There have been many deep thinkers over the centuries who have expressed their distaste for our casual exploitation of other creatures, and though their words largely fell on deaf ears, we now finally have a true movement for justice and mercy, thanks to the internet (which pulls back the veil on things once hidden from our sight).
Here’s just one example of the philosophical (and practical) rejection of eating other creatures, written by Plutarch, a Greek biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia:
“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? I, for my part, marvel at what sort of feeling, mind, or reason that man was possessed who was the first to pollute his mouth with gore, and to allow his lips to touch the flesh of the murdered beings; who spread his table with the mangled forms of dead bodies, and claimed as his daily food what were but now beings endowed with movement, with perception, and with voice.
How could his eyes endure the spectacle of the flayed and dismembered limbs? How was his taste not sickened by contact with festering wounds, with the pollution of corrupted blood and juices?
Man makes use of flesh not out of want and necessity, seeing that he has the liberty to make his choice of herbs and fruits the plenty of which is inexhaustible; but out of luxury, and being cloyed with necessaries, he seeks after impure and inconvenient diet, purchased by the slaughter of living beings; by showing himself more cruel than the most savage of wild beasts.”
~ Plutarch (46-120, a.d.), Essay on Flesh Eating
I think Plutarch would be happy to see his words are finally being heard.
I, for one, being half Greek, am proud of this connection to my heritage. 🙂