Friday, 10 April 2015

Survival of the Poisonous: Snake VS. Common Sense

The absurd number of horrid videos posted on YouTube where moccasin snakes are decapitated by Chinese gourmet chefs is ridiculous. It is also ridiculous the number of vile videos mocking the fact that some snakes end up biting their own bodies even when decapitated, in case they sense fear. 

As a vegetarian it really damages me to watch such, thus, I simply don't. As an animal rights supporter I say people can eat whatever they feel like, since I believe in respect for other options and opinions, just don't make a gore fest out of your basic needs. It is wrong. What can possibly be funny about the gore fest images of a head, regardless of its origin, being chopped and then we just stand there watching the head battle for life whilst the blood very slowly cools down to death??? What?

On some occasions fate plays an important role in teaching people the need for a change of attitude, increasing respect for animal life and above all, the need for common sense. Yes, common sense, that same thing Descartes used as topic for one of his dissertations. Descartes ironically said and I quote:

"Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have".

However, this is also a case of BLATANT IGNORANCE. When you are a professional cook dealing with so-called rare delicacies, you must know that "all reptiles head can function up to one hour even after being severed" as mentioned by a reptile expert in the video. Should I be sorry for the person? I am human thus I must be sorry for the poor guy, but I am also tremendously sorry for the snake, despite whatever feelings that might urge in people's consciences. One thing is to kill when threatened, and other thing is to kill for pleasure... and cooking a rare delicacy is hedonism, pure hedonism, and has nothing of basic need for survival.

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