If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls Everyone Would Be Vegan?

Who wants to see that on their Facebook wall?

I sure don’t.

Death and violence, blood and innards hanging out is disgusting to everyone. Unless you’re a psychopath.

I know I started a series about how I became vegan, but today I want to explore how I didn’t become vegan.

The majority of people would not become vegan (or vegetarian) if slaughterhouses had glass walls.

Footage of horrendous violence towards animals doesn’t make most people change their ways.

I applaud those who changed their ways after watching one of those dreadful clips.

I wasn’t one of them.

I was very aware of the terrible things that happened in this world long before I went vegan.

Between the news of people getting bombarded and killed in foreign countries and the lion killing an antelope on discovery channel, it’s easy to realize we live in a harsh violent world.

It’s just the way it is.

We can’t get around it.

One person cannot change that. There will always be blood and death.

I have always hated this “fact” of life. I despised that violence and death had to occur for me to be “healthy”, I disliked that this was the way humans had to eat.

I actually think it would be hard to find someone that didn’t agree at least a little with that.

The truth is, finding out how gruesome it was to get bacon on our plate is not really shocking to anyone.

We wish things were different, but we can’t see how they can be.

I didn’t become vegan until I finally saw how things could indeed be different than what I had assumed for all these years.

I thought eating meat was normal, natural and necessary.  

I cannot tell you how relieved I was to find out I was wrong.

Acknowledging the dark parts of this world and showing it is not sufficient. I think this is where the clash between meat-eaters and vegans/vegetarian originates from.

The same gruesome footage is viewed very differently once you operate under a new frame work.

Try looking at the image on this post while thinking that eating meat is natural, normal and necessary and try it again thinking that it is not.

In both instances there is disgust and a certain outrage (I mean, did he really have to smile??). However, in the former framework, there is anger stemming from having to suppress guilt. We are not supposed to feel guilt when something is natural, normal and necessary.

There is an underlying hopelessness attached to not being able to see that it is not.

Who wouldn’t get angry and annoyed by someone telling them to change something that you feel you can’t change?

On the other hand, the latter group sees the same picture and thinks “what kind of psychopath can look at that and continue to support it when it’s not normal, natural and necessary to eat meat”?

What do you think? Which group can you relate to?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.


*Picture credit: Rachel Tayse flickr Creative Commons 2.0



4 thoughts on “If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls Everyone Would Be Vegan?

  1. That’s why people have to do the necessary research and walk their own walk. No one person can change another’s belief system if it’s heavily engrained. It’s a tough pill and its bit for everyone to swallow.

    Person waliking the rope between vegan and meat eating. 😂

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  2. Wilful ignorance is one of the biggest issues in our society, especially in this age of convenience, where it is so much more convenient to ignore the horrors of the slaughter house when the meat is packaged so cleanly and socially acceptably at crisp, fresh supermarkets.

    Humans have shown the ability to make a change from what is seen as the norm, and thus what is justified at the norm, for example with the abolition of slavery, advocation of women rights, and the growing global acceptance of homosexuality. Obviously there are still ceilings and prejudices, but we have begun so many movements that are becoming more widespread in this generation. These all have one common theme, they relate to humans. Speciesicm is a more difficult barrier for most people to cross. But every day we see positive signs of compassion and understanding of animal rights in society through law, policy and activists. Times are a changing and these kinds of discussions are what will boost it along!

    Check out our blog on animal rights and sustainability – on thursdays we post discussion topics centering around veganism, animal rights and sustainability. Would love to get your thoughts on some of them 🙂


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