VeggieBoards banner

1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
102 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I was showing my parents the "Meet Your Meat" video last night (my mom is <i>that</i> close!) and it got to the part I always have to look away at because pigs are my favorite animals (and elephants, but that has nothing to do with this). So when I badly time my looking back at the tv and see the part with hundreds of pigs climbing over eachother in the truck... I hear my dad (get this) <i>laugh</i>. He <i>laughed</i>. Not a "oh my god I hope those factory farmers die" kind of laugh a "Ha, that's funny" laugh. I am utterly speechless. Does anyone else find that part funny because I'm failing to see it...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,921 Posts
Well, i haven't seen MYM but I doubt I'd find anything funny in it!<br><br><br><br>
Maybe he's masking his true reaction? Like giggling through a sad part of a movie to keep from crying because you don't want others to see you? That's the only thing I can think of at the moment!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,079 Posts
I haven't seen MYM, but I did watch Peaceable Kingdom and cried through most of it. Sorry your dad had such a bad reaction to it. I agree that it's possible he was covering up his feelings by laughing. If he agreed with you and said it was horrible, he'd have to justify it if he were still going to eat meat. This way, by laughing, he can say it didn't bother him at all and continue to eat meat with a clear conscience. Try not to feel too badly about it and good for you for trying to spread the word about the horrors of factory farming.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
658 Posts
Sounds like a lot of responses I've seen and heard in response to finding out i'm a vegetarian. My brother would do something like that, just laugh. Or people will try to gross me out on purpose by talking about big bloody steaks, and the like.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
160 Posts
I think my dad would do the same thing if I showed him that video (he's a hard-core meat-eater). Though I havn't seen MYM, (I wouldn't be able to handle it), if one of my family members laughed at a part in the video like that, I would probably be so outraged I would want to hurt them, and maybe give them a glimpse of what it's like for those animals.<br><br><br><br>
I took my mom and grandma to Farm Sanctuary a few weeks ago for a tour to see the animals, and they kept saying some insulting things and while we were driving home we saw some "dairy" and "meat" cows in a field and my grandma said "Those cows look happy enough to me". I just wanted to scream in her face "Do you think they'll look happy when they're at the slaughter houses getting their necks slit so they can become your unnecessary dinner!!??!!"<br><br><br><br>
I understand how hard it can be being in a non-veg family (I'm assuming yours isn't vegan/vegetarian), and how you feel like you hate them sometimes...(I feel the same way sometimes), but that's why I try to steer clear of issues/topics regarding my beliefs because I know that they will never understand, nor even try to.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
102 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
I guess I should stop trying to change someone who doesn't want to change... but I'm thankful for my mom. I've almost got her and I think I even convinced my grandma to try veg (my mom's pledging for 30 days). Seeing these people try something different just because of me is definately a step in the right direction.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
45 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Carwere15</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I guess I should stop trying to change someone who doesn't want to change... but I'm thankful for my mom. I've almost got her and I think I even convinced my grandma to try veg (my mom's pledging for 30 days). Seeing these people try something different just because of me is definately a step in the right direction.</div>
</div>
<br><br><br><br><br>
Oh, I wouldn't say that. My father spent 30 years of his life as a cattle farmer. Now, he's nearly veg. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I guess it is a streak of sadism, but sometimes I find stuff like that funny too. Don't get me wrong, I'm a vegan animal rights and human rights activist, but in some of the videos for animal rights and human rights there'll just be one small comical moment - and because the rest of the video is so terrible and hard to deal with, you cling on to that one moment that is even remotely funny and laugh out loud at it. <i>Anything</i> to distract away from what you're seeing...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,934 Posts
In my youth I had to help unload a pig truck the upper deck of which had collapsed, spilling dozens of pigs onto the ones below. Many were horribly injured. It wasn't in the least funny, but some of the guys who were helping laughed. I think it might be a guy thing to laugh at horror, to prove how tough you are and how unaffected by such things. To cry would be "unmanly," even to show sympathy would be to show weakness.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
172 Posts
last year in iowa, several pigs were being shipped to a slaughterhouse when a few of them tried to escape...from what i heard, they leaped out of the semi onto the highway, either dying on impact or proceeding to be run over by motorists. my boyfriend and his mom thought it was <i>hilarious</i> that there were entrails on the highway, and the little creatures who tried so hard to escape death perished anyway. i have no f'n clue why anyone would find amusement in the death of an animal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,546 Posts
I thought that part was funny too. But hey, don't let that stop you from kidding yourself into thinking whatever suits your ideal situation.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
102 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I thought that part was funny too. But hey, don't let that stop you from kidding yourself into thinking whatever suits your ideal situation.</div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
Wow, I'm speechless... that was totally unneeded.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
102 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
I know I sound petty about this. It's less about how "funny" he thinks whatever is. I was sitting there and he knows how drop-dead serious I take this. It felt like he was insulting what I stand for. I know him and he doesn't take me seriously but the least he could do is not insult the people who made the video and go on about how "uncommon" this is. HIS HEAD IS A ROCK!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,546 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">It felt like he was insulting what I stand for.</div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
You might think people would come to expect that when what they stand for is a threat to everyone else's way of life.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,777 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Carwere15</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I know him and he doesn't take me seriously but the least he could do is not insult the people who made the video and go on about how "uncommon" this is. HIS HEAD IS A ROCK!</div>
</div>
<br>
How common is it?<br><br><br><br>
And, it's very likely that HE feels YOU don't take him seriously. And that you don't respect his thoughts or values or parental guidance. Often, you have to give respect to receive it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
156 Posts
yeah id try not to let it bother you too much. everyone has their own beliefs, but he is still family! My family doesnt agree with my choices, so i just dont tell them a whole lot about them. its one thing to let someone know your point of view...but how is telling someone not to eat meat any different than somone trying to get YOU to eat meat? is there actually a "right" and "wrong" thing to do? i just think its all a matter of choice...i dont think its bad to let someone know how you see things, but not everyone is going to agree. i try to respect other people's decisions...even if i think it is disgusting.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,090 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OregonAmy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
He probably thought it was funny watching the animals climb all over each other.</div>
</div>
<br>
Yep. And although the content of that particular video is rather sad and depressing, under other circumstances that would be pretty funny. It'd be like watching your dogs running and playing and having fun and then coming up to a patch of ice and all of them falling down and spinning around. It's not sadistic to admit that's funny.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25,067 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>banana_popsicle</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
but how is telling someone not to eat meat any different than somone trying to get YOU to eat meat?</div>
</div>
<br>
Oh, it is quite different.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
102 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
Talking about this now seems pointless to me. I've accepted what happened and forgotten about this. Ans <i>seriously</i> Scythe, what did I do to offend you? Because I don't feel I deserve that.
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top