I’m sure if you are vegan and reading this you must have, at least once, gotten such a comment from someone: “But plants too have feelings, you know, you are also hurting them when you eat them…”
Well, to those people who cannot make the difference between the two life forms then the reaction of these kids who went to visit a slaughterhouse, may best describe it.
Edited (Sep 12, 2011): I would like to add a note here, after two readers brought it to my attention, that the articles from the website below (www.newsweak.com) are all fictional. Thank you for bringing this to my knowledge and my apologies for not reading the terms and conditions of the website. I have decided to leave the article here as I think it could have been a true story and I picture the reaction of these children to be very much as described. And I think we can still learn something from this.
Article from Newsweak below:
Eighteen grade 5 students of Mavis Beacon Elementary School are undergoing counseling after a school field trip visit to a beef slaughterhouse. The children reportedly were horrified to see how cows were processed into beef. Some of the students vomited, and most cried.
Their teacher, Maxwell Barnes, faces disciplinary action for organizing the school field trip. “I didn’t see anything wrong with it.” Barnes stated. “Earlier this year we had a field trip to a chocolate factory. Kids have a curiosity about where their food comes from. I don’t think there should be anything wrong with showing them where meat comes from.”
The children were escorted through the facility from the loading bay, where cattle enter the building, through to the stunning process where the animals receive a pneumatic bolt to the brain, rendering them brain dead. “Some of the kids started crying then.” said slaughterhouse foreman Dan Smith. “We told them it was all a natural part of how beef is made and ends up in yummy hamburgers, but that didn’t seem to help much.”
The field trip then went awry after the brain dead animals were chained up by their back legs and then cut into to be bled to death. “I saw one little boy throw up.” Smith said. “And then after that there was screaming and running and all these other kids throwing up all over the place. We tried to calm them down but it was out of control by then. These kids were just freaked out, they didn’t even finish the tour.”
I don’t think these kids would have had the same reaction if they went to visit how potatoes or carrots are harvested. My support to the teacher M. Barnes! Schools should visit slaughterhouses, kids should know where their food come from.
So there you go, a very good answer to the question above to people who can’t make out the difference… Even kids can see the difference.