Earlier this week hosts of a Danish radio station killed a bunny rabbit on air and then later cooked and ate it. It generated a huge backlash for the station including calls for a boycott. I wonder how many of those who complained eat other animals?
Why is it acceptable to kill, cook, and eat a young pig for dinner but not a rabbit? I don’t see any difference. If anything, pigs are probably more intelligent and higher up the scale of self-consciousness than bunny rabbits but I don’t eat either of them so I’m under no obligation to defend the eating of one over the other. If you think what the station did is wrong and you still eat pigs, cows, sheep, and chickens, then you should probably question why eating one animal is wrong while eating a different one is ok.
Is it because bunnies are cute and fluffy? This is a rather shallow. Let’s eat all the ugly things on earth and save all the beautiful ones. I’m being sarcastic of course.
I became vegetarian the day after I saw images like these:
These crates of dogs (there are similar images of cats) are destined for the dinner table. You can read about it here. As soon as I saw these images I knew I couldn’t criticise the eating of dogs and cats unless I stopped eating pigs, sheep, cows, and chickens and that’s exactly what I did more than 10 years ago now.
George Monbiot has written a couple of articles recently about our double standards when it comes to food but has been lambasted for it. Why? In the Abuses of Enchantment he says,
The way that meat, eggs and milk are produced is surrounded by one of our great silences, in which most people collaborate. We don’t want to know, because knowing would force anyone with a capacity for empathy to change their diet.
You break this silence at your peril. After I published an article on chicken farming last week, I had to re-read it to check that I hadn’t actually proposed the slaughter of the firstborn by terrorist devil worshippers – so outraged and vicious were some of the responses. And that was just the consumers.