27 May 2011

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg animal eating vegetarian

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (have you liked our page yet?), recently revealed that he has pretty much become a vegetarian. Rock on—another noteable exploring the compassionate side of eating!

Zuckerberg stated, “This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself.”

Wait, what?! Did he just say he was a vegetarian (one who abstains from eating the flesh of animals) yet he kills animals for food?

In a detailed letter to Fortune Magazine, the social media king explained that each year he takes on a personal challenge, from wearing a tie every day to learning Chinese. This year, food is on Zuckerberg’s list. In an effort to be “thankful for the food “ he eats, the 27-year-old is committed to only eating animals that he personally kills.

I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

Zuckerberg’s first kill was a lobster and he has since graduated to killing a chicken, goat, and pig. (If you are lucky enough to be one of Zuckerberg’s 850 friends on Facebook, you would have been treated to a picture of the chicken along with photos of the meals that were made from the slaughtered animal.) Apparently the experiment stops at the kill, because once the animals are dead, they are taken to a butcher who cuts the carcasses into parts.

Going back to the vegetarian comment, we can only assume that Zuckerberg left out four crucial words, “This year I've basically become a vegetarian [most of the time] since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself.” When his personally slaughtered meat is not available, say the freezer is empty or he is dining out, Zuckerberg chooses to eat vegetarian meals.

We think Zuckerberg’s 2012 “personal challenge” should be to remove all animal products from his diet and go vegan. Not only will it allow him to be thankful for his food, he will garner a greater respect for the life of all creatures on earth.

Vegans and vegetarians—real ones—obviously don’t believe in consuming the meat of a once-living creature, but we would love your thoughts on Zuckerberg’s challenge. What do you think of people who will only eat the meat from animals they kill?

Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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