Letter to the Editor
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 14:09
Have you noticed the peculiar dearth of meats at the caf on recent Mondays? I have, and I’ve found it quite vexing. I knew not the reason for this inexplicable absence, however, until reading a disturbing Letter to the Editor published on February 22. As it so happens, this lack of meats is no accident. It is, in fact, a calculated effort to rob us of our quality of life, sacrificing our well-being and happiness to the supposed welfare of farm animals. This initiative, coined “Meatless Monday,” has been spearheaded by the (ironically-named) Humane Society, sponsored by GDS, and endorsed by Seton Hall.
The Humane Society, notorious for its misanthropic worldview, presents “Meatless Monday” as a healthy and ethical choice. It is neither.
For millions of years human beings lived as hunters and gatherers. Until roughly 10,000 years ago (a mere drop in the bucket of mankind’s history), our ancestors ate a diet in which animal products supplied the lion’s share of vital nutrients. Man survived not by spurning meat, but by reaping its every benefit. Meat, in essence, was man’s lifeblood, full of rich fats to promote brain development and sustaining proteins to facilitate tissue growth. In the last 10,000 years, man’s genetic makeup has changed very little. Just like our ancestors, we are each biologically-designed to eat a diet that includes not only plant products, as the Humane Society would have you think, but animal products as well. Meat is not only a delicious dietary choice, it is an essential one.
As Josh Balk, Director of Food Policy at the Humane Society, makes clear in his letter, “Meatless Monday” is not meant to improve the lives of human beings, but rather it is, in his words, a means to tackle animal welfare problems. The Humane Society unabashedly places animal welfare on par with that of human beings, and in the case of “Meatless Monday,” it places the welfare of cows and pigs above yours and mine. I hold human life as a sacred value, and I refuse to have it besmirched in this fashion. The Humane Society couches its every action in terms of morality. How is it moral, I ask, to sacrifice the well-being and happiness of Seton Hall students to the supposed welfare of farm animals?
If this institution holds human life as its highest value, it will repudiate “Meatless Monday,” rebuke GDS for sponsoring it, and get the Humane Society off our campus.