Animals of the Future - A Call To Vegetarianism
It is the year 2120. I am sitting in a restaurant in Paris and am ready to order my lunch. I am hungry and excited to taste the latest trends in French cuisine. This is my yearly two-week vacation and I intend to eat well!
As I glance at the menu of this cute little ‘bistro’, I imagine living back in the ‘dark ages’ of the previous century, when people were still eating flesh. What would this menu have looked like then? Instead of all the elegant and appetizing dishes such as ‘salade verte au cresson et melon couvert de framboises’ (greens with watercress and melon, topped with fresh raspberries), I would be reading items such as “pâté de foie gras” (goose liver pate) or ‘cervelles de veau’ (calf’s brain). I shudder at the thought. What kind of brute society did my ancestors live in? As a little girl I often gazed at a picture of my grandmother on the wall of our living room and almost could discern the vague outline of two fangs sticking out of her mouth.
My thoughts go back to an article I read a while ago about the schizophrenic nature of my great grandmother’s society. Most people were pet owners who lavished their cats and dogs with exorbitant amounts of affection. Then, they went to the store and bought a piece of flesh of a dead cow or chicken and cooked it for dinner.
I wonder at which point people started to realize that there was something fundamentally wrong with their relationship to animals. Was it after the mad cow disease destroyed most of the animal food industry? Or maybe it was after a large amount of children began to show symptoms of retardation as a result of salmonella poisoning from the eggs they ate?Continued on the next page