Among advocacy groups, there’s always lots of talk about reforming animal agriculture—doing away with factory farming, releasing farm animals from generations of bondage and ending so-called livestock abuse that in their minds occurs hourly on every farm and ranch in America.
The queen of such slop is PETA’s founder Ingrid Newkirk. Far too much space has been wasted on dissecting her warped worldview, but for commentators like me, she’s kind of like a vaccination: Every once in awhile, you need to receive a booster shot to maintain your immunity to the persuasions of the vegan proselytizers.
So here goes.
Some time ago, as Newkirk recalled in a recent piece on The Huffington Post, “I began to view ground beef as about as appetizing as that flattened animal you see on the freeway. These days, I find it baffling that our species eats ova and flesh at all.”
Baffling, indeed. Why would anyone on Earth raise livestock, produce milk, eggs and meat and then actually eat those foods? What a ridiculous idea, one that’s been discredited, according to Newkirk, since way back in . . . the 1980s.
Listen to her explanation, and decide for yourself if this is someone with a grip on reality:
“It seems extraordinary that a human being wanders into a supermarket, inhales the aromas from the fruit and veggie aisles, passes right by the almonds and walnuts, the beans and grains, and stands drooling over the mortuary case in the back. It’s as if they are in a horror film called Supermarket Invasion of the Flesh-Eaters.”
Maybe she should be queen of dumb, derivative movie titles instead.
Personally, though, I’ll admit: It’s tough to pass by all those almonds and walnuts when I’m grocery shopping. I’m sure they’d make a dynamite dinner, one that mine and every other child in America would be dying to dig into. But the fact remains that for all the boosterism veggie activists lavish on meatless meals, most of the people in this world living solely on grains and beans are forced to do so because they’re unable to obtain the animal foods they’d prefer.
Plus, about two-thirds of North Americans live in a temperate climate zone, meaning there’s only a single growing season a year. So for a good six months every year, the availability of all those supermarket aromas wafting through the fruit and veggie aisles are due to imported products grown in tropical or semi-tropical climates thousands of miles away.