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But, what thoughts come to mind when you see the image on the right? Cute, it’s kind of a rigged audience… you are in a vegan restaurant. But you know, when I go to a classroom, half the response, you get half of the kids, “Oh, cute, animal, pig, Wilbur, Babe.”
So half the class will see an animal and the other half of the class will see bacon, sausage, ham, pigs, rib, pork and hot dog. Those see a food. It’s one or the other. Either you’re seeing an animal, or you’re seeing food.
Now, what would happen if I took one of the pigs living, brought it into the room right here and put him right in front of you? Does that change it? Now what do we see? I mean, what would we think if one of us got up and start chewing on the pig? Not very normal.
If I come into the room with a pig under my arm, how many of your mouth starts to salivate? All right! If I take a pig and put it under your nose, what do you smell? Smell pig. Just like if I take a dog and put it under your nose, you smell dog. A cat, you smell a cat.
If I took a knife, and I sliced that pig in half. And put that under your nose, Now what do you smell? Blood. You smell rotting corpse, bacteria, decomposing flesh. You see there is a process involved, and I am here today, to show you that process of how you convert this animal, into this product.
Why should it be kept a secret? Why should we not know what we are participating in? And what we are putting in our body? Now let’s make the situation slightly more realistic.
If I were to put a pig on this side of the room living, and a butchers knife on the side of that room, how many people would be willing to pick up the knife and take the life of that animal? It’s very rare right? And if somebody did that, that’s all right, but how many people would try to stop that person from doing it? Right. Would we try that? of course, that’s compassion. That is the greatest quality of the human race. There is no other species on this planet that has that level of compassion to extend to all living beings.
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But, if you would stop somebody from killing a pig in front of you and then go home and have this for breakfast that’s called hypocrisy. Just because it comes in a nice neat package all dressed up in the supermarket, just because you didn’t take the knife and shove it through their jugular just because you didn’t get blood on your clothes and just because you didn’t hear their screams, it does not mean that you did not participate in the killing. Every time we buy this product, we are supporting somebody else doing what we ourselves would not want to do, what we ourselves would not want to see, and what we ourselves would not want to hear.
Now, if you still see bacon, sausage and ham when I bring a pig into the room, what happens when I change it to… What’s that it supposed to – Here we go. All right. That’s the common response.
Now I never heard anybody say “yumm” nobody ever sees dog, food, hot dog. So, why not? Why don’t we see a food? What? We have been accustomed to view this animal as our pet. I mean, how many of you have a dog, or a cat, right? How many of you have a pig? Not so much. Alright. So…
But there are other cultures, there are other cultures and again, the cultural story for us is, “this is your pet”. In another culture, in certain parts of the world, they eat cats and dogs. That’s their culture, that’s their story they have been told. How do you feel about that? A lot of people think it is disgusting, right? I imagine every one of you probably thinks it is disgusting to eat a dog. Why would it be disgusting to eat this animal, and not disgusting to eat this animal? Why would it be wrong to eat this animal, and right to eat this animal?
And most importantly, why would it be wrong to kill this animal, and right to kill this animal? Culture. It’s culture, it’s the story, it’s the Matrix that we have been told. One culture sees this as a pet, this as a food. Another culture might see this as a pet, and this as a food. Another culture might see both as food.
In certain parts of India, the cow is sacred. They would never think about eating a cow in certain parts of India. Is that wrong? Is that unnatural? That’s just the story they have been told. But culture is just a story . That’s all it is. It’s just make-believe.
What I’m concerned with is what is natural to the human species. Because every culture has a different story. But if you take someone from Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, and we are all the same species. We are all human beings. So, let’s take a three-year-old from any country in the world and you put that 3 year old in the room and you line up 5 animals in front of that 3 years old, a pig, a dog, a cow, a cat and a chicken. Do you think the 3 year old will going to know which one to eat and which one to pet? What’s the 3 years old most likely going to do? Or try to do? Play with them all. He is going to try to play with them all. The 3 years old has to be taught, “no, no, no, no, don’t play with him, eat him, play with him, pet him.” That’s what we were taught. We didn’t choose our diet. Our diet is a learned behavior.