“All a chicken wants is to be the same every day, to eat his fill and be comfortable. I think that’s a sign of low intelligence.”—
Edwin Jemison, chemical salesman to chicken producers.
My husband and I had a heated discussion about what animals should or shouldn’t be eaten (I’m pro-chicken eating and anti-pork), on doing some research I ran across this quote. Ironic, much?
wayspo said: I used to listen to a podcast that claimed eating chicken was ethically the worst or animal products. I think the argument had to do with the quantity of chickens killed compared to other animals — and the horrifying factory farm conditions.
I think factory farmed anything is the worst. Plants or vegetables. My argument with Jamin is that all sustenance is part of the “circle of life” - there is no way to have an ethically pure diet in regards to all life forms. I don’t see much difference between a chicken and corn, intellectually. Even most plants can survive conditions that turkeys can’t.
I agree with this! It is a circle of life. I find it difficult to rank beings, and find I get on shaky ground when I try. One way to look at this is just a numbers game. If all beings have a certain sanctity, perhaps the goal is to just minimize the number and way in which we harvest them? Animals consume multiple plants to live, so I figure eating plants is the way to go.
I think it’s a wise thing for people to adopt a more ecologically friendly diet, and eating more plants can be a good way to do it. I hesitate to say that veganism is more healthy for the planet or for the individual countries where our food comes from, though, because agriculture can be just as destructive (like with Bolivia + quinoa).
An animal can eat the same crop for it’s entire life - a human cannot.
I found a good quote by Lierre Keith:
“We have to build relationships with the creatures that make our lives possible and with whom we share this planet. And that’s all of them–the bacteria, the plants, the insects, the birds. Not just the mammals. Everybody else. Animals are only 15% of life.
In a biological sense, this is a planet of bacteria. They are the people doing the basic work of life. They keep the basic cycles going–the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle, without which no animals would be here. We need to get profoundly humble before the incredible activities they do that make our lives possible. That humility needs to be the basis of our culture, our religion, our reality.”