The Caterpillar glutton, Frederick the mouse, Fridolin the piggy. The first books that we have read aloud to tell us of the wonderful world of animals. We have our first adventure with them, hope, fear and look forward to new stories. As a stuffed animal, they are our best friend in the night, they give us consolation, when we are sad, we talk and cuddle with them. Most of us have probably also later built a connection to a real live animal. There may be a cat you cuddled every day after school with which or with which you could play dog. Maybe someone has saved a chick that had fallen out of the nest or a weak Hedgehog before death. Many of us have a photo in your album on which they snuggle with an animal. In all of these moments, we enjoyed a close relationship. Saw a sentient, thinking being, an individual with its own personality and its own character in the animal. At the same time was a piece of meat on our plates. This strange behavior was so much that she wrote her doctoral thesis in interested in psychologist Melanie Joy. In a lecture on YouTube, she told that she liked meat a couple of weeks because she was very sick with a tainted hamburger. And all of a sudden she wondered about that she could pet her dog as a child with one hand and eat a piece of pork in the other hand. At the same time. Although the pork was surely a just as intelligent and sensitive beings like her dog. In your head, a switch was suddenly killed by the meat-free time. She says that we completely hide the living animal at dinner and a small attempt of self developed, comes with you this blind spot on the bottom. Melanie Joy says that’s because we normally think about it, what is on our plates. We have done has always been, we have become so big and not question it, it’s just. For them, this behavior is deeply rooted in our culture. It’s starting already, that there is no name for someone who eats meat. A vegetarian does not eat meat, a vegan no animal products. But what do we call someone who is neither vegan nor vegetarian? Slaws? Carnivor? Both does not fit, because terms in biology, describing what a living organism must eat or can. You describe but not a moral, ideological or philosophical stance that stands behind it. Joy thinks if there is something no word, then you can also not truly think about it and if you can not call something, then you can not also make it in question. Where do animals live? We need to eat meat to survive. It is stated like it was but of course to eat meat, our ancestors would have done that anyway. Well, it depends how far it goes back on the timeline. Do we really live with the value system of a Neanderthal? If we have to eat no meat, this also means that we have a choice, that behind meat eating a belief system is. Joy calls this Carnism. Carnism describes it as a dominant, violent ideology, because behind this killing. Such ideologies need a social and psychological defence mechanism, so that the people. They may not just perceive what they there just to participate. Carnism is not to feel so joy. The first step is denial. Keeping invisible victims. What you can’t see does not exist, then there can be no problem. 58 million animals are killed each year in Germany. How many have we seen? A few cows in the pasture? Where are the other cows? Where the pigs? Where the chickens? Most of the animals are kept industrial. In huge, windowless buildings. You can not visit pig fattening systems or chicken coops. You are strictly shielded. Why actually? What we do with animals there probably are no doubt more that animals think, feel and lead a rich social life. But what do we do with them? Sows are stuck in narrow cages where they are not turn. Male piglets without anaesthetic, the testicles ripped out, weak piglets beaten to death. They are large enough they come in the slaughter-house. You kill them with a shot in the head, but it must go quickly, not every shot sits. A small request of the Greens in the Bundestag revealed that so badly for thousands of animals, that they die painfully in pain. Male chickens lay eggs and grow too slowly, thousands of them are shredded alive or gassed. The beaks are cut short the other and it crams her huge sheds no light. Either they are fattened for a month or they must lay eggs 15 months. After they are slaughtered. The calves are taken away cows, so that we can keep the milk for us. The most calves are fattened and then killed or they become the milk cow. Fish are bred in giant pools, which are so crammed, that they can survive only with plentiful antibiotics. No exceptions are about, but this is industry standard. The Oscar-nominated film food Inc. describes the international corporations as an example very vividly. The people who suffer from animals are not the only victims of the modern meat industry. The work of the people in the slaughterhouses is dangerous, mentally stressful, poorly paid, socially and not recognized. Our environment suffers as the factory farming, how the United Nations write life stock’s long Shadow in her report. Health insurance sound the alarm because we ruin our health by excessive consumption of meat. Tax hike as subsidies to the meat industry. Should it be normal? Melanie Joy, challenges us to think about going to us. We should make the tradition of factory farming in question. Compares this step, to the first people who made slavery into question. They also did not agree a dominant and violent system. You have admitted their feelings. And when you do that, then a steak is more than a piece of merchandise from the refrigerated counter of the supermarket suddenly. .
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