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One of the things that I have often said here at the Sandpit is that Vegetarians are evil and if the accusation revealed in the senate committee hearing yesterday are factually correct then they are very evil indeed:
THE row over live cattle exports has reignited amid claims Indonesian peasant meat workers were bribed to mistreat animals for explosive television footage that sparked a four-week suspension of the industry.
Liberal senator Chris Back made the allegations before a Senate committee yesterday, raising the possibility that the damaging shutdown of the $320 million-a-year industry could have been based on a lie.
As the ABC television journalist who produced the program that aired the disturbing scenes described Senator Back’s claims as ludicrous, and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig stood by his decision to suspend the live trade, Senator Back, a veterinarian, said he was not in a position to publicly release his evidence.
The animal welfare activist who helped produce the footage denied making any payments, saying that the claims were outrageous. She said that she did not reveal her identity to the meat workers and pretended she was a tourist when she visited the abattoir.
After all just what could possibly be more evil than to create a subterfuge to exaggerate the levels of cruelty in Indonesia so that the trade with them could be suspended?
Watching this one with some serious interest…
Anyone who has been around for a while has probably dabbled with vegetarianism, as fads go it’s pretty popular with a lot of latte sippers who often seem to do this so that they can demonstrate to all and sundry just how committed they are to their ethical perspective, many however end up rather sick of living on lentils and brown rice and relent to the more natural* omnivorous diet. If they do not see the light they could very well end up being very sad and miserable examples of humanity who constantly play on the martyrdom of “I am a vegetarian“.
PEOPLE for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is upset with Barack Obama killing a fly during a televised interview – and are sending him a parcel to prove it.
PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.
“We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals,” PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. “We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”
During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama’s conversation with correspondent John Harwood.
“Get out of here,” the president told the pesky insect. When it didn’t, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.
“Now, where were we?” Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker.”
Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama’s voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.
Still, “swatting a fly on TV indicates he’s not perfect,” Friedrich said, “and we’re happy to say that we wish he hadn’t.”
The nutters from PETA are of course the most militant face of vegetarianism they do the more moderate lentil munchers no favours when they do something as stupid as make a fuss about the US President killing a fly during an interview on TV. Frankly I think that anyone who can actually kill an annoying fly with their hand deserves respect because the pesky buggers are fast and swatting the blighters takes very fast reflexes and a little knowlege of the species.
It is really about having a balanced perspective on the place of humanity on the planet, we are essentially the top predator and we should not feel any guilt about holding that position as long as we are able to maintain enough respect for the living things that we kill and consume to live. but trap and release flies? Hmm that is just so ridiculous that it just brings the whole notion of vegetarianism in to the realm of the absurd.
I think that having a vegetarian diet can be respectable, (as demonstrated by the millions of Hindus ) sadly though the preachy and holier than thou types spoil it for all of those who do it quietly without a fuss.
* for human beings