From Failblog.

(I dedicate this to Hungry Hyaena, who holds extremely nuanced views on the ethics of hunting, and would no doubt have an easier time if he embraced complete denial, like this poor person).


  1. #1 mdvlist
    March 26, 2009

    Did that come from a newspaper in Idaho?

  2. #2 idlemind
    March 26, 2009

    Although I don’t doubt that there are a few people over the age of ten who have such a tenuous connection to reality as to actually be ignorant of where meat comes from, I’d bet a substantial sum that the writer of this letter had tongue firmly planted in cheek.

  3. #3 NJ
    March 26, 2009

    I’d bet a substantial sum that the writer of this letter had tongue firmly planted in cheek.

    IOW, a non-Intertubes Poe…

  4. #4 Jessica Palmer
    March 26, 2009

    I sincerely hope so, idlemind. But I’m not quite that optimistic.

  5. #5 TomJoe
    March 26, 2009

    Heh. The only thing that is missing is the screed being written TOTALLY IN CAPS!

  6. #6 arvind
    March 27, 2009

    Forgive me father, for I have underestimated the theoretical limit of the shielding effect of urban life by a few orders of magnitude. Next thing someone’s gonna tell me Idiocracy was a documentary.

  7. #7 David Bruggeman
    March 27, 2009

    It’s possible this person confused the synthetic meat in this weeks “Better Off Ted” as fact, not fiction.

  8. #8 Hungry Hyaena
    March 28, 2009

    Thank you, Jessica, for the dedication. Pardon the brevity of my comment; I have to run to the grocery for some no-kill sirloin.

  9. #9 Thomas M.
    March 28, 2009

    I’m not sure that this is a poe. I’ve been told by people who were quite serious that hunting is wrong because the ways animals are kept and killed in the meat industry inherently leads to less suffering than what they experience when killed by a hunter. Of course, none of these people had ever seen a slaughterhouse or viewed a hunt in their lives. I’ve also met many people that claim that bow hunting is more ethical than hunting with a gun, not because it is more challenging (debatable), but because it causes less pain and suffering for the animal to be shot by a bow than with a bullet (on average, dead wrong). Show me a bow hunter that has frequent kills that doesn’t involve the animal dying by a.) slowly bleeding to death or b.) asphyxiation caused by a punctured throat and I will show you a liar. This comment really isn’t too far of a stretch from the former idea.

  10. #10 GK
    June 24, 2009

    Speaking as someone who worked in a slaughterhouse for 12 years, I can say that the the slaughtering of animals is done in the most humane way possible with one exception. And at the risk of starting a religous or political arguement, Kosher slaughter to me is the exception to the norm. To me it is an unneccessary practice that should be stopped.

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