Thoughts on Meats and Leather

In our class and Mrs. Durnin’s class we have been reading a book called Half Brother, written by Kenneth Oppel. It is about a chimp learning sign language as an experiment. On the Idea Hive site Mrs. Dunin and Mr. Fisher wrote some questions about animal testing and stuff. They had us choose one question and do some thinking about it. I chose to answer, “Do you feel guilty about eating animals or wearing leather goods? Why or why not?”

I do not feel guilty for eating animals, mostly because I do not think about my meat being animals while I eat it. But if I do think about it being an animal, I do feel a little guilty. I do not ever go hunting because I don’t think I could do it. I would feel way to bad for hurting or killing an animal! But I am not against hunting, quite a few of my friend go hunting and I don’t really care if they do; unless I see the fur or something from the animals. I also feel really bad for all those animals killed in animal testing. But also I’m not so much against animal testing. Animal testing does help the health of us humans.

I am against wearing leather goods and fur. I think that there are other things to wear, that do not involve killing animals. Plus they are expensive, so why wear expensive leathers and furs that took an animals life? There are plenty of other types of clothing that you can wear, that do not involve animals. But if I ever see my friends wearing animal fur or leather, I would not say anything because if they like it then that’s alright. Everyone has their own opinion.

But there are  people that are the opposite as me, who feel that eating animals is completely bad and we should not do it. I know some people that are vegetarians and will not eat meat or even watch other people eat meat. Meat gives us protein, so it’s a little harder to get protein if you are  a vegetarian. Vegetarians eat nuts, soy, beans, tofu, and dairy products to get protein. But I can see how some people wouldn’t want to hurt animals, they are so cute!

On a scale of one to ten, I am a 5 on this issue. I can eat meat but I do feel a little guilty at times. I sometimes wear fur mukluk’s, but that is all the animal skins I wear. I do feel really bad for wearing animal furs but I do not wear a lot. What are your thoughts about eating animals and wearing animal furs? Comment below.