I propose that the contradiction has nothing to do with their values. Seriously, I think they share our values. What enables them to eat the bodies of animals that they supposedly love is the fact that they don’t view their behavior as being counter to their values. They essentially say that the animals they eat don’t count, even though these animals are not inherently different from the animals to whom they show kindness, compassion, and even mercy.
As obvious as it may be to us, the great contradiction is obscure to most of them, and as vegans, this sure can be frustrating to be around.
• The “environmentalist” who saves water by taking short showers, but also “loves a good burger,” ignoring the fact that it takes 1800 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef, the equivalent of ninety 8-minute showers. That’s three months of showers!
• The nature lover who reveres ducks and geese, but also loves to eat their bodies, including their livers, ignoring the fact that the inherent cruelty in foie gras production is so egregious that it’s banned in many parts of the world.
• The person with a “Be Kind” yard sign who wouldn’t dare throw a celebratory gathering without serving up the body parts of a fellow earthling, from the throat-slit veal calf, to the boiled-alive lobster, to the suffocated salmon.