I know I harp a lot on the psyche of non-vegans. "How can they do that? What are they thinking?" I ask as I see all these awful things that are done to animals. I think I'm so obsessed with it because I'm looking for some logical, clear, understandable reason people make the choice to ignore all the suffering and to actually take part in it. The mental process of non-vegans is just a sad mystery and I'm always hoping for answers.
Well, I still quite understand them. But I do have a new realization. I've used the word "disconnect" before to describe the relationship most people have with animals. But I'm really beginning to think that word is a glossing-over of people's willful participation in the cruelty. It's more than a "disconnect"; it's a thought-out choice to not change one's lifestyle and eating habits... or to intentionally inflict harm on animals. It's a choice to not care or to care so little that you don't feel a change in behavior is necessary.
This week, PETA (related note: not every animal rights supporter is a member of PETA and not every one agrees with every tactic of PETA) released pictures (and video, I think) of animals being tortured by the NFL's experiments to learn more about concussions. [On a side note, here's what the NFL will find: concussions are bad and helmets should be stronger... or people should stop colliding into each other to entertain the public at large.] Anyway... what I specifically saw was a still picture of a rat (alive, I think) with a large metal pole of some kind smashing down into its head, trapping it in place against a metal table or apparatus of some kind. Apparently, this is just one of numerous animals injured or killed for this "experiment." Just like using live animals in crash tests for cars. WTF?
This is NOT a "disconnect." This is a consortium of sick fucks who choose to torture animals and either get some sort of pleasure from it or decide their monetary gain from the experiments is worth more than the lives of other living, breathing animals. Do we go around describing serial killers as having a "disconnect" and simply shrugging our shoulders? No. We imprison them or fry them. As we should do with anyone who conducts "experiments" like this.
So, I've decided that I will not use the word "disconnected" as a way of giving non-vegans a "get out of jail free" card. They deserve to be called what they are: cowards.