A Food Story That Doesn't Go Down Well

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HuffingtonPost.com has a shocking story today about a new “rare delicacy” from China: a fish that is somehow kept alive while its tail end is deep-fried, then eaten while it’s still living and squirming on the plate. I didn’t watch the accompanying video, which comes with a warning that it might be too graphic for some readers. But I couldn’t avoid seeing a screen capture, and it made me want to cry. Yes, I eat meat. But I believe we meat eaters have a duty to ensure that the animals who give their lives for us don’t suffer unnecessarily. There’s nothing funny or clever about this cruel delicacy. On a related note, I read something this week that struck an extremely sour chord with me. Many media outlets reported the following quote from Sarah Palin’s newly published memoir, Going Rogue: “I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals—right next to the mashed potatoes,” she writes. Not funny, Sarah. Cheap jokes like that don’t honor the creatures who feed us.