Torture and Satisfying Taste
It’s All in Good Taste Alastair Norcross Suppose that a man got into a car accident and was treated at the hospital. The next day, he is able to go home and he decides to go to his favorite restaurant where he goes to have his favorite chocolate mousse. Once he tries it, it seems rather bland and not necessarily how it’s supposed to taste. He goes to the doctor and finds out that in the accident there was damage to his Godiva gland, which is responsible for secreting cocoamone, the hormone responsible for the satisfying taste and experience of chocolate.
The doctor continues, telling him about a study that was not told to the public for the fear of what many would think, or say. This study showed that under high stress and physical abuse of puppies, these defenseless animals are able to produce cocoamone in the brain. This fact intrigues the man so much that he wants to see if, maybe, performing that study would allow him hope in being able to indulge and satisfy his memory for the taste of chocolate. He then decides to hold captive several puppies in his basement, which he mutilates and tortures.
Once the police are informed out about this, they accuse him of animal abuse. His only justification is his belief that he wasn’t doing anything wrong; he just wanted to satisfy his sweet tooth. In this short article, Torturing Puppies and Eating Meat: It’s All in Good Taste, the main argument is that animals should not be tortured, mutilated, and put to suffer to provide humans with the satisfying taste of meat. Our gustatory pleasure is not as important as the lives of animals. The example used in the article to explain this argument was the “Torturing Puppies” argument.
Anyone who has compassion and emotions would agree that saving the lives of the puppies is the right thing to do, as opposed to killing them just for a momentary, gustatory experience. This is the same with the meat farms and consumers. Many animals such as chickens are ripped off of their beaks. Baby cows are put in cages to make their meat tender by not allowing their bones and muscles to grow. Pig’s tails are cut off and are subject to enclosed spaces. The living conditions of these animals are poor. Hormones are being injected into animals, negatively affecting the consumer’s overall health.
All of this torture, just to kill these animals for gustatory pleasure, seems just as bad as the puppy example mentioned before. If just one person is able to stop eating farm raised meat and go vegan, the chance of others becoming vegan because of that one person is greater. In the future, that one person may be the cause of a bigger change. The more people stop eating meat, the fewer animals will be tortured and killed for their meat. If we humans were to put ourselves in the positions of the animals, we would not be fond of the whole process of farm raising meat. Meat is not a necessity.
Many other foods can give the same nutrients and the same pleasure meat can, without allowing harm to come to any animals. Giving up meat will not only help the quality of life in animals, but it will also help the quality of life in humans. Humans will seek more vegetables, legumes, beans, and seeds as a source of protein. But overall, the most important thing to remember is that the life of innocent animals is more important than the simple pleasures of humans, and therefore we should act morally, fair, and just. Humans should have compassion and care towards innocent animals; creatures that cannot for their own sake, help themselves.