I Tortured 500 Animals: A Confession
I can't believe I am admitting this.
But I tortured animals for pleasure...
At least 500 of them. Probably way more.
I slammed many of them head first into the ground.
I threw little birds into a grinder while they were still alive.
I locked up some animals in cages so small they could not turn around.
I cut off some of their testicles without any anesthesia.
I burned the beaks off of some of them.
I cut off their tails.
I slit their throats and bled them to death.
I scalded many of them in hot water tanks while they were still alive.
I chopped them up into little bitty pieces.
To be honest, I derived pleasure from this...
You might be wondering...
How could I be so evil?
How could I do this?
Now before you write me off as some sadistic person...
I am just like you.
You are just like me.
Like you, I try to be a good person. Like you, I try to treat dogs and cats how they want to be treated. Like you, I believe in the idea of equality.
Like me, chances are good, that you have also tortured over 500 animals. Like me, changes are good, that you have done the exact same things I have done. Like me, chances are good, that you have not always lived out your belief in equality.
When you look in the mirror, do you see a good person?
When I look in the mirror, should I see a person who has rescued animals (cats and dogs).
When I look in the mirror, should I see a person who has tortured 500 animals?
Right now I see both. A person trying to do the right thing. And above all else, I see a person trying to get others to do the right thing and to learn from my mistakes.
Did I Really Torture Animals?
The answer to this question depends on who you consider is responsible.
Let me give you an example:
If I pay someone to kill my wife, and that person goes on to kill my wife, am I responsible for killing my wife?
I think the answer is unequivocally, "yes".
If I pay someone to cut off the testicles of an animals, to lock them up in cages so small they cannot turn around, to slit their throats, or to bleed them to death, am I not responsible for those things?
Now, yes, there are slight morally valid differences between me paying to have my wife killed and paying to eat meat.
Those slight moral valid differences make it so that I would never accuse anyone else (besides me) of directly doing these things to animals.
But the fact remains, we are morally liable for what we are paying others to do on our behalf.
So in a way, yes, I am responsible for all of those things I did to animals.
Looking in the Mirror
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Are you being the person God designed you to be?
If you are eating factory farmed meat, do you see someone God would be proud of?
When I look back at the person who I was, I don't think God would be proud of me for having sent 500 of his children through factory farms.
What I did was participate in one of the worst crimes in history.
When it comes to that part of my life, I wish I could take it all back.
But I can't. So I am left trying to get people to learn from my mistakes and to get people to help animals
The truth is that, at the time I was doing those things (eating factory farmed meat), I had no idea what I was doing it.
Up until that point I was under the assumption that all animals lived like kings or queens.
After all, if we are going to take their lives from them without their consent, "obviously" we are going to give them the best lives possible to even try to make up for it.
That is what I honestly thought...
And it still seems like common sense.
The problem is, that could not be further from the truth.
All of the horrific things I mentioned above were all things I caused because I paid someone to make me cheap meat, dairy and eggs.
Believe it or not, in a court of law, if I pay someone to murder my wife and I am found guilty, I will be charged with murder.
Even if I do not commit the killing myself.
Aren't I guilty if I pay someone to do horrific things to animals even if I do not do them myself?
I think I am.
In the famous words of John Newton, "It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me . . . that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders."
Please learn from my mistake.
Don't pay people to torture animals on your behalf.
Instead, help them.
You can do three things about this:
- Reduce - Cut back on meat consumption.
- Replace - Instead of eating meat, eat plant based meat replacement products or eat more fruits and vegetables. The replacement meat products are incredible nowadays. (Look at Beyond Meat products or try the Impossible Burger for example).
- Refine - If you must eat animal products, at least buy them from higher welfare sources. While this is not ideal and will not stand the test of time (since it can still involve animal cruelty and it still involves the slaughterhouse), it is better than nothing.
Did you know:
If you give up half your meat consumption, you will save over 500 animals just like our dogs and cats from going through factory farms?
In other words, all of those things I said I did to animals at the beginning of this post... Well you can prevent all of those things being done to over 500 animals.
I don't know about you, but someone who saves 500 animals is a hero in my mind.
Who knew you could be a real life hero and help so many animals with so little effort?