Monday, February 28, 2005

Do You Meat?

I like reading during my bathtime. It's one of the chief pleasures of my simple canine life.

Tonight I was perusing the pleasantly weighty Meat cookbook by Mr Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, meat farmer, chef, restauranteur, cookery writer, and overall cheery-looking chap.

Call it a morbid fascination, but I really enjoy looking through cookbooks that show you what food actually looks like before it arrives at your dining table. As in, with legs, running around fields and green spaces, and later, still with legs but hanging upside down from a hook with its head cut off.

Yes, we should all be aware of exactly what we are eating and where it comes from (Korean dog-eaters, I'm talking to you). And yes, we should be grateful for the meat we eat, and attempt to use every last scrap of the animal to maximise the benefit gained from its death. Hey that'd make a good slogan- "Eat It All Or Don't Eat It At All". I once read an interview where the Japanese girl from Blonde Redhead said something along the lines of "We love meat, but we don't eat it very often. We try to be really thankful each time we eat it and think about where it comes from". The way she puts it is a bit dithery, but I agree with her philosophy.

But it's not just a question of the morality of killing another living thing for one's own consumption. Eating commercially farmed meat can be very, very bad for the environment. Apparently it can take up to 100,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of meat. It sounds like an awful lot, doesn't it, although of course they never tell you how much water it takes to produce, say, a kilo of baby bistro salad mix, or the fact you would need to eat a wheelbarrow's worth of the stuff to even begin to satisfy those hunger pangs.

But where it really gets interesting is when the vegetarian/carnivore debate intersects with the fur/anti-fur spat. Personally, I'm fake fur all the way, and I'm a toy dog so I'm off the hook about the meat-eating thing. But I just find it simply hysterical listening to meat eaters try to put forward a consistent argument about why it's ok to eat meat but not wear fur. "You're eating it, so it's not as wasteful" is typically the first thing that comes out of their mouths. "But wearing a fur coat isn't wasteful if you live somewhere freezing cold." "Yes, but most fur wearers don't live in places that cold." "Most?" "Well, definitely some at least." "Why is wearing fur considered gratuitous when it's not necessary to eat meat for survival?" "Er..."

The one that gets me especially is rabbit. Time and time again I've seen girls practically fall over faint at the sight of someone wearing a bunny scarf. "Ooooh how could they?" they squeal, "it's soooo disgusting. Poor fluffy bunnies." Whenever I hear that I have to duck my head down and nip the insides of my thighs to keep from puking. What's so cute about damn rabbits? In my opinion, the only thing they're good for is lapin moutarde a la creme- recipe's on page 316.


Blogger Natsthename said...

If I check my mouth, I see that I am endowed with canine teeth, and, therefore, I was born to partake in the chewing of flesh meat. Who am I to argue with good design? I will leave the eating of dog meat to the Koreans, though. :-)

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Anonymous Big Dog said...

I'm loving this little pup! But please be careful when taking a bath not to become a hot-dog!

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