Originally Posted by Zack
Unfortunately, I work for a company that sells meals that contain meat.
Today, due to a mistake, 2400 pounds of raw chicken was destroyed due to a mistake. It had to be disposed of only because it was a week old.
This is tough.
Food wastage in general and such....careless disregard for another's body in specifics.
But perhaps, let's look at it this way. Animals and their products are dangerous to consume from a hygienic standpoint (something we've known for a long time, which is probably why there are a lot of 'food' restrictions in religions.....).
The consumption of animals has fallen, despite an increase in population.
Egg replacers are now being used by major brands in the U.S because of disease outbreaks affecting chickens.
None of this is spectacular for the animals, they don't care. They only know they're suffering and dying.
But what it tells me, is we're getting closer to realising that this is not just a 'moral' issue, but a social one. They had to chuck out those chicken's bodies because it would be dangerous to feed them to humans. That's lost money. The false economy of treating sentient beings like they're units of production is clearly displayed in that action. And it will continue that way.
I can't know how you feel right now. The closest I get is watching co-workers at parties saying "I couldn't possibly eat any more" and seeing them mindlessly toss parts of someone into a bin.
But even seeing the wastage, I have hope. It's a start. It means people aren't eating as much, it means people are starting to become aware of the danger. This is the beginning, so it's tough and it's unrewarding. But it's a start.
Also, don't forget, that most of us work for places that aren't vego friendly. You need money, so you're part of the system. Until the work is vegetarian, it's not like you'll have much choice to do something else.
But also, have hope. Things are changing.
I hope all of that rambling makes sense to you.