Word of the Day – Pro-Slaughter Activist
April 9, 2011 § 16 Comments
I will say this again, since I seem to have to repeat myself over and over again:
I am not a member of PETA
I own horses. They live on my property. I take care of them myself.
I compost their manure.
I have been around and/or worked with horses for 30+ years.
I do eat meat. I try to eat as little as possible.
I try to buy local (no matter what it is). It reduces my carbon footprint, and you’re more likely to get better, healthier food.
I compost leftover food.
I am not a member of PETA. Yes I know I repeated myself.
I believe we can own pets, and keep them – as long as we’re responsible for them (including feeding, veterinary care, proper inoculations, and when it comes to dogs and cats in particular – spaying and neutering them all – when it comes to horses – gelding all colts unless they are of extremely good bloodlines and an exemplary example of the breed).
I do not think all animals should be “set free”.
Need I go on?
That being said…
I realized something today. I have been politely referring to people who ACT like pro-slaughter activists as the “pro-slaughter proponent”. I’m being too polite.
See, they call me “animal rights activist” and “terrorist” and “PETA” and any number of other things – while the proper term for me is “animal welfare advocate”. Why am I being so polite back? They toss around the words ignorant, stupid, idiot, etc. They assume I’m “city-folk” and have never owned a horse. They assume I’m a vegetarian or vegan. They assume the closest I’ve come to a horse is to watch Flicka (seriously, I’ve seen it before, and someone even said that to me in a comment here, on my own blog!).
It constantly amazes me that pro-slaughter activists (a term I’ve just coined and intend on using from here on out) – of all walks of life – act like three year old children having a temper tantrum. They out-and-out lie to make their point, they ignore facts and statistics to make their point, they start screaming, crying and saying ignorant things when you calmly point out the flaws in their logic, and when you calmly continue the discussion pointing out facts they finally just curse, swear and say mean irrelevant things. Oh the list goes on and on.
Of course, there are people just as bad in the animal welfare advocate group. They spout religious or sentimental crap all the time which just makes me cringe (but of course pro-slaughter activists find their own bible quotes to back their side too – equally cringe-worthy). I understand there is a lot of emotion on this side of the fence – but that sort of drizzle does nothing to help the welfare of the horse (or any animal). Because of the emotions, I see a lot of violent sentiment (‘you should be hung live and skinned like a horse and see how you like it’ etc.) which I also think is detrimental to the cause. People, we need to remain factual and logical to get anywhere!
Personally, I do curse. But I rarely curse at people. I’m more likely to say something along the lines of “I’ve never heard so much bullshit in my life” as opposed to “you’re a fucking retard” although the inclination is sometimes hard to resist. I believe there is a difference, as saying “you’re a fucking retard” is not the way to actually have a conversation with someone. Them’s fightin‘ words!
So, to end my short little rant, I would like to point out that there are retards on both sides of the fence, but from now on the “opposition” is now going to be called “pro-slaughter activists”. I wonder if it’ll catch on…