I didn’t climb to the top of the food chain to eat lettuce. You eat dry tofu and I’ll eat a juicy steak.
Actually you didn’t climb any food chain. Since you were born, your local grocery store most likely provided food for you that was bred in captivity. You didn’t invent tools and scavenge the remains from animals killed by lions with Homo Erectus two million years ago or make bows and arrows with Native Americans in the New World. Eating never required you demonstrate ingenuity, mental acuity, or strength — only a fork and knife.
If you’re alone in the Amazon in Brazil, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Adirondack Mountains in the United States, or the Sahara Desert in Africa, which wild animal can you kill with your bare hands? The gorilla, shark, bear, or tiger? None of the above. Regardless, your ability to kill doesn’t give you the right to kill.
The idea that humans belong atop the “food chain” is a long promoted fallacy used to justify the senseless and cruel exploiting, abusing, confining, killing, and eating of animals. Your power is derived from Smith & Wesson, not intellectual or physical superiority. There was never any “climbing” involved — only a few inventions long before your time such as the arrow, gun, trap, cage, and factory machinery.
My food choices extend well beyond vegetables and tofu and include countless options including delicious recipes with beans, nuts, fruits, and other foods that don’t require me to claim superiority over the most defenseless among us. Here are some photos of plant-based foods I eat. You may also consider plant-based meats if your palate craves them.
The food I eat now tastes much better and healthier than the food I ate when I consumed the remains of animals. I hope you’ll consider trying some recipes or at least reducing your negative impact on your health, the environment, and animals. Here are some more suggestions to help you begin. Thank you for keeping an open mind.
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., is a volunteer grassroots animal rights advocate and the organizer of the 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals. He writes a zero-profit blog, Kirschner’s Korner, to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive Dr. Kirschner’s new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.