“If cows were a country”, says Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, “they would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases”. Like slaughterhouses, greenhouse gases are invisible. This makes it easy for us to pretend that they don’t exist.
Why is it that we place such value on the sense of taste, above all other human senses? If the scream of a cow was to make the most beautiful sweet song, would you slaughter it to hear that music? If the blood of a horse could produce the most exquisite works of art, would you kill it to see those paintings? Many condemn the use of fur for clothing, while eagerly sporting leather and wool coats. Many criticise animal testing for cosmetics, while routinely purchasing meat, dairy and eggs for food. There is a murky disconnect in the way we humans think about and treat animals, and it needs to change.