I recently posted on Facebook about the wild horse cull about to happen here and how many people are protesting it. My post stated that if you eat meat, as I am certain most—if not all—of the protestors do, then you are contributing to the very thing you are protesting: the rounding up and enslavement or possible slaughter of these horses. The horses are being “culled” because they are in the way of ranchers who want the horses’ pastureland for their cattle. The horses are a pest to the ranchers, and therefore they must be eliminated. People who eat meat, thereby creating the demand for beef, are the reason for the plight of these horses. Without their demand for meat, there would be no ranchers and therefore no reason to exterminate horses.
I also pointed out that it makes no sense to fetishize one type of animal—horses—while consuming others. Why do horses matter more than cows, pigs, chickens, and every other animal we exploit?
Makes sense, right?
Well, as usual, some asshole had to post an “mmmm…bacon” type comment.
Fuck, I hate those trolls.
Is it really so much to ask that you either contribute something worthwhile to the conversation or just fuck the fuck off?
And why is it that if I post about equality for homosexuals, or “races”, or women, or children, or whatever other group of human beings, no one makes shit-for-brains comments, but if I post one single thing about possibly changing the way we think about animals, I get that kind of shit? (This is a rhetorical question. I know why.)
I suppose I could have taken the time to engage this person in some kind of dialogue, but my experience has been that if a person is stupid and unoriginal enough to post that kind of comment, they are not worth my time. I deleted him and his idiotic comments.
He’s someone I know in real life—he’s married to some relative of my spouse’s. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse that I’m being trolled by people I may see face-to-face at some point in the near future. I suppose it’s a positive that the next time I see him, I’m going to call him on that shit behaviour. I am so tired of people in my own real-life social circle criticizing or mocking me for doing what is right. There are so many things I could cut this guy up for, but I never would. I mean, you don’t do shit like that, right? I’m getting sort of tired of trying to be gracious when other people don’t seem to extend me that same courtesy.