Since my major is Animal Biology, one of my mandatory courses this semester was Animal Welfare. Very interesting course with lots of reasons to have different opinions. It’s had me thinking about my own thoughts on animal welfare and rights.
One thing I specifically wanted to talk about was the tendency of AR people to go, “Well, how would you like it if you were raised to be killed?” and my very interesting musing I had on what it would actually be like to be in that perspective.
First of all, I would be born in a facility and raised, not knowing much about the outside world. I would have consistent supplies of food and water, shelter treatment when ill, and social interaction (Provided this is a responsible establishment, which is more common than people seem to think). Even if I was in an outside paddock and could see that there was a world on the other side of the fence, I can’t imagine being interested in it at all. Putting myself in that mindset, I would think that the outside would be very scary as it would appear much more chaotic and unpredictable next to my predictable, safe, and consistently satisfying lifestyle.
When slaughter comes, it would be quick and painless and then I would be dead and therefore unable to be bothered by the fact that I was killed for food.
I find it funny when I hear people ask “Well, how would you like to be raised and slaughtered for food?” because it’s such a narrow-minded and presumptuous question. It just assumes that we would carry with us, our current mentality and schemas, into this new situation when the fact is; we would have a whole different perspective and outlook on the world if we were actually in the same position as food animals.