I wish I could recall where or when I heard this, but the idea was expressed by someone somewhere that people who eat meat but aren't willing to hunt and kill the animal themselves were hypocrites, enjoying their meat because it no longer had a face and they weren't responsible for putting it on the plate.
I have thought about that for a long time. Which is why I no longer remember the opinion's origins. I do apologize for that. I eat meat. I do not eat a lot of meat, because honestly, except for bacon and sausage I am not a huge fan of meat. But I eat it, and occasionally, I am not ashamed to admit, I even like it. Am I a hypocrite?
I would not be willing to hunt and kill an animal. I thought about that for a long time. So do I come to the conclusion that if I am unwilling to butcher the animal, and slice up the meat myself before cooking and eating it I am a hypocrite?
I don't want to be a hypocrite. I started thinking of all the other things in this world that I support, and am glad that someone else does for me because I would not want nor be able to do myself. Take open heart surgery. I am fully in support of open heart surgery for people who need it. I would not however be able to slice into someone's chest to do the work myself. Does that make me a hypocrite?
I would not ever want to be part of one of Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs. If you have ever watched the show you know there are a lot of unpleasant jobs out there. I am grateful that someone does those jobs for me so that I don't have to. Does that make me a hypocrite?
Do you remember Gary Paulsen's The Hatchet? When I originally was thinking about this, I kept using the word "never". I would never be able to kill an animal. I would never be able to cut into someone's chest. I would never be able to crawl around in a sewer, or wherever. Then I remembered The Hatchet. If I were dropped into that book, Inkheart style, I would come to a point where it was a choice between starvation or killing an animal. I'd do it then. If I had my babies with me, and they were crying in hunger, I would come to that point even faster. If one of them got a cut and then an infection in their leg that became gangrenous, I would find a way to amputate.
Does it make me a hypocrite that I am grateful to live in such luxury that I would only ever have to do these things in times of extreme need for survival?
Please note: I do not have anything against vegetarians, I just hope that they are making sure to get all of the nutrients they need. Although, that is something that we all need to keep in mind.
Please note: I have nothing against people who do hunt and kill animals, I recently went to a "RoadKill Party" hosted by my neighbor, with animals that he had hunted. Including beaver in a crockpot. Bet you've never seen that before.