Hey everyone. Something has been bothering me lately and need to get it off my chest and read some advice from you guys.
We, as a group although having only one distinct similarity - lack of belief in a god, do tend to agree on other matters, specifically matters on belief and morality. When I read many posts here, forming my own opinion of it, that come up and finding out I ham head nodding in agreement with 90% percent of people below.
I have a good, stable and prosperous job that I had for years and that could last to retirement (I’m currently 28 years old) in the catering/cooking industry working as a chef. I love my work. I know what to do.
As seen in the title, I have a moral dilemma for the past year. Over the last year, I am slowly releasing that factory farming and the consumption of meat in its entirety is morally wrong… (but still on the fence - not a solidified conviction just yet).
So participating in the industry is very bad, should i quit my job and go on the unemployment benefit, start a new career in my late 30’s?
They were barriers to this conclusion I have drawn but still no enough I don’t think:
When there are moral and human practices done before and after slaughter. For example, in these building they usually would have bending corridor as to not stress out the animal and show what is up ahead. Some places would also have light bulbs that would have a calming effect and guide them. And nearly 80% of these places are doing their slaughter according to the guidelines, e.g. Either by stunning or one clean cut.
Then I would say to myself “if they had a a) good and b) long upbringing either in the wild or a very spacious farm” would be acceptable. But that raises questions on lamb dishes like two of my favourite Saffron Braised Lamb Shanks or a nice and hearty Lamb and Barley Stew.
Then I would say “it is natural as our ancestors in history would not have survived if they didn’t hunt and consume meat” and “that everything in nature feeds on something and that the majority of animals either a) require meat or b) desire it or c) both”. And yes I you could name animals that have solely a plant based diet like Slots, Koala’s, Giraffe etc. But we all know that that would be an appeal to nature fallacy.
I would really appreciate any thoughts on this. What is your opinion? Can I eat meat but only if I know it was done humanly? If you are a not a vegetarian and see the mass production of meat, how did you reconcile one with the other?
Some extra questions weighing on my mind:
Are Christopher Hitchens and/or Scott Clifton a vegetarian? What are their views on this. It’s hard to find a solid one but I did find this quote to indicate some leaning towards it being a yes for Hitchens. I know we shouldn’t look up to these figures s any prophet but I do tend look up their views on topics from time to time when I agreed and understood their thought patterns before. Like SJW movement back in the day… I would have liked to hear Hitchens view on it.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.