Out of Sight, Out of Heart
I’m convinced by what I observe that, as Paul McCartney said so many years ago, if slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarians.
Because as I’ve said many times before, most people are compassionate and have a heart for the suffering of an innocent animal.
But even though the internet gives us those glass walls, it is sadly true that most people don’t hit play on the videos to look at what goes on behind the scenes in the meat and dairy industries–the suffering and killing–the psychopathic characters who are allowed to torment animals–the screams of fear and pain.
Being it’s all out of sight unless we are willing to look explains why very good people casually order their chicken or beef without a thought.
It’s the only thing that makes sense to me to explain the lack of concern or desire to know more.
We as humans have a great capacity for compassion, but we also have a great capacity for shielding ourselves from the things we don’t want to know about.
I can’t force anyone to watch a disturbing video or even to read words describing the reality of what we do to animals each and every day for our own “pleasures”, mostly of the palate.
But I can and I will try to speak for the voiceless in any way I can, because a chicken or a cow or a pig is just as capable of suffering as a dog or a cat or a parakeet.
All I ask of good-hearted people is to be willing to at least read about what happens to animals who are merely considered “things” to be used, with no regard to the fact that they are sentient creatures with very real feelings.
If someone simply can’t watch a video of animals being “processed”, then maybe it’s time to ask themselves why.