Would People Eat Meat If They Saw How It Was Prepared?

May 4, 2018 at 3:38 AM
My question is partly inspired by a news story I saw, about immigrants. Immigrants are the only ones who do meat preparation. Americans don't do it, because it's just too brutal. (I have nothing against immigrants when I say this. It just happens to be true.)


This got me to thinking. Would Americans still eat meat, if they had to watch how it was prepared?

BTW, as I said before, I am a vegan in my heart of hearts. And I look to a day when all meat production is outlawed. Actually, that may come sooner than later, because meat production is just not economically viable. Most of the investment ends up in the waste. It may be more economical to just grow it in a Petri dish. Why not?

Thank you in advance to all who reply.

May 4, 2018 at 1:40 PM
Most meat eaters I know care at least to some extent about the life of the animals they're consuming. Granted, most do not care enough, otherwise the industry would adapt more rapidly in favor of the life of the animals in it (including the slaughter process of course, which btw is done often in a responsible way already)
I think its clear a lot of people still aren't conscious enough. Confrontation with how meat gets processed from animal to chicken wings/hamburgers is still very useful and needed
May 4, 2018 at 10:17 PM
Me too - although the only animals I ever prepared were rabbits which being small, make less mess, and are easy enough to deal with. I didn't set out to do it - I had a neighbour who used to go rabbiting and as a sign of freindship he presented me with a couple of rabbits every now and then. The idea that I should have just left them to rot or otherwise disposed of them is far worse than chopping them up. If I'd refused the rabbits, my freind wouldn't have understood why. If I'd refused to cut them up, they would have died for nothing. And cooked in a nice caserole, very tasty. It's unlikely these days that it would happen again like that, but I would do the job if necessary.


I also watched my grandmother kill, pluck and gut chickens when I was a kid, so maybe that conditioned me to it at an early age, just as country folk were for a very long time.

I think people who won't look at the way meat is prepared, or find it disgusting or unpsetting probably shoudn't eat meat. It flies in the face of nature to be a pradator who can't stand the sight of some guts and blood. And really it's just putting one's own incapacity or squeamishness onto someone else who will do the dirty work for you.

I suspect there are a lot of people out there who've never even filleted a fish. And actually, that's a worse job than rabbit. But as far as Im concerned, what a person eats and how it gets processed for the table is their own business.

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November 5, 2018 at 3:56 PM
Firstly let me apologise if I sound like a broken record as I read only the title and the first text post rather than going through the whole thread.

The two big words are Cognitive Dissonance
eg. 'it's horrible, what they do, but I love the taste of meat'

Despite that not being a lovely answer, I personally prefer that (only ever so slightly) to someone saying 'don't show me that it's horrible and I want to keep eating meat'

Some people are not as open in a universally empathetic sense.

I may get hate for this, hopefully we are all open and accepting to each other's opinions, but I think that when someone truly sees Eco above Ego they will not eat other animals.