Self-Deception and Slaughter: The Psychological Salves Required to Kill
March 21, 2012 3 Comments
The following images of self-slaughterers (and, in one case, a witness of a slaughter) are accompanied by short commentaries on the justifications offered for undertaking the butchery, or the meaning of the act. The point here is as simple as it is disturbing: when humans choose to kill an animal they know doesn’t want to die they’re forced to weave a protective narrative that obscures the inherent and unnecessary aggression of thier action.
First comment on this person’s blog: “Good for you for taking back another piece of your food chain.”
A student participating in a chicken butchering workshop at Fairhaven College: “I realize now, more than ever, that the chicken on my dinner plate was a living creature and that it had to be sacrificed for my consumption.” (I wonder if they offer Ethics 101 at Fairview?)
“Death is only one day . . .”
“I felt a whole lot of pride, and I felt like a real farmer . . .”
It strikes me as deeply troubling that we’re so indifferent to the emotional lives of animals that we can justify killing them on the basis of the following “arguments”: killing animals is a way to fight the power of corporate influence; killing animals has to be done as part of some skewed sense of the natural order; death is meaningless if life was lived well; and killing an animal instills pride in the agrarian life.
Just in case you’re not yet thoroughly depressed, I’ll end with this excerpt from a magazine I recently discovered called Backwoods Home Magazine: