Since last month, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been on an animal slaughter rampage and shares the gory details of his kills with friends on FB. “I just killed 20 pigs and ten goats,” he says in a recent note, posted along with a picture of a bear he killed as well as bear meat recipes.
Zuckerberg also told his pals that he had eaten the heart and liver of a horse he slaughtered.
So says an article written by Ritu Bhatia, published by India Today.
This is supposedly about his personal pledge for 2011 to eat only animals he kills with his own hands. PeTA are applauding Zuckerberg and sent him a vegan goodie basket.
In a CBS News report, Zuckerberg contends:
This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.
Perhaps Zuckerberg is not bragging on this Facebook page about the animals he kills and eats. However, this sounds like a time constraint issue, not a health or humane one. If it were the latter, why not take the vegan challenge instead?
Most vegetarians and/or vegans ascribe to the theory that if people actually had to watch animals being slaughtered to put meat on their plates, there would be a lot more eating a plant-based diet. I wonder.
There is a post in a blog on politics and computers called 100gf that states:
The idea of only eating animals that you kill is gaining popularity in the tech world, where people are seeking ways to reconnect with the food on their plate. While we’re a long way from seeing products like Google Slaughter hit the market, there definitely seems to be a trend for techie types to trek out to farms and yank a few chickens’ necks. And there ain’t an app for that.
In another report it shows Zuckerberg cuddling a little white fluffy dog, with the comment his pooch is not likely to be on the menu. Why not?
Dog meat is eaten in a variety of countries such as Switzerland, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Korea.
At any rate, as Alicia Graef says on the Care2 Animal Welfare blog:
The animals who are killed have just as much of an interest in their own lives as we do in ours. Doing it yourself and watching an animal choking on their own blood and gasping for their last breaths doesn’t make it any more ethically justifiable than having someone else do it and buying it in a store even if you’re “thankful.”
by VIVIAN GRANT