Finally! No, not "finally" that I've gotten back to writing a blog post... But "finally" about what I'm writing about! Meat eating has met it's match!
And it wasn't any recent study about it being bad for health... Or the icky stories about pink slime that every one's heard of by now. No. It's about the challenge that the New York Times is proposing as a contest: Tell us why it's ethical to eat meat.
In a 600 word essay, the rules are simple: "This is a very specific contest. Don’t tell us why you like meat, why organic trumps local or why your food is yours to choose. Just tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat."
The deadline is April 8th.
The Village Voice seems to think the judging panel of Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Andrew Light is "stacked".
Carol Adams makes a good point that the panel is made up of all white men and offers suggestions of dozens of alternative judges.
But I'm thinking there won't be any "winners" to judge at all! The most feasible outcome is to award a prize to who lost best as there is NO ethical argument, and emotional pleas will be disqualified - If the rules hold true.
Still there are those that can only reduce the debate down to that... Because that's all they have. The emotional attachment. The physical pleasure. The convenience of habit. None of those "reasons" could ever be considered rational enough to a critical thinker.
Yes, there are those who also think the question shouldn't even be brought up - Because they're fully aware that they live a fluffy, fuzzy, murderous lie: "Meat eaters don’t owe anyone an explanation–particularly not this crowd."
But the long over-due question has been asked. Finally. And meat eaters (aka animal killers) do owe an explanation for such a violent act that causes so much destruction in it's wake. Taking innocent life is serious business. If the deed proves it's self as indefensible - which I know it is... It will then be time to dismantle everything that supports that fluffy lie - In ones personal ethics and in our cultural systems.