by all of us. They will not return and you don’t want them to because not only do they eat deer and rabbits but they also eat vegans and little kids. You do not want a pack of wolves running around your neighborhood. We have replaced the natural predators. The only way we could restore close to the way it was before would be to pack up and leave the planet. I don’t want to leave. I also like deer and rabbits not just to eat. I have seen starving deer and I didn’t like it. best wishes.

  • Dana says:

    I know now that the signs of me becoming an animal activist started from the time I knew what an animal was. I have always felt deep respect and a bond with animals. I know that animal activist all share the common bond of compassion for animals but I dont think the people that think animals are just animals and were put on this earth for our consumption entertainment and torture really understand the passions of animal activist. Instead they try and dig deep into history to find any justification for mistreatment or consumption of animals. The history of planet earth is nothing short of fascinating I just wish people would stop comparing the consumption of meat of our ancestors which were at that point in time scavengers and ate what ever was available to them for survival. There was not a Bilo Publix or Ingles down the road where you had choices in what you ate millions of years ago instead you were forced to eat what ever you found. That is not the case today however we do have choices now on what our bodies are designed to eat. It is proven that there are many different outlooks on this subject and some people will always defend meat eating because it is something they want to do. Humans have a very keen survival instinct and even millions of years ago did what ever it took to survive. By saying that meat eating was a part of our past so it must be something we are suppose to do now is almost like saying that the airplane crash victims in the 1972 plane crash in the Andes after weeks of starvation and struggle to survive started eating the remains of the others would indicate that maybe we are also suppose to be cannibals. This is no crazier than comparing the habits of our ancestors millions of years ago to now. It is proven that tribes that practiced cannibalism suffered many health problems and symptoms of what we now call mad cows disease which in fact comes to us now from cows being turned into cannibals. It is also proven that our systems just are not made up to digest meat or cholesterol properly. If any of you that have read this biog. are thinking of becoming a vegetarian or even vegan I will admit that it is a challenge like any other life changing thing you do. The hardest part for us was eating out because most menus cater to meat based diets. However there is something for vegetarians on every menu. Reading labels at first was a little time consuming but thanks to the Goveg website shopping was made easier with a list of what name brand things we can have. Now after many trips to the grocery store we know what we can and cannot have. Our taste buds have changes so much as well things that while on a meat based diet I would have never liked nor even tried I now enjoy very much. It also does not take us near as long to become full we do not eat until we pop like we seem to do on meat. My family is a large southern family and I must say our eating habits have been to say the least unhealthy. My mother loves to cook and meat is a big part of her cooking the vegetables are even cooked in fat to add flavor she says. This was an obstacle for us because we all get together at her house every Sunday. Instead of us bring our own food she stopped cooking the vegetables in fat which to be honest I never thought she would not only are we eating healthier though everyone at the table is. In the end no matter how challenging being different can be the results are rewarding we are much healthier and feel great. I am really worried now of the drastic affect all of this destruction of nature is taking on our planet…people seem to forget that nature can survive without us but we can not survive without it. I have a bad feeling that the world as we know it will soon change and the only people we have to blame is ourselves for not making the proper changes in diet or respecting nature. We are a world of Greed and a world of its all about me and I am afraid we are now seeing signs of the downfall of such behavior.

  • Michele says:

    Dana and BrianstillnotanMD thank you for the wonderful posts! Humorous and informative at the same time. I have not really tried to research the history of man eating meat though I find the information from the various bloggers fascinating. However for me the bottom line is that whether or not humans may have eaten meat out of necessity at some point humans just do not need to do so anymore. We do not have to kill animals to survive and we know that eating meat is unhealthy yes even “organic” meat. Humans do not get to be superior just because we have fashioned weapons that animals cannot hope to defend themselves against. Now that we have even more proof that the meat industry is the biggest cause of global warming it is clear that the human species is making a complete mess of this planet in so many ways.

  • Brian Luznak Still Not An MD says:

    Hmmm… Well first off I’d like to say that I’m surprised this debate is still going on this long in this forum. Not that we couldn’t all use a debate to further articulate our own viewpoints. But wow… I’m surprised. Secondly let me apologize for the attitude I used earlier to combat Dr. Chris Cochran’s initial remark in regard to the photograph and then his comments toward some of the people who replied with their viewpoints as well. It was probably childish to come off as arrogant as I did. I just wanted to seem as smarmy as Dr. C. C. I suppose. “Not much fat here just delicious uncooked protein.” I still can’t figure out who comes to a PETA blog and throws around that kind of arrogance though. Must be a Doctor of Sarcasm trained at Smarmy University in Arrogantville Indiana. Anyway I’m sorry to come and bring my viewpoints to the discusion Captain Chris Cochran or wait that was General wasn’t it or was it Doctor?. Thirdly as for the heavy debate over early man eating meat and then developing larger brains you’ll be surprised to know that most of the research done in the last five years actually points to something else entirely. And in fact science will positively prove that it was the missing link all along. What am I talking about? Cooking. Funny word. Really. The idea of heating food to a specific temperature to acheive edibility. You see it was right around the time that we learned to harvest fire that man’s brains acutally took off. For the first time ever man was able to eat a huge variety of foods once unthinkable. And most of those brain busters were in fact plants and not animals. In fact as for eating of meat science has actually proven that the math behind the chemistry of such said food reverses growth in human development almost unanimously. Unheard of diseases come from eating creatures with neural structures like us. CJD being one of them of course. Mad Cow another. But yeah Doc the heating of foods at one time unedible allowed us for the first time to eat nutrition our predators could only dare to dream. And meat eating took some time after that initial brain growth explosion and is often times confused with that. I could see how you could make the mistake. You’re a doctor and a conservationist. You’ve got alot on your plate and are too busy to do all the research. Anyway I’m curious where this came from “The essential omega three fatty acids are not found in adequate concentrations in any plants available to paleolithic man to account for the enormous human brain.” because that’s just untrue. In fact the animals available to paleolithic man were far less giving in the omega fatty acid department. Fish maybe you could swing around with that arguement but even then you’d be wrong to say that plant life just didn’t have it from that area. It did. In fact animals developed it from the plants. Kind of ironic in a way. Animals live off plants then some plants animals and humans live off other animals and sometimes humans. It’s like driving a car because you like the fact that it has two tires and a seat. You’d totally ignore the fact that a bike was the better choice having two tires and one seat while a car actually has four tires and four seats. I hope that made sense to you. I’m sure it did you’ve got a Phd. I imagine you probably drive a hummer too. What does the hummer have? 16 seats and 12 tires? Sir Doctor Major can I be frank here? If I can’t be Frank then who can I be? Can I be a doctor too? You’re right in the sense that animal activists are “radicals”. Thanks for pointing that out. I mean I thought the word activist pointed it out enough but it wasn’t until you coined it that it finally made sense. We’re radicals and we are radically opening the world to a form of intelligence yet to be discovered and soon to be uncovered all in the name of radical thinking. We don’t eat animals. We respect them. You don’t respect them if you kill them period. You probably only respect yourself. Your sight goes no further. Point period. You kill something you no longer respect it. Why? All life longs for one thing. To live. Plant life Animal life Human life. All of it wants to live. That’s why it grows that’s why it reproduces that’s why it thrives. To live. And if you kill it then you’ve just taken away its basic right. And no you can’t own land. Land owns you. There is a difference. Now some humans see our position and take the higher road. Some just don’t. Sure you can take the road you’re on. Just remember there is always a higher road higher moral ground higher thinking. If you kill something it will find a way to pay you back. Regardless if you think you were right. You’ll see. It’s like taking a cookie from the cookie jar. Eventually the cookies will run out and you’ll have to learn to either add to the cookie jar or go hungry. Some would say buy some cookies. Some would say make some cookies. And yet some of us say How about a nice vegetarian spaghetti with spinach carrots broccoli and homeade pasta sauce with a side of berries and nice glass of wine. We’ve totally forgetton the value of the cookie “senseless killing” and realized there is so much more to life than “the cookie jar” closedminded thinking. These are secrets the kitchen productive unified thinking still has yet to show us. Probably Sounds Radical. Hope So.

  • Dana says:

    Mr Cochran I think when trying to get a point across and using Drs names such as Loren Cordain Ph.D. and James O’Keefe MD you really study their research. You will also find that little is known about our diets when the earth reformed many years ago and mammals took over the earth. Many well known researchers will tell you the only way to truly find out what the diet was way back when is to find the DNA split between Chimpanzee and human which as of now has not been done. It is hard to say that meat played a very important role in our diets because meat consumption was not readily available as it is today and according to research was seasonal even chimpanzees only take in 3 of meat in their overall diet which plays very little to no nutritional value in their diets many top researchers feel that if you look at the eating pattern of chimpanzees it is the most accurate way to look at the diets of our ancestors. If that is the case you will see that 3 of meat in an overall diets does not help your brain or your body very much. I think from what you are saying that Vegans which if you will look at the research of Cordain he does not find the health benefits of dairy at all or vegetarians are stupid? We no longer take in meat so what our brain will now turn to mush? I hate to point out the obvious to you but this Paleo Diet that Dr. Cordain has come up with is nothing but a veganvegetarian diet the only difference is that in order for people to want to follow it he feels that he must tempt them with the prospect of eating lean meat. Most people do not like the sound of changing their habits and cutting our meat altogether and unfortunately think the thought of never eating meat again is just too much to handle. I find it very funny that the two names you spoke of Loren Cordain and James OKeefe claim to have come up with the perfect diet but in order to follow this diet you have to purchase books and kits to start it. Yes you can purchase books on vegan and vegetarians that go into detail about the health benefits and the down side to the meat dairy industries but it is not mandatory. Every thing you need to know about a veganvegetarian diet is only a mouse click away and free on the internet you do not have to purchase anything to follow this lifestyle. There was an article I read recently that stated we do have the cure for cancer it is our own bodies. Our bodies have the ability to fight off diseases such as cancer but the proper lifestyle has to be followed you can not cram your body full of junk that limits its immunity which in turn limits its ability to fight diseases. There is no amount of reading or research that is more convincing than results themselves. Yes the Atkins diet showed immediate results but also linked a lot of health problems and weight gain right back after a certain time period on the diet. A complete vegan diet has proven to be worth its weight in gold in our household. My husband had high blood pressure that is no longer the case now it is perfect! My husband cholesterol dropped 15 points after only being a vegan for 112 months. We feel better have much more energy and enjoy life knowing that we have done our part to not only help stop animal cruelty but for our environment. I also think that you need to know that some doctors that decide to push certain diets do so with the wrong intentions look at Dr. Robert Atkins he created the Atkins diet which would allow people to do the opposite of what most diets persuade you to do which is cut meat out to a minimum and eat more fruits and vegetables. It was a meat eaters dream come true…even the weight watchers point system penalizes you in points for eating meat. They also bring up the fact that meat sits in your colon for many days before passing through. Dr. Atkins just so happen to be clinically obese at the time of his death. It is a proven fact that Carbohydrates work as fuel for our body and we do need them. Yes like with anything else you can go overboard. The examiner’s report said that Dr Atkins had suffered a previous heart attack congestive heart failure and hypertension all conditions that are related to obesity. No one knows for sure if Dr. Atkins actually followed his own diet but one could only ask if he did not why? Why would he recommend a diet he himself would not follow or did he in fact follow this diet and it lead to his long history of health problems and obesity. Mr. Cochran you can use all of your fancy medical terms that I now feel you are getting from reading reports and copying word for word on off the internet. I do not feel that you really are a doctor nor have I ever. You can try and justify killing animals by making yourself feel that you are saving them from starving to death. If animals ever do end up starving to death it is because humans have taken away the environment they need to thrive. You do realize that the reason they think dinosaurs grew so big was because of the PERFECT environment they were a part of. It is my personal opinion that you should not kill what is not yours but I realize not everyone sees it that way. Nature can balances itself without the help of humans with guns. If a certain animal becomes over populated it is only because fear from humans has forced their predators into extinction. Humans are known for destroying what they fear and do not understand. You can also try as hard as you want to convince yourself that eating meat is healthy and justified but many people here have showed you that your bull crap theories do not justify you beliefs. I just hope one day the world will wake up and see things in a different light before it is too late!

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Ariel Your emotion is getting the best of you. I said “rare” not raw. CJD is carried in neuronal tissues not meat. It is exceedingly rare. I have never seen a patient with CJD but I have seen hundreds with diseases related to domestic cats fortunately most of which survived. Anyway I can’t say that “raw” venison isn’t good because I’ve never eaten it but as long as it wasn’t exposed to gut flora like the lettuce and spinach in California it would pose no health risk. All the best.

  • Ariel says:

    Dr.? C. Oh please! “some of this scientific jargon is difficult to translate into English.” Please do not undermine our intelligence certainly not Mike Quinoa’s intelligence. “Venison is much better prepared raw than overcooked.” ? Have you ever heard of CrutzfeldJacobs’ disease with relationship to venison that affects the brain? Only a coroner can verify that diagnosis which occurs quite suddenly and it should go with saying that it is definitely incurable.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Mike These are excellent questions. I am sorry that I have taken so long to answer but the posts are delayed and out of order and I lost track of your questions. First I cite my first argument regarding our inability to manufacture certain vitamins and fatty acids. The essential omega three fatty acids are not found in adequate concentrations in any plants available to paleolithic man to account for the enormous human brain. Many paleontologists believe that after the Indian subcontinent smashed into Asia the weather in equatorial Africa became much dryer causing the rain forests to greatly shrink. The resulting savanna forced our ancestors out of the trees. Some of the early primates continued to live on a primarily herbivorous diet while another branch began eating meat probably carrion at first. The plant eating protohumans are now extinct as the other great apes are a different branch. The readily available protein and fat source including omega3’s Paleolithic man did not have consistent access to leguminous protein. No peanuts peas or beans in adequate quantities. Besides raw legumes have phytochemicals that prevent the absorption of many of the proteins they contain. These chemicals are inactivated on cooking. He also didn’t have much access to simple sugars. A little honey and fruit sugar but no wheat or grain products en masse. So I believe the enormous human brain is evidence of our meat eating history. After the agricultural revolution society was able to produce large amounts of storable calories in grains lentils and the like. This allowed for a population explosion because in a paleolithic diet calories are at a premium. In the modern diet calories are much easier protein is at a premium. Evidence of our evolution away from an herbivorous diet is seen in our vermiform appendix a remnant of a large cecum that harbored bacteria that manufactured the nutrients we now obtain from animal products while allowing us the ability to better digest copious plant material. By all means don’t take my word for it as these are not my original ideas. I refer you to Loren Cordain Ph.D. and James O’Keefe MD and their awesome research on early man’s diet and the modern health ramifications. Wild game vs. Modern Meat. Beeves for example have been line bred for centuries to have specific traits. Some where bred to overlactate as others were bred to marble in their musculature and gain weight quickly. When you feed a beef pure grain products you encourage this marbling as well. Bison not the true progenitor of modern cattle but so closely related as to be able to interbreed with cattle do not have a significant amount of marbled saturated fat intramuscularly. Also if you feed a cow only grass the meat will be less fatty and contain a better O3 to O6 ratio. Wild game are on the whole much more lean and contain good fats fats necessary for good health rather than the saturated bad fats of modern livestock. If you ate meat you would note how much drier venison rabbit or quail are versus a domestic analog. What fat there is is essential fats though if you ate nothing but rabbit meat you would actually starve from lack of calories. I believe the average American diet is harmful not only because of these fatty meats but also the easily obtained concentrated grain sugars… The PCRM is not widely accepted in the medical community. They are made up of only five percent physicians and do not contribute to the standards of good medical practice. They are supported by PETA and they have upper level PETA members on their board. I doubt they could hardly be considered unbiased in their medical advice. One last comment on meat. Raw Meat… Humans are perfectly able to eat raw meats if they are not prepared incorrectly. It just doesn’t taste good to our modern palates. Venison is much better prepared rare than overcooked. Commercial meats are unsafe though largely due to contamination during processing with exposure to gut flora. I don’t know if this is clear. Some of this scientific jargon is tough to translate into English. Thank you for your time and interest.

  • Ariel says:

    Dr.? Cochran My thoughts about groups and organizations is that not one of them are perfect no matter who or what they represent on this earth absolutely none. I base my belief on the fact that all of us are human and we are imperfect. So where ever there are people it is a guarantee that nothing can be perfect. Instead of enhancing the group or org. some cause problems or play betterthanthou ie ego trips. And yes some do make a bad impression for the group or org. which unfortunately gets more publicity sometimes and then the entire group or org. is perceived to be that way. It is precisely with that in mind that I mentioned to you a few times to keep an open mind and take the time to learn about animal activism because as I said there is much much much more to it than your initial negative impressions that you mentioned which unfortunately is common. Also I would like you to know that all animal activists do not always agree on how every issue is presented. BUT we ALL agree on prioritizing the animals. That does not mean that we do not have other priorities or concerns in life. Yet we have to constantly tell people on this site that this is an animal rights’ site and that they can easily go to other sites that are specifically designed to express their other issues which are unrelated to animal rights. yet it they really wanted to learn they would take the time to discover the connection between animal activism and their other issues Now I am going on to “radical.” Radical stems from the Greek word meaning to get to the root of something. Unfortunately it has taken on a derogatory meaning to decribe a person or people who go against the norm of society. Society generally does not like changes or to be told something different than to what they are strictly accustomed. It does not matter if what they believe is wrong or has become outmoded. Examples of people who were percieved as “radicals” was Jesus Christ Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi. Yes frequently animal rights’ activists are viewed as radicals in a derogatory manner. However I accept being called a radical as a compliment because then I know that our cause is not stagnant. But I do understand how you meant it when you used that description of certain Muslims Christians animal activists and hunters. Although if you were to understand the indepth reasons behind certain animal activists’ actions then it would make more sense yet still would not be necessarily agreeable to you. Anyway animal activists aim to get to the root of animalrelated issues present the facts to raise awareness over stagnant thinking then it goes into a lot of detail. I was not familiar with poisoning the non native fescue but I was aware of farmers burning the undergrowth in order to have healthier crops. Both courses of action are understandable. So for what it is worth I appreciate the good you do for the land and for the animals but of course you know that I can never agree with about hunting. I just thought of something. Perhaps you can think of animal activists as people who burn the “undergrowth” to clear the way for new healthier growth. Somehow Dr.? Cochran it is all becomes related. Good health to you!