Well guys -
I really don't want to get myself in trouble here, but after reading through the whole thread, I think I have something valid to say.
I have been a vegetarian for about 2 weeks now. I know, I know, big deal. But it is to me. I've made a commitment to something I believe.
Now, although the simple suggestion of raising our gorgeous little piggers for dinner is...well, I lack the proper word for it. Perhaps, revolting? I do not believe that the way we went about this ( and I say 'we' because I feel that we respond together as a group to issues like this ) was not quite right.
It started out somewhat on an "ok" track, but what it turned into was, in my eyes, somewhat disgraceful. We are passionate people here, yes. We have serious beliefs and we take them as such.
But, here's the thing. I started out on this forum I totally different person than the person who is typing this to you today. HowietheGreat will testify to this as she as been there along the way. I didn't understand such passion about animals and their protection, their provision. I didn't understand the vegetarians and the animal welfarists, but now I do. Thanks to so many of you.
But, had you responded the way many of you responded to the Filly who started this thread, I feel fairly certain that I would be eating chicken and steak right now, and making fun of all the animal rights activists, as I used to.
When someone, troll or not, comes onto this forum, my desire and my hope is that all of us, as a group of passionate, intelligent, awesome people, can respond as such. Calling names, throwing insults - that is simply childish. Would it NOT be better to respond in a way that may convince this person, TROLL OR NOT, of their error and perhaps in that way save hundreds of piggers? Think, if you could hold your quick tongue ( and I too must work in this area ) and instead of shout at the top of your lungs how terrible and disgusting they are, try to explain, discuss, and understand them? If you were to do that and earn their trust, could you not perhaps turn them around like you did me?
All I'm saying is I don't approve of this ranting and raving. I think it reflect poorly on all of us here. I know we can do SO much good. You already showed me that and convinced me there is a better way to live. I'm simply asking you take that into consideration the next time a situation like this occurs. Speak calmly, try to get to the bottom of it, argue intelligently, don't insult and name-cal.
Think, if we all could have responded in such a respectable, humble, and kind manner to ever person who ever steps foot on this site, think of all the people's lives we could touch. I'm not saying you aren't doing this at all, but not all the time.
I understand its enraging when someone does something, especially like this, where its truely disgusting. But, at the same time. We could have saved those piggies...the same way you save hundreds of animals by being patient with me.
Thanks for listening. Please know I'm not criticizing here. I simply am so thankfull for you guys, and it is my desire that we can touch every person who comes here and change them for the better. And I dont think this thread was the way to do it.