I did an interview with a German. After reading my article about how To Animals, All People Are Nazis, he reached out to me and agreed to have an interview. His identity will remain anonymous as requested. The questions were not per se related to the article but it is still relevant. He was ready for difficult questions and here are his answers.
TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW 1 WITH: A GERMAN
Q1. Sports Vegan: “What do you think about the quote: to animals, all humans are nazis?”
A1. A German: “I think the comparison between the meat industry and Nazism is superficial, because it reduces a political ideology to alleged crimes against humans, and the meat industry to suffering and death without looking at the motivators behind either of these events.“
Q2. Sports Vegan: “How can we, as humans, morally justify the death and torture of animals?”
A2. A German: “I reason that these animals are bred by humans for these specific purposes, which means they would never have existed if they weren’t made for being killed later.”
Q3. SV: “Would you find it acceptable if this were done to humans?”
A3. A German: “Animals that are bred for food should not experience pain or suffering in their life, but if they are happy to the point of their death, which I know most are likely not, then I am OK with it. To be honest, it is difficult to say with humans. But see it like this: I am happy to know that the animal lived a short but happy life, rather a long and unhappy one.“
Q4. SV: “Would you kill an animal yourself for its consumption?”
A4. A German: “Yes, I would kill a cow or a pig myself for meat, unlike most people I think. These people are hypocrites.“
Q5. SV: “What about the environmental damage caused by the agricultural industry?”
A5. A German: “The environment argument is a good argument. But keep in mind that it is not us who are growing at an exponential rate. Our population is shrinking. In the meantime, the population of Africa has gone from 200 million in the 1950’s to 1.2 billion now. The Chinese and Indians have a similar pattern. That’s where most of the pollution is.”
Q6. SV: “On the Dutch news radio I recently heard they are recommending citizens to eat meat once a week, for health related reasons. What do you think about that?
A6. A German: “Yeah, that is probably a good move. I do eat too much meat. But humans are historically omnivorous. I think that people eat not only for energy but because it can be for pleasure.“
Q7. SV: “Yes but men used to rape women out of pleasure and not out of necessity and it was widely accepted, it does not mean it is right.”
A7. A German: “I don’t know, that sounds like an unrelated argument. I maintain what I said earlier about having lived a good and happy life.
But let me elaborate about living a long happy life. Across from my parents’ house in Germany there is a beef loading company, that transport the cows alive. Anyways, two nights a week I can hear cows mooing in the trucks. They are probably uncomfortable maybe even scared because their life thus far has not been in a truck but on a piece of grass.
I do think this is wrong. I think the cows should be shot on the grass as they stand, so that they do not see the death coming and spared the unnecessary stress. This way, local consumption would be supported because dead meat cannot be transported easily.
As far as I am concerned, there is no doubt that there needs to be improvements in the meat industry, but these cows’ live a life until they die exactly like we do, and if we all became vegan there would be exactly one generation of cattle who would stay alive.“
Q8. SV: “Are you aware that most cows live 5 years instead of 25?”
A8. A German: “I would rather have lived 5 year than not at all. It all comes back to the big question of the unknown and afterlife.“
Q9. SV: “What do you think about abolishing their breeding to stop the enslavement of these animals?”
A9. A German: “Well, on the other spectrum there might be someone who says we should breed them as much as possible so that they can enjoy a short life. I am in the middle. Just like I do not know if the last days of my life will be horrible. I am happy to be alive now. It is my perspective.“
Q10. SV: “Thank you for giving me your time A German“
A10. A German: “No problem. I respect your opinion because it is out of compassion, I have told you all I have to say about the topic.“