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I've been known to enjoy a rare steak.  I'm no vegetarian, even though I've been though as such, because I'm an elliptical carnivore. Given my druthers, I would not choose protein as part of my eatery, not as a conscious choice, but as a preference.  I love vegetables and starches.  If I can, I'm going to load up my plate with side dishes, not the main meaty course.  That is, until I spaz in a low-iron moment, and then I want a slab of animal muscle as rare as possible.

But I cannot abide by this retardedness.

Just in case you wondered, I have been a very unwilling party to this crap.  I happened to have married into a family whose extended branches thought this was a good endeavor. 

I'm certainly no snake lover.  I'm largely frightened of anything that can bite me, except my cats, who nibble my fingers in play (but whose granny is going to break them of this habit!). 

But this is just part and parcel of the whole Exorcising of Aggression bullshit that goes on day in and day out EVERYWHERE.  It's not a Western Thing.  Or a Southern Thing.  It's an everywhere thing, and I swear, I do NOT UNDERSTAND HOW WE AS A CIVILIZED SOCIETY TOLERATE THIS VARIETY OF FUCKERY TO GO ON.

Here's the what what:  I go through my day without hurting people as best as I can.  I avoid hitting squirrels and chipmunks.  I try to shoo away deer who'd love to eat my daffodils.  I try to think about what I say so as to not be terribly insensitive to someone, unless it's Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt.  Then all bets are off.

If we know for a fairly certain fact that violence towards animals is a stepping stone towards escalating violence on humans, why... or how... can we allow such stupidity to go on?  I scoff at anyone who cries "It's the circle of LIFE!  You've never lived on a FARM, HOR!"  Yeah, well, I did.  I spent a nice bit o' time in that great educator, the country.  No one was hootin about cutting the heads off of animals for sport.  Mostly, there wasn't time.  People had real shit to do.

Shooting Bambi because you love to snack on venison jerky?  Whatever floats your boat, I guess.  Smoking Bambi outta the forest and lopping off his head in front of your kids so they can have that awesome jolt of adrenaline that only bloodletting and black tar heroin can provide?  Please list your name, your children's names and their SSN.  I'd really like to know where you live so that I can move as far away as possible.

Date: 2007-03-11 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dracschick.livejournal.com
yeah, I agree with you.

Date: 2007-03-11 02:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2007-03-11 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] punjabhappy.livejournal.com
I've never ever been able to stomach the site of a dead animal. Any dead animal. My dad and my grandpa both worked for the forest service so I basically grew up loving Bambi. It infuriates me to no end to see crap like snake hunting and shooting animals just for the heck of it.

Now don't get me wrong- I have a definate weakness for prime rib. I DO NOT however support killing animals for "fun". It just sickens me.

Date: 2007-03-12 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldphan.livejournal.com
You know believe it or not, there actually was a movie made about this very topic. I saw it once in a class. For the life of me I cant remember the title, but I can find out on Wednesday. Its really horrible.

I don't know if they still do this, but way back in like the 70's when they did this mass snake killing insanity, they would also crown one 'lucky' girl as like... Miss snake killer or something? Its like the miss America competition, but for snake killing. And like these girls would go and on about how they've dreamed about being the miss snake lady all their lives. It was just so depressing.

I love meat, but this is really just to awful.

-Oldphan

Date: 2007-03-13 06:46 pm (UTC)
my_daroga: Mucha's "Dance" (kitty-kate)
From: [personal profile] my_daroga
Kitty is pissed!

I agree with you. I am a vegetarian, but that's based on lots of stuff that does *not* preclude farming and eating meat. Or even hunting, though I do have certain problems with it on another level. I don't want to eat factory-raised food, and I don't like meat much anyway, but I don't by any means think it's ethically wrong to put meat of any kind in human mouths.

Er... dirty.

Anyway, double entendres aside, lots of this shit is violence-bonding, like hunting is, like the more violent sports or deliberately sadistic splatter films. It ain't about the snakes. It's about a mob, and a feeling of control. I have no problem, actually, with eating snakes. Or gator. Or whatever. These animals are likely raised under conditions a lot better than cows and chickens are these days. But as a display? It's just gross.

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