Friday, 29 May 2015

(M)eat or not to (M)eat

Whether to have slaughter house here or not? I am as bewildered as much as anyone of you to have an accurate answers to this question. I being raised as a non vegetarian and mostly vegetarian by the vigor of the situation rather than the choice.

The situation in the olden days in Bhutan is such that every household raised a pig to be slaughtered for a losar of a lochey. That time people were not hypocrite like today. In fact they discussed whose pig to be slaughtered when, in the neighbourhood so that the succeeding occasions and the events will not be without meat.

The main charm of the losar and the tshechu in the yonder days were the chance to eat meat. Those events used to be the only times were the meat was served so lavishly to satisfy the urge to have meat for one whole year.

With the development the people became rich and the meat vendors mushroomed according to the law of demand and supply. The pork eating population started to turn to chicken eating people who once loathed the chicken eaters. People found it less troublesome and suffered less guilt to eat the meat of the pigs reared and turned to pork by others.

It was the government who found out that the Bhutanese were the number one meat eating people in whole of Asia. The outflow of the cash could be curbed if the meat is produced within the country. But the double standard of --it-is-okay-to-eat-the-meat-but-not-okay-to-kill is too confusing to be solved easily at least using economics and science as a tool.

It saddens me to eat the meat and kill the animals for it. It saddens me more when the food is not tasty and there is no meat on the plate. And that goes for many of us but few would accept it as easily. The grotesque video of the butcher house and meat processing had temporarily stunned many meat eaters. How the meat is supposed to come in the kitchen, if not that way?

It is true that we can survive without eating meat. There are various substitutes for the nutrients that we may get from eating meat so going to become vegetarian is not much of a problem. I feel that saying no to the meat processing units is shouting at the superficial problems, who were trying to bring an economic solution. The best way to make the beginning of the end of the meat processing unit and the slaughter houses would be to turn whole population into a vegetarian society without putting pressures or using threats.

Having achieved that exporting meat to the other nations for profits could graciously be stopped as Bhutan being a Buddhist country, having compassion and kindness to not to eat the fellow living beings. Aren’t plants a living thing? That would open another avenue for debate all together……