I’d like to second the sentiments expressed last week in a letter by Miriam Hard, “Slaughterhouse ‘Blues’ Is Shocking” [Sept. 21, Xpress]. She voices distress at “the violence that we are capable of as human beings with our meat-eating habits.” I share her shock and distress in the depths of my soul.
Here’s a quiz for you. What is the most vegan city in the world? And the most vegan country? The answers: Berlin and Israel.The Israeli army actually makes vegan meals available for soldiers. And what is the common history that Germans and Israeli Jews share? The Holocaust. And yes, Israeli animal rights activists actually use the language of “the Holocaust of the animals.” The striking difference, however, is in the numbers. If you added Hitler’s and Stalin’s and Pol Pot’s mass killings together, you’d get but a fraction of the billions of animals slaughtered in a year for our dining pleasure.
Why would we want to invite into our Asheville community an industry with an exceedingly high rate of mental illness and suicide among its workers? By the same token, how can meat eaters, Holocaust-like, avert their eyes and cover their ears to the horrors of slaughter so that they may “unknowingly” consume the flesh of other sentient creatures.
Conservative speech writer Matthew Scully, in his 2002 book, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, writes: “When every year tens of millions of creatures go to their death without knowing the least measure of human kindness, it is time to question the old assumptions, to ask what we are doing and what spirit drives us on.”
I implore you to pause between bites, think about it, hear their cries, and then, think again.
— Cynthia Sampson