Why do people (online) mock those who are kind to animals?

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Hello đź‘‹,
Most people in my society would claim to love animals - especially cats and/or dogs (you get cat people and dog people, and both people and those who love another particular type of animal/multiple types of animals). Many people would claim that they would save a dog or cat from a dangerous situation, or at least view those who do as heroes.
Yet, when it comes to those who care about other animals like cattle, pigs, chickens, etc, and don’t eat them and advocate for them, they get mocked and bullied.
If someone were to save birds, cats or dogs, they would be adored by people. Yet, if someone goes out of their way to save insects and bugs from drowning and other dangers, they might get teased and mocked about it. Why?
If someone refuses to kill “pest” animals and tries to stop others from killing them, the other people get all defensive. Why?
Also, even most animal lovers tend to pick and choose which animals they love and other ones that they dislike/hate/don’t care about. People adore dogs and cats, but not many would say they love flies, spiders, crows, wild rats, seagulls, pigeons, salmon, sardines, tuna, prawns, lobsters or crabs. I know people are more connected to dogs and cats, but why is it considered so odd to love some/any of those creatures?
Every animal lover would love to save the pandas, tigers, elephants, the dogs and cats from the meat and skin trades, dancing bears and abused, neglected and stray dogs and cats, but not as many people would want to save insects, turkeys, chickens, cattle, sheep, etc.
Why is compassion towards animals something so many people mock and bully others for? If society really does love animals, why do so many people bully and tease those who are vegans and animal rights advocates?
Also, why is it considered so unmanly to be vegan? Men can get all the protein they need to be buff and masculine without hurting animals. Isn’t part of being a real man caring for others? There’s a German strongman who is at least one of the world’s strongest men, if not the strongest man in the world, and he is vegan, as are Lewis Hamilton and so many other buff, male athletes, bodybuilders and even Olympic men. A vegan man can potentially be just as buff and masculine as a non-vegan man, if not even more so. Also, isn’t being a decent, kind and compassionate person more important than being a “real man”? I’m not into dating at the moment, but if I were into it and I were looking to date a man, I’d rather date a vegan man who is kind and compassionate and not-so masculine, maybe skinny, but a really decent and kindhearted person than a big, buff man who couldn’t care less about animals or others and was mean-spirited and unkind…
Maybe some of it comes down to the non-vegans deeply down knowing the vegans are right, but they “couldn’t give up meat” because they love it so much and they are insecure about it?
I don’t want to talk bad of anyone here. I still have lots of compassion for non-vegans. I just want them to go vegan…
Thanks.
 
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I think you are the third person this week who I recommended to read Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows by Dr. Melanie Joy.
Pick it up at the library, she also has some interviews in places, and has done some videos on YouTube. So you should check her out.
Heck the title of the book - it is mostly the same as the question you just asked.

I may be able to summarize succinctly but certainly not comprehensively.

1. Social Conditioning.
2. people not analyzing or examining their behavior.


 

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Because compassion and empathy are seen as weaknesses, not strengths, in a society that has normalized aggression,
violence, and eating gentle animals. Humans are very afraid of admitting their meal was the result of being unkind, cruel, and selfish.
One study showed that when men and women were reading about the life of a lamb and I believe shown photos,
it lowered the desire for women to eat animals, but strengthened the mens' desire.....masculinity and the need to
dominate?
 

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.. and because they have a bad conscience, as they know, deep down, that animals don’t really like to be killed and eaten, and that it is fundamentally wrong. One way to cope with that is to lash out and ridicule others who live up to their values…
 

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.. and because they have a bad conscience, as they know, deep down, that animals don’t really like to be killed and eaten, and that it is fundamentally wrong. One way to cope with that is to lash out and ridicule others who live up to their values…
Agreed. Human animals have an ego and we want to believe that we are kind, loving, and caring. We do not want to be
wrong and have it pointed out that we are making mistakes, Veganism questions the normalcy of eating gentle animals
and that makes humans uncomfortable. God bless you for your awareness, peace be with you.....
 
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