Talking meat… is it right?

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there is a famous clip where in a restaurant at the end of the universe, they find a pig that wants to be eaten.

Basically they get to the restaurant and order their meal, and then the waiter brings the pig out to the table on a trolley, and then the pig says

“Good evening madame and gentlemen, I am the main dish of the day. May I interest you in parts of my body?”

They all look bemused when he carries on by saying

“Something of my shoulder perhaps, brazed in a little white wine sauce”

Arthur then exclaims

“Your shoulder!!!”

to this the pig replies

“Well naturally mine sir, nobody else’s is mine to offer!”

the scene carries on with the pig suggesting different ways in which it could be eaten. After the pig has finished someone exclaims

“You mean this animal actually wants us to eat it”

and Arthur follows this up by saying

“I don’t want to eat an animal that is lying there inviting me to”

he then goes on to say how he thinks it is horrible, before he is replied to with

“It’s better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten.”

Arthur demands a green salad. The pig seems sad that he has been given the ability of speech, in order to inform the travellers that he wants to be eaten, and yet this very function makes them not want to consume him.

The pig that wants to be eaten from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Arthur Dent from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sitting next to a pig that has told him that he wants to be eaten

If a pork joint had just been placed in front of him, no doubt Arthur would have eaten it, so why does he refuse to when the animal it is going to come from speaks to him?

I can draw two explanations

  1. The very fact that the pig can talk makes Arthur feel that this is no longer an animal, but it is closer to a human, as it is able to consciously form and respond to sentences
  2. The idea of eating something that has just asked to be eaten turned Arthur’s stomach, so that he couldn’t bring himself to eat the pig, imagine eating it and remembering it talking to you

If we gave animals the ability to speak and then only ate the ones that didn’t mind, or even wanted to be eaten, would that make it any more morally justifiable/right to do so?

Who’s to say the pig hadn’t been told to say that, maybe genetic engineering pre-programmed it to believe that it wanted to be eaten. Is that right?

What’s your opinion of the whole situation of talking meat, is it right? Does it make eating meat any more moral? Do we only prefer it not to talk as it ‘lightens our conciousness’ whilst eating it?


There is an old Cree Indian proverb which goes something like the following:

Only when the last tree has died,
the last river has been poisoned,
the last fish has been caught.
Only then will we realize that money cannot be eaten.

It’s a very true quote, greed is not sustainable. Money enables trade and some say that makes the world a better place. Others say that it encourages greed, which is bad.

You can't eat money
As humans, do you believe that we have a moral right to preserve the planet? Should we attempt to keep ecosystems balanced and share resources between all species, or is it right that we use our inelegance and teamwork to take more than we give?

Climate change is happening, it is only in the early stages at the moment, but it is happening never the less. Is it down to humans, cycles of the earths orbit, or something else, who knows.

Christians believe that we have a responsibility to care for all the creatures of the Earth, and that is why we have been made superior.

What does sustainability say to you? To me it means harmony between all forms of life. It means living peacefully with the environment and not degrading it.

Will man learn the lesson that is sustainability is vital for his existence? Who knows…

Thought for the day 7th of February

Its the little things in life that can make all the difference. I recently cooked some crab cakes. I had never cooked crab before, but I liked fish cakes and I liked crab, so what was there to lose!

I cooked the crab cakes and here they are!

Christopher Roberts Crab Cakes!

Bon Appétit mon ‘crab cakes’ sont finis!

Why not make some for yourself? They taste really good 🙂

Thought for the day