Trivial Pursuits

Picture courtesy: Dig Out Your Soul

People ask, what I do,
alluding to employment
as if a career could define me
(or…resign me?)
I tell them, I am vegan
Vegan is what I do
All else is backdrop,
the occupation
of trivial pursuits

So, when they boast
of bacon, ham, or roast

I have only this for them, Fuck Off!
Most sincerely.

Animals Eat Animals

Lion and cub eating a Cape buffalo. by Luca Galuzzi - www.galuzzi.it
Photo Credit: Luca Galuzzi – http://www.galuzzi.it – Lion and cub eating a Cape Buffalo.[1]
Animals eat animals.

Yep, some do.

About 250 species of animals are carnivores, a minuscule number to the whole.[2]

We call these animals, predators. They are a beneficial lot whose actions sustain an ecological balance. Unlike the human who too holds the distinction as a predator, albeit better defined as an insane predator, whose senseless, needless killing is nothing short of murder. And whose very existence is hostile to aiding any semblance of environmental harmony.

Let’s compare the two, the sane to an insane predator, to better understand their differences.

While the animal predator is quick to kill their prey, the human predator is a malicious creature whose selfish demand keeps their prey prisoner, caged, confined, and tortured, and often for years before brutally dispatched.

While the animal predator has no interest in a theatrical production of their kill, the human — Hunter and gourmand alike — conceited and vainglorious model beside their fresh-kill or their gluttonous feast for stills and videos to later gloat and brag to posterity, or to any who pretend to lend an ear.

Further, some make trophies of the dead carcasses or dismembered parts thereof and set them on exhibit to further inflate their bloated egos. It’s called compensating, an effort to mask their deficiencies as a natural predator and the diversion of their sexual inadequacy.

The animal predator is by nature equipped to capture prey and consume it raw. Not so with the insane predator whose slowness, dull senses, and lesser agility requires weapons, snares, traps, and cowardly underhanded tactics, and the flesh he desires to devour must be properly treated and cooked to make palatable and safe for his consumption. Despite this, the insane predator fights an endless battle with excessive protein intake, digestive maladies, heartburn, constipation, indigestion, obesity, and disease.

While the animal predator kills to live, the human predator lives to kill or has his victims slain by another; this is his so-called sport, a bloodlust excitement. Possessed with an obsession to murder that he not only commits against the vulnerable but also upon his species.

Yes, some animals eat other animals. However, the highly evolved and keenly aware human animal declines any participation.

[1] Photo Credit: Luca Galuzzi, http://www.galuzzi.it/default.aspx

[2] 10 Facts About Carnivores http://animals.about.com/od/carnivores/a/carnivore-facts.htm