| The Other Side
Of The Fence
There is obviously no room in the life
of any compassionate person for antagonists in the pro meat-eating,
pro-GM, pro-hunting, pro-animal testing, or anti-organic lobbies.
You are wiser to simply avoid patronizing
show-offs who try to politicize your naturally well-balanced argument.
Simply avoid so-called academics who may smirk pitifully at you as they
try to impress that there is a far more intellectual argument "which
you don't understand". In fact it's likely they can't handle factuality
at simple ground level. They are compelled by their ego to express a
"higher level" opinion through academic (but nonsensical equations)
- regardless how far it takes the argument away from the central point.
The question that VeggieGlobal poses to meat eaters in the GGL
discussion forum is a prime contender. If you are cornered
by an antogistic carnivor and have no option but to respond to their
patronising jests, then you may have no choice but to drop the ethical
bombshell and pose the obvious question to them (see Meateaters
Introduction to VeggieGlobal). Then you will no doubt
receive the usual flurry of condescending responses accompanied by the
sound of a dozen cans of worms being opened!
So quite simply, if you have had enough of confrontaions of that kind
- although it may be hard - just change your social environment. If
you are a vegetarian who lives by the prime directive "I
don't eat meat because I couldn't kill the animal myself" then
you really don't need to justify yourself. Don't let the ignorance of
antagonists taint your compassionate beliefs.
Change your friends!
The media are becoming increasingly irresponsible
by not considering the detrimental effects through publication or broadcast
of environmentally sensitive issues. Their arguments for releasing such
material cannot in any way be justified.
Here is an example:
A British TV company once gave half an hour of air time to the most
smug, arrogant individual burbling on about the complete uselessness
of organic foods. There was no point in the programme whatsoever, and
was clearly produced to antagonize and create unnecessary contention.
The programme presented not one viable reason why it should be questioning
In those situations it can only be a positive thing that we all make
an effort to simply be a "nuisance", and start complaining
about such programming.
Since then numerous reports of GM crops
infecting natural environments have appeared in the press. You can find
out more on this at Looking-Glass
and VeggieGlobal News - LGGN
The devils advocate says: "What happens
to all the employees of the meat, fish and blood sport trades if the
global ideal of mass vegetarianism ever picked up?".
Well the simple answer from the over-angst
loud mouth protester mentioned in chapter
3 would be "who gives a shit".
But the Hunt
Message here at VeggieGlobal suggests that there are
calmer routes towards effective dialogue. Ways that allow everyone the
opportunity to resolve the equation to everyone's satisfaction.
There's no chance that the whole world will suddenly abstain from eating
meat or hunting animals overnight! It will probably take many years.
In which case the effects on the livelihoods of those who exploit animals
will be minimal. Meat production will become less profitable, but it
will be a slow process so economical effects will be negligable. In
fact, the effect will, in turn introduce other forms of employment in
agricultural trades though increased demand of organic vegetable and
There's no moral
sense for political argument regarding loss of employment within the
meat, blood sport and farming industries. The message we put forward
in the Hunt
relates to the current situation of banning blood sport in the
UK. But it could apply to any person employed in the meat or fish industry
who may have suffered a loss to their business, perhaps through disease,
like Foot and Mouth.. If you want to read it click
1 - Where is the Grass Greener?
Chapter 2 - In
the Land of Friends or Follies
Chapter 3 - Terminology
4 - Other Side Of The Fence
Cow to Clown - Epilogue
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