There’s always something deeply disturbing about this kind of testimonials. Take a look.
“Cows really do connect with their calf and spend a lot of time taking care of them. It’s a beautiful relationship.”
“They know their mom by the sound of their voice. So she’s bonding with that baby right at that moment. It’s an emotional connection. For me, too.”
And then you have this:
“We want them to be happy and comfortable,” said Lyons-Blythe, “and then ultimately they are slaughtered for our consumption. So it is an important part of the food chain and an important part of what I do. But it matters to me that we treat them with respect. That we take care of those cattle in such a way that they are respected and appreciated for what they do for us.”
A welfarist dream, sure. Which translates into welfarist crap.
I’m not even going to comment the food chain part because it doesn’t even make sense. As for the rest:
Respect! The magic word whose meaning has been perverted almost as much as the meaning of “compassion” and “humane”. How can you respect those you exploit? What does that word even mean in a context where you enslave and kill sentient beings? How is respect consistent with ending someone else’s life for tradition, pleasure and convenience?
Those animals “do” nothing for us. It’s us who take it all from them. It’s us who dispose of their lives as if they were mere resources (how much would this person care for their lives if she couldn’t benefit from them?)
Note that I’m not saying these people are bad. I just think society can’t go on like this. We can’t keep spewing words such as love, compassion, respect, humanity and decency while we maintain a primitive system that abuses the most vulnerable. Because when we stop doing things out of simple necessity, the morality of our actions can be questioned. And ours should have been questioned long ago.
We treat our cows just like any member of the family, I’m always trying to get as much milk from my mom’s tits, even my sister’s!! Even my brother has to give his titty milk! It’s only fair!! This is how I chose to make my living! When they grow “old and tired” I’m gonna sell their parts off, make real good use of them, don’t worry! We are a family and nothing going on here was coerced/forced at all!
Ever notice how when justifying a child’s misbehavior no one ever says stuff like “girls will be girls” or “she’s a girl”, but the list of things a “young lady” can’t do is almost endless?
You learn from a young age that masculinity comes with freedom; femininity comes with restrictions.
When I tell people my butter is vegan: ew wtf this is disgusting where’s the diary
When I don’t tell them it’s vegan: THEY JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP AND EAT THE BUTTERED BREAD LIKE THEY WOULD IN ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE FFS
the gender binary is so pointless and fragile you can confuse people with nothing but eye makeup and soft muscle tone it’s like covering your face while playing with a baby and seeing them wonder where you magically disappeared to