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Fish are animals?

by on November 4, 2013

Fish are animals?

You can watch this or read the book by Foer…just kidding.

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6 Comments
  1. ksbarbieri permalink

    Aside from the fact that this little boy is incredibly smart and cute, he has a point. In a way we are so far removed from the food production process that we do not really think about where our food comes from or what it once was. We know that chicken comes from chicken and the pork comes from pigs but we do not really think about the process of the pig or chicken as an animal growing up. And this is for the most part because we don’t like to think of an animal being killed and the whole process that is involved. When we see meat on our plate, we eat it because we are trained to not think about the fact that this was once a living creature swimming in the sea or walking on land. Its interesting to see how he pieces together that the breaded thing on his plate was once a live squid swimming in the sea and how he to comes to the conclusion that he doesn’t want to eat animals because he likes it when “they are standing up and happy”.

  2. I really enjoyed the video- the little boy was great and I think a lot of us felt the same way as children. However, most of us were raised to be very separate from the process of acquiring meat to eat. We were taught to really not think of meat as coming from a living animal that we need to kill. Most of society lives so far away from the actual production of meat so we have no concept of what actually has happened to the animal that needed to be killed. Coming from a family that liked to fish, I witnessed the killing of fish for dinner at a young age and came to same conclusions as the boy in the video- How could someone kill this living animal? I decided from a young age to not eat fish and have never eaten fish since. I think if a lot of people saw how the meat they eat is killed and processed, they would change their perceptions about eating meat and maybe eat a lot less of it.

  3. This video was entertaining, cute, and also thought provoking. I agree with the above comments. Most of us are so far removed from the production of food and quite frankly, do not want to think about what is actually happening. I feel that every kid at some point acknowledges and realizes exactly what happens when we eat meat, but even when that reality hits, there is not much we can do. We are all so separate from the production that it is not something we focus on (it also is not pleasant and can severely ruin an appetite or a meal if thought about for too long). It is a sad truth, however it is a reality that will not be slowing down any time soon. The consumption of meat is going to be inevitable. Many people use chicken, fish, and beef as a way to have a sustained and nutritional diets. My attention has definitely been brought to the idea but, to be honest, I have never really thought about it on an academic or moral level until this class. Discussions, and especially the film Food Inc. has opened my eyes to an unsatisfactory, immoral, and unjust view of the food production industry and, like this little boy, maybe I’ll go vegetarian? (That is if I have the willpower).

  4. This video truly highlighted a pressing issue in a simple way. The little boy’s innocence regarding the killing of animals is so pure. The video is really thought provoking, especially as the boy gradually realizes how the octopus on his dish was killed and we usually kill many animals to eat. I was really impressed he was able to make such a strong connection that quickly. Certainly, most children do not make the connection that their food was once a live animal. More importantly, he asks why we kill animals. He is unable to see the justification and logic behind killing these animals; especially because humans usually like these animals. However, we have gradually learned to disregard the process of how these animals have gotten on our plates. We have learned to become removed and indifferent to this process because we aren’t directly exposed to it. When the boy breaks down the process, such as the cutting off of the octopus’s head and how he is no longer alive, it becomes so clear how heartless humans can be. This little boy’s innocence was a great reminder of the process of killing animals that happens around the world every day.

  5. Ali Scalici permalink

    I agree with all of the above comments. This little boy seems to highlight something that most adults cannot even get a full grasp on. For me, it simply comes down to having a reverence for life. Recognizing that the piece of meat on your plate, came from a living thing and every time you sit down to eat a steak or a piece of chicken, or even fish,was once a living thing is something that society fails to do. As long as we get a cheap meal, we don’t really worry about it or question where our food comes from. The point that really drives this home in the video is that the boy says that “we need to take care of the animals and not kill them.” The way that our food is produced is far from having any ounce of care in the process. We are so far removed from the process through which our food is made that we tend to forget that the slab of meat sitting on our plates was once a living, breathing thing. It is this sense of awareness and consideration that this child has for other living things around him, which is lacking in today’s society.

  6. Michael Miliano permalink

    It looks like we have a new vegetarian/vegan in the making here. I thought that it was extremely telling that the boy couldn’t even seem to wrap his head around the idea of needing to kill an animal to eat it. It really shows how disconnected from food we’ve become. Like we talked about in class, with only a few exceptions we no longer even call our food what it actually is. If you went to a restaurant and ordered “cow” or “pig” people would think you were crazy. It’s really interesting how this little boy is able to associate the octopus on his plate as the same octopus that swims in the sea. Its amazing to watch him tackle such a deep conflict so easily. Most people today are unwilling to address the issue of where their food was made for the pure sake of money and convenience. I wish I had this type of will power and wisdom when I was his age (or even today.)

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