Eating Animals at Animal Rights EventsPosted by Geoff Fleck, ALDF Attorney on May 31st, 2011
Maybe I am barking up the wrong tree, but I have a pet peeve. It's an issue that I've been chomping at the bit to air for some time now. Listen - first of all, I am not trying to come off like some high and mighty know-it-all. I'm not saying I am better than anybody else, or that I have an inside track on what's right or wrong... I'm just as big a hypocrite as anybody else. But golly gee whiz folks, when we animal lovers/defenders/activists/ lawyers/caregivers get together for a seminar, why on earth do the event organizers serve meat?
I just don't get it. We get together for hours and days sharing a wealth of knowledge about how to serve the interests of the sentient creatures with which we share the planet, we rail against those who don't share our heightened sensitivity to their suffering and abuse, and we use our combined intelligence to fashion ways to serve the cause of animal welfare – all while being offered pieces of cows and pigs to munch on. If nothing else, what message are we sending? Aren't we trying to raise the collective conscience of those who have yet to consider such issues?
I understand the argument that vegetarianism/veganism is a personal choice and that carnivorism is, often times, a "choice" borne out of thoughtlessness. Nevertheless, it makes no sense to me at all to serve harvested, butchered and dismembered pieces of flesh at seminars devoted to the causes of animal protection. Can't we abandon the habit for an hour or a day, if for no other reason than to simply make a point?