National Meatout Day. Or Is It?

Today is National Meatout Day – a day to asking those that eat meat to abstain for one day and see what other options are out there. All across the county groups are gathering to education on the joys of a meat free diet.

As a vegan I talk about my dietary preference to anyone who is curious. Most people will agree that the way animals are treated is abhorred and should be changed. Of course, that’s not always enough to encourage a switch, but at least I can see they have some level of compassion.

Given most people at least understand the ill treatment of animals it is rather disturbing to see Michigan representative Dave Camp has retaliated against National Meatout day proclaiming today as National American Meat and Poultry appreciation day. Isn’t poultry meat? I guess Dave really loves chicken and wants to make sure we don’t confuse the general term for animal flesh, meat, with the grotesque name given to chicken flesh, poultry. Rather cleverly Dave throws in American which is actually nice considering he wants to include so many other countries. Similarly, National Meatout Day is being celebrated all over the globe, but I imagine no other person is so cruel as to proclaim the day National Cow and Chicken Torture day as Dave has.

Dave Camp cited the following as his reasoning:

“No one can dispute the fact that agriculture, including the meat and poultry industry, has buoyed the Michigan economy through an extremely difficult period,” Camp said in a statement.
He noted the $15 billion meat and poultry industry in the state supports 136,000 families.

So murdering animals is great because it got you through a hard time? Maybe Dave needs to check out the fact that meat consumption leads to many diseases and general ill health. Well, I guess that’s ok, because it will keep doctor’s paid well and ensure they don’t have their own financial crisis.

The idea that one would appreciate dead flesh seems a bit Jeffrey Dahmer or Ed Gein. But then again we could view this as a day to actually appreciate those wonderful animals that provide that meat to the masses and just abstain from eating them – just for one day – is that too much to ask?

In the article Granholm spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said.

“We suggest that people should not take this too seriously, and we remind everyone that with March Madness upon us, there will be a lot of chicken wings and burgers consumed on Saturday as people follow the NCAA tournament.”

I found this quite appropriate as it is shear madness to condone the torture and murder of animals. But, that’s our society. We bathe in the blood of other countries, why not bathe in animal blood too?

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