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Isn’t eating an animal part of the circle of life?

December 5, 2013

I have had many people tell me that it is acceptable to eat animals because it is part of the Circle of Life.

What is the Circle of Life?

In the beginning we are conceived and then born.

We live, we eat, we produce waste, we grow from young to old if we are lucky.

If we are even luckier, along the way we have freedom, happiness and love – the important things that make life worthwhile.

And then one day we die.

This is the natural Circle of Life.

But there is another circle and I will refer to it as the Circle of Kill.  You will find that the circle of kill is not a part of nature and none of the following will be found in any natural setting where carnivores roam free.  Click on the word carnivore to learn more about carnivores.

Number One:  Rape

Every animal on a farm must be forced into pregnancy.  It does not matter if it is a family farm or a factory farm.

Number Two: Infant disposal/sales

Next comes birth and immediate disposal or sale of the infant, depending on whether or not the infant is profitable.  Some animals are allowed to nurse their young for a short while if deemed profitable. The cost of disposal determines the means so as not to affect profits.

Even on a family farm they must deal with the babies as they are born. An infant’s worth is based on its profitability and not on its life essence.

“The very saddest sound in all my memory was burned into my awareness at age five on my uncle’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. A cow had given birth to a beautiful male calf. The mother was allowed to nurse her calf but for a single night. On the second day after birth, my uncle took the calf from the mother and placed him in the veal pen in the barn – only ten yards away, in plain view of the mother. The mother cow could see her infant, smell him, hear him, but could not touch him, comfort him, or nurse him. The heartrending bellows that she poured forth – minute after minute, hour after hour, for five long days – were excruciating to listen to. They are the most poignant and painful auditory memories I carry in my brain.”

— Dr. Michael Klaper

Number Three:  Slavery

Number Four:  Slaughter

The final destination is slaughter.  Often the animal has been so ill treated that by the time the transport rolls around they are unable to walk themselves to their own deaths.  They may be bulldozed or dragged to their deaths.  By the time many animals arrive at slaughter houses they are sick, dehydrated, half dead or dead due to the conditions of the transport.  Even on a family farm, all animals will go to slaughter.  There are no special family farm slaughter houses or transports.  All animals will be treated the same way in the end.

Number 5:  Money

Money is what drives the circle of kill, not nature and not a higher power.

The Circle of Kill is not the Circle of Life. 

You must know that the animal on your plate did not experience the Circle of Life.

“A farm is a peculiar problem for a man who likes animals, because the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors. The creatures may live serenely but they end violently, and the odor of doom hangs about them always. I have kept several pigs, starting them in spring as weanlings and carrying trays to them all through summer and fall. The relationship bothered me. Day by day I became better acquainted with my pig, and he with me, and the fact that the whole adventure pointed toward an eventual piece of double-dealing on my part lent an eerie quality to the thing. I do not like to betray a person or a creature, and I tend to agree with Mr. E.M. Forster that in these times the duty of a man, above all else, is to be reliable. It used to be clear to me, slopping a pig, that as far as the pig was concerned I could not be counted on, and this, as I say, troubled me. Anyway, the theme of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is that a pig shall be saved, and I have an idea that somewhere deep inside me there was a wish to that effect.” — E.B. White

That wish is inside of you as well.


  1. Thank you.
    Blessings to you.
    Blessings to your family whom I know can’t be with you fully when you write for us.
    To them and to you, I am grateful.

  2. Blanca shannon permalink

    Stop the killing and abuse of innocent animals Please.

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