I find this somewhat reassuring, while some may find this discomforting as pointed to in the article. In summary, kids at a school in Kent, England, vote to slaughter a lamb which they themselves raised. It was set within an educational farm setting, educating students on farming life. However, the choice to slaughter ‘Marcus’ raised a huge commotion by animal cruelty and animal rights activists. For more details, read the article.
The decision of the students, however, is a wake up call to this issue of humane animal treatment. Personally, if there is a voice that should heard, it is that of these students. Even having raised ‘Marcus’ themselves, it did not seem unnatural for them to slaughter the lamb. I think, it reflects the natural order that animals are, simply, not human. We, humans, have charge over the animal kingdom and there is no reason for us to treat them as humans.
Now, I’m not saying there should not be kind and gentle consideration of how animals are dealt with, there is a place for that; however, when it comes to the point where they are treated equal if not greater than human life itself, I think it represents a denigration of humanity, where the greater has become the lesser; the lesser become the greater. Yes, we should be considerate of animal treatment, however, they don’t walk, talk or think like you and I – they aren’t people.
On the other side, in regards to the food industry, I’m disgusted by the over-slaughter of animals. This was highlighted in a documentary by Jamie Oliver “Jamie saves our bacon.” It might be the Asian-within, but it is beyond me why an animal is culled simply for its ‘choice” parts and the rest, essentially, discarded. Now, I want to make it clear I don’t speak as an expert. However, if I might side with the activists (and no, I’m not going vegetarian), just stop and think.
A brief word to those of Christian faith. We are deemed the stewards of this world our God has created. Our faith must (yes, must) be lived out in every domain of our lives. While everything of the created order has been given to us, it has not been given for us to squander (something to be said about our finances…). Our world is suffering enough, but we do not need to be the ones who reinforce its demise.