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How Dare You?

How Dare You?!

That’s what this incredulous cow seems to be saying to me and to everyone else who passes by.

Maybe she had just rewatched the movie “Earthlings” like I just had. That’s the one that turns you into a vegetarian for two months until you can’t ever again utter the word tofu.

Maybe she had somehow understood the following quote from naturalist Henry Beston mournfully presented in the film.

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

Tofu be damned, maybe it’s time to understand that once again.