Of all the animal rights activists out there today, most obviously argue for the humane treatment of animals, citing the way Tyson treats their chickens, for example. Evidence of animal abuse is extremely prevalent in these videos, and they are often encouraging support for the vegetarian populace’s viewpoints. True, no one can deny that these animals are treated poorly; but too many rely on the assumption that it is unnatural for animals to be treated poorly. This, my friends, is where the argument just falls apart.
First of all, animals (well, ones that eat meat, anyways) are DESIGNED to kill and eat each other. How do I know that? I don’t know, perhaps it’s just my canine teeth that are currently allowing me to eat this delicious bacon. But I could be wrong. But, I doubt it. Humans, as omnivores, are designed to eat both meat and plants, not just one or the other. To those vegetarians who simply cannot stand the taste of meat, that is a perfectly understandable, perfectly reasonable opinion. To those vegetarians who argue that it is unnatural to eat meat, you’re wrong. Look in your own mouth. Unless you don’t have canine teeth, then, naturally speaking, you should be eating meat.
Second of all, it’s not like one sees vegetarian lions just prancing around, holding up signs that say, “respect the Zebras! They have feelings, too!”. No, they’re ripping apart the flesh of a zebra, enjoying the meat underneath. It definitely isn’t a pretty image, but it’s a natural one, and to say that is isn’t is simply utter fallacy. To connect this to the beginning of this blog post: in the wild, animals are not treated humanely. It’s eat or be eaten. Animals don’t try to tolerate each other or get along – they just kill, and they kill without second thoughts. And the inhumane treatment of chickens at the Tyson factory, for example – all that is is an advanced manifestation of this natural instinct: to kill or be killed. What is important to us humans in our brains is not whether we are killing something nicely, or whether we are killing it to begin with – what’s in our brains, what’s taking up our attention, is how quickly we can get something down our throats. So animals rights activists may be perfectly nice people overall, and may even be very intelligent. Unfortunately, though, their viewpoint about animal rights is wrong.