Rabbit Meat at Whole Foods: Why is it worse than other meat?
There are protests planned against rabbit meat at Whole Foods, but how is rabbit meat any worse than pig meat or cow meat?
Select Whole Foods throughout the U.S. are going to start selling rabbit meat, and from what I’m reading, people are mad about it. When Jill Ettinger wrote about rabbit meat at Whole Foods earlier this week, we got a few outraged comments.
I can understand folks in the vegan community getting upset about rabbit meat. We don’t eat any animal products, and adding an animal to the list feels like a step backward. But many of the protestors against rabbit meat at Whole Foods eat meat themselves. Just not bunnies.
This whole thing reminds me a little bit of what Tanya Sitton had to say during the Burger King horse meat scandal last year. If you’re revulsed at the idea of eating a bunny or a horse, how do you justify eating other animals who are just as personable and experience pain in the same way that a rabbit does?
I’m not saying that I’m down with rabbit meat at Whole Foods. I am confused about how we as a society decide which animals we will and won’t eat.
Why is it not okay to eat a rabbit, but it’s okay to eat a pig, who is an intelligent, social creature? Why is it not okay to eat a rabbit, but it’s okay to eat a cow, who has the capacity to form friendships with her kin? Why is it not okay to eat a rabbit, but it’s okay to eat a chicken, who also has the ability to form friendships, even across the species line?
I am genuinely curious about the line in the animal kingdom between what is and isn’t socially acceptable to eat. Are you upset about rabbit meat at Whole Foods? How do you feel about eating other animals or exploiting them for their milk or eggs? As a long-time vegan, I feel that every death is a tragedy, whether it’s a sweet bunny rabbit or a turkey slaughtered for the Thanksgiving table. From that perspective, it’s hard to understand how to draw that line.
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