Richard da Costa spent 4 days living with pigs. From the BBC article from last April:
“One of the main things I learnt was how grotesquely efficient we are when it comes to the production of cheap meat – from the production-line seeding and breeding at the pellet-pushing pig-penitentiary which was the intensive unit I called home, through to the mechanised killing machine that was the abattoir.”
“We have selectively bred and overfed these animals so that the product – meat – is cheaper than cheese and everybody’s happy. To be forced to have to connect with our pink pals made me appreciate how disconnected from it all we have conveniently become.”
Sadly, de Costa needs more than knowledge to change his ways:
“It was two months before I could eat pig after coming out of the farm. I finally cracked and hypocrisy played its role as I was lured back to tearing my former bedfellow’s flesh with my teeth. And by what? Spare ribs. Chorizo. Plain old bacon.”
Anthony Boudain, on Larry King Live, admitted that the only reason he eats meat is that it tastes good. Bourdain’s counter claim to Jonathan Safran Foer’s criticism of meat-eating was simply a one-word sentence: “bacon.” When Jonathan Safran Foer called meat-eating unconscionable for health reasons, environmental reasons, and animal welfare reasons, Bourdain said, “it tastes good.”
What do you think he would need to go vegan? A bacon-flavored alternative? More experience with vegan food? A veg-friendly society? What would it take to conquer the de Costas and Bourdains of the world – the ones who know better, yet are slaves to their tastebuds?