I’m going to call animal abuse on that

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I went up to Carlsbad this morning, to 83 Degrees restaurant at 660 Carlsbad Village Drive, to get a picture of a new mural. Here it is:

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I am not a fan of guns. It might have something to do with my dad killing himself with a gun.

I understand that in some areas of the world animals are killed for food. Heck, even here in America animals are killed for food. I even eat those animals that were killed for food.

I like bacon. I like chicken. I like turkey. I like beef. I like barbecued anything.

As a friend in Texas told me about animals raised for food and the abuse that many of them suffer (loosely quoted): “Even though their purpose in life is to be food for us, there’s no reason why we can’t respect them and treat them right while they are alive.”

So when it comes to trophy hunting or killing any animal for sport, or mistreating living animals simply because they are going to become human food, I’m going to call animal abuse on that.

RIP, Cecil.

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10 thoughts on “I’m going to call animal abuse on that

  1. Colltales

    Your friend is wrong, Russel. The purpose of animals in this world is most definitely not reduced to serving as our food. Time may actually come when either we stop eating them or there won’t be any left. I understand veganism is not for everyone, though, and many of us will eat meat till the day they die. It’s someone’s decision and I’d defend their right to make it, as I expect people to respect my own choices, as long as they’re harmless to others, etc. Also I wouldn’t judge your friend’s character as he may, in fact, be an altogether better person that I’ll ever be. It’s a flawed world, after all, and we’re all in it up to our necks. But there can’t be any mistake about one thing: to respect a living, sentient being means to keep it alive. That is, there are greater responsibilities for those of us lucky enough to have a choice than for those who don’t. The truth is, we’re all capable of terrible and amazing things, and most of them have nothing to do with our dinner choices. That being said, there are so much more to an animal’s life and even egotistically, all the things we gain from them by just being around us, that we could take an evolutionary leap, get over this hump, and find better ways to feed ourselves. But now I’m really sorry; didn’t mean to be so godamn preachy. The more I speak, the less credibility I have. I’ll shut the hell up now. thanks

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  2. domingosaurus

    I eat meat almost every day (usually in the form of a cheeseburger) but you’re right there’s absolutely no reason for the animals we use as food to be mistreated. I actually thought it would be a great idea to have “Natural Causes Farms” where animals are allowed to live out their days, and once they die, are eaten. Of course, it’s a terrible idea. Apparently old animals taste horrible. But killing animals for sport is just wrong.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I like “Natural Causes Farms” but in this 24/7 world in which we live now, I suspect there supply would never be able to keep up with demand.

      One thing I learned when I was in 4H and FFA was to never name any animals that would eventually be used as food. That was tough to do but it taught me a lot about animals and the food supply.

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  3. Anny

    When I expressed concern at a truck stop about cows being tightly packed into the trailer, the driver actually grinned and said, “Ma’m, where they’re going, it won’t matter.” That was in 1991 and I haven’t eaten beef since. (I’m slowly working on poultry but really have trouble giving up bacon, dang it!)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I pretty much quit eating beef when I came to San Diego. I changed my diet to a healthier one. I think I might have had a beef hamburger ten times since April 1993. Otherwise, I pretty much eat chicken, turkey, and fish. I do admit a certain addiction to bacon, though, but I did give up pork chops.

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