Medjai saidConsidering most farm raised animals have been bred in such a way that they could not survive in nature, I consider myself moral for eating them. They get a quick, humane death as opposed to being torn to shreds by a predator or slowly starving, and they are fully eaten, used, and respected, not left half to rot like in nature.
Eating farm animals is much more humane and moral than vegan avoidance.
that is a very odd argument. I don´t think not eating meat is morally superior in the first place, though modern farming methods are not pleasing.
It was deliberately facetious.
And as a chef who is very informed and active in the local, organic, humane, etc. movement, I strongly agree.
Yes, as an omnivore (and a former Hospitality Management professional with a degree from Florida International University), I'm actually much more suspect of "farm raised" animals and their products, specifically chickens, pigs, and cattle than their "free range", "organically" raised cousins.
I have considered taking a trip to a farm to take part in the capture, slaughter, dressing, and butchering of an animal so that I can experience first hand what most people will never see. I look at the neat and cleanly wrapped little plastic trays of meat in the grocery store (displayed under lights which highlight the color of the meat to be more "attractive") and I wonder how it got there. We did butchering in my Meat Science class, but we didn't have to slaughter and dress our carcasses.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not some kind of animal-murder-ophile who is looking for jollies. I'm seeking to reconnect with the food that I eat, and so that I can understand first hand the abstraction which most people "enjoy". I've recently been able to do this living her in Northern California with some of the produce which I eat.