Do you eat hamburgers, yet get upset if someone has a mounted deer head in their family room? If so, you just may be a hypocrite.
Decorating our homes with the apparent remains of dead animals is something that seems to be increasingly thought of as archaic to many people in the modern world. Some people think that having something such as a mounted deer head, or even a cow hide rug, in one’s home is creepy or cruel. The strange thing is that some of the people who are offended by dead animals being turned into pieces of art or furniture via taxidermy have no problem stuffing a hamburger into their mouths and eating what was once a living creature. I guess this has to do with the fact that a hamburger looks very little like a cow and a cow hide rug looks very much like a cow. In the modern world many people have become so disconnected from where their food actually comes from that some of them actually think that all beef products come from cows while not understanding that cow is a term that only applies to female cattle that have had a calf. With this type of disconnection from the production end of the foods that we eat it is really no surprise that some who consider a cow hide rug a creepy thing will completely accept and take for granted hamburgers or leather handbags. It is all a bit hypocritical.
If you are a vegan or a hunter you most likely are not a part of this growing hypocrisy. Vegans at least are consistent in not killing animals for any intentional reason while most hunters actually do eat what they kill and the creature’s non edible remains end up being stuffed and hung up on the wall or are used in some other fashion. However, if you do eat meat or use products made from animals and have a problem those same animals being turned into products that have a strong appearance of the animal when it was alive then you are being hypocritical. Is there really a difference between a hamburger and a steer turned into a taxidermy wall mount? Either way a bovine died. Is there really any difference between a piece of venison and a buck’s antlers that have been turned into a hat rack? Either way it means a deer was killed.
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Some people think that having taxidermy type products made from animals they eat in their homes is disrespectful of those creatures. In ancient times the adornment of homes with products made from animals people ate were considered as a sign of respect for those animals. Respect for the traits of those animals. Respect for the power of those animals. In ancient times everything that could be used from the animals that were killed for food were used. Today some parts of animals slaughtered for food are discarded as rubbish. If you do eat meat it is much more respectful of the creatures who gave their lives to be your food to utilize every possible part of that creature that can be used. If you eat beef having a cow hide rug is more respectful of the bovines that died to provide you with food than letting their hide end up in the landfill. If you can not handle cow hide rugs then you might want to consider putting down that hamburger and becoming a vegetarian.
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