Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has announced to the world that for the next year he will only eat meat from an animal that he has personally killed. The 27-year-old billionaire says the vow is all part of an annual challenge “to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline.”
In a letter to Fortune magazine he writes,
“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.
“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.”
So far, Zuckerberg has killed goats, chickens, pigs, and lobsters – this according to prominent Bay Area foodie Jesse Ziff Coo, who reportedly introduced Mark to the idea. “He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it,” Cool told Fortune. Um, yea.
To be clear, Zuck isn’t killing animals and then slicing them up on the back porch. Instead, he (and apparently a bunch of other well-to-do corporate execs) are dropping them off at local butchers after the fact. It’s not known if he sticks around to learn more – but others are.
“They all want to learn how to do it; they want to come in and watch us cut it up, because I think these days people who have the means to kill their own food want to see exactly what they’re eating,” said Dave Peterson of Corralitos Market & Sausage Co.
One butcher even confirmed that Zuckerberg pulled up to her shop with a slaughtered hog in the trunk of his Lexus.
It goes without saying that many will be pissed at what Zuckerberg is doing, but I find his commitment to only eating what he kills refreshing. I truly wish more people took a similar interest in going behind-the-scenes of the meat industry and learning more about their food – and the faces it comes from. Zuck says that he and his girlfriend are generally vegetarian most of the time as a result – and I have to believe that a majority of the nation would likely follow suit if they had to embrace the same challenge.
What do you think? I’m not asking you to agree with the taking of another animal’s life – but do you think Zuckerberg’s approach is something all meat-eaters should consider for a year of their lives?