Thursday, January 12, 2012

Behind Blue Eyes

At this time within the AR movement is a large Chinese-bashing subculture going on, which runs rampant, unmoderated and uncontrolled, mostly by the West against "the Chinese" for eating cats and dogs. This bashing often reaches crescendos of hatred rivalled only by the hatred against the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. The purpose of this piece is to show how ludicrously and ridiculously illogical this subculture is.

First, a disclaimer: I am a vegan, i.e. I do not ingest any meat, dairy products or eggs. This said, I have the license to critique the eating of meat of any kind, be it the meat of cows, pigs, chickens, whales, dolphins, fish, deer, dogs or cat.

Since I do not eat meat, of course I object to the eating of cat meat and dog meat. But do I see the eating of cow meat and pig meat and chicken meat or deer meat to be any better? Absolutely not! Eating of any meat of any species by a species that has the choice to go vegan but by and large does not is morally wrong, regardless of culture, pure and simple.

I see it as the height of arrogance and hypocrisy for a culture over 95% of whose population eat beef, pork, chicken and deer to bash another culture less than 1% of whose population eat dogs or cats.

Here is the math:

8.7 BILLION chickens
33.3 million cattle
246 million turkeys
2.2 million sheep and lambs
113.6 million hogs
and 10 million deer
are killed every year for meat.

In Asia:
16 million dogs
4 million cats
are killed for meat every year.

In China:
8 million dogs
2 million cats

We are talking 300 million Americans eating 10 BILLION chickens, cows, pigs and deer versus 1400 million Chinese eating 10 million cats and dogs.

We are talking about each American eating on average 33 animals (chickens, cows, pigs, deer) per year versus each Chinese eating 0.008 cats/dogs per year. And the former is bashing the latter for being evil.

Of course the Chinese also eat beef, pork and chicken, though no venison, but even factoring this in, it is far far less per capita that in the U.S.A. or Canada.

So, bash on, but be ashamed, very ashamed, and mark the saying, "Every time you point one finger, you point 3 at yourself."

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)

1 comment:

Sonyab said...

Your article is educating against the ignorances, there is a huge gap between the East and West in understanding of cultures (working both ways) and you are helping to bridge that gap. I visited China and Tibet in October and people have to experience the Chinese people and China themselves before passing judgement.

Also making the point of meat consumption - the Chinese when they eat food actually eat only what they need, unlike the West whose consumption is, as you quite rightly make a case for, over-consumption. The Chinese make food go a lot further and eat lots of vegetables, rice, noodles and bread too. I visited the Yunnan area in China, a remote villages area. The people here lived in a completely sustainable way. They had a couple of pigs, chickens that were free to roam and forage and behave naturally. They grew crops themselves for their village community. They also had goats and cows that were free to roam too. Amazing way to live, and something that is alien to us in the West. So you make a good point, we need to get back to the basics in the West and eat only what we need to and stop this overconsumption. We can also look at the Eastern culture for ideas on how to achieve this.