Susanne wrote:I'd say we agree on this but tell me...In your opinions, what is the solution?
Don't eat meat.
Or if you do, buy it from one of the pig utopias bloggers seem able to find. (good luck with that). Or grow your own. Or hunt your own (or eat road kill or buy hunted meat.) Although still more ethical than factory meat, these options aren't "scalable" either, and are more of an eccentric indulgence than a solution.
Or, as a modest proposal, maybe start a campaign in your region to eat stray and unwanted cats and dogs....there are huge numbers of them and they are locally sourced meat. They are no smarter than pigs...the kill will be clean and efficient....
You don' have to call it "vegetarianism". That has become a socially dangerous label that associates a person with all manner of perversions, such as "environmentalism" and lama wool hats.
I am going to practice neo-Pythagoreanism, although I eat beans and can't get behind the anti-bean part of the philosophy.
(and probably turned him into a pulled pythagoras sandwich.)The Pythagoreans were well-known in antiquity for their vegetarianism, which they practised for religious, ethical and ascetic reasons, in particular the idea of metempsychosis - the transmigration of souls into the bodies of other animals. "Pythagorean diet" was a common name for the abstention from eating meat and fish, until the coining of "vegetarian" in the nineteenth century.
The Pythagorean code further restricted the diet of its followers, prohibiting the consumption or even touching of any sort of bean. It is probable that this is due to their belief in the soul, and the fact that beans obviously showed the potential for life. Some, for example Cicero, say perhaps the flatulence beans cause, perhaps as protection from potential favism, perhaps because they resemble the genitalia, but most likely for magico-religious reasons, such as the belief that beans and human beings were created from the same material. Most stories of Pythagoras' murder revolve around his aversion to beans. According to legend, enemies of the Pythagoreans set fire to Pythagoras' house, sending the elderly man running toward a bean field, where he halted, declaring that he would rather die than enter the field - whereupon his pursuers slit his throat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorea ... etarianism