The Heart of Man...
I'm not usually one of those animal rights people. And before anything else is said, I'm a happy omnivore - i.e. I'm a herbivore AND a carnivore.
Also, it is most unfortunate that I have previously done a disparaging post about goings on in China but this disgusted me no end.
This is not an indictment of Chinese people as a people, but it IS an indictment of the people in this video ..... who just so happen to be Chinese.
It is a blessing that we humans are for the most part at the top of the food chain and we have the freedom to pick and choose what we will or will not eat and when or how, but I believe that as humans we MUST respect the creatures that give up their lives so that WE may live. It is a basic requirement for living on this Earth - respect the fucking life.
As far as I'm concerned the people in the following video are heartless and have no respect whatsoever for life. There is nothing funny about the following video and every time I watch it I want to box that stupid woman that is laughing in the video.
The vid is basically a clip and once you watch it you'll know what I'm upset about but something important you need to know is that this did not happen by accident. Apparently, the people that own the restaurant or whatever (this is happening in China btw) have developed and perfected the method of cooking that enabled the situation in the video.
It's beyond cruel. It really is and it reeks of inhumanity, barbarism, and taking the gift of life for granted. It's bad enough that we have to kill to eat, and I make no apologies about eating meat, but for the fact that you have been so fortunate to be born in the position of power in the food chain, have the fucking decency and common sense to bestow a quick and honorable death on the creature that you have chosen to eat.
Decency dictates it. Compassion dictates it. Your fucking conscience dictates it.
This is a bloody fail.
Update: This video clearly demonstrates how this method of cooking works. (watch for the second event)
Update: About a month and a half ago I went out with my Japanese friend and had what I believed at the time to be sushi. I now understand that what I had was Sashimi, and from what little Googling I've done, it appears that Sashimi is sliced from the fish while the fish is alive. This is something that is undoubtedly cruel, and if I had known I would never have touched it, much less even ordered it or agreed to go.
If fishes have souls or spirits, then I pray that the soul of the fish that I ate and that I indirectly caused to be subjected to such torture forgives me. I feel horribly guilty. There is no shame in eating other animals to stay alive, but no animal should ever have to endure being eaten alive when there was a more humane option (this of course excludes what goes on in the wild as decreed by nature).
We do not hold the title 'Human Beings' for nothing. It's about time we started acting like it.