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If we could hold conversations with animals, would we all be vegetarians?
Well of course we would, most of us anyway, except cannibals, and rednecks. It’s much harder to kill and eat something you can identify with.
In this day and age where most meat comes pre-packaged, few make any real connection between the chewy stuff in their mouths and real live animals. In fact, many people who live in cities have never even seen a cow, pig or chicken up close. If they had to be there when it was killed, they’d probably be eating lentils for the rest of their lives, and that’s without animals talking. If they were to start pleading for their lives, or cracking a few good jokes, very few would be able to face munching on their flesh with a crispy side-salad.
Then again, if it’s easier to eat something you can’t empathise with, if the animals started spouting a right-wing, neo-con agenda, I’d be asking for the ketchup faster than you could say “do you want fries with that?”
Well, ok, probably not…