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Eating Cows is OK But Eating Dogs is Bad? Cognitive Dissonance in Veganism

Animals are animals, no matter the label. Forget the cognitive dissonance and rethink what's on your plate.


Picture this: You've got these two ideas in your head, but they don't match up. It's like trying to jam two puzzle pieces together that just don't fit, and it makes your brain do a little freak-out dance.

For example, let's say you're all about saving the environment, but you also love driving your gas-guzzling, super-polluting car everywhere. That's some cognitive dissonance right there because you're all "Save the planet!" but also "Vroom vroom!"


Your brain doesn't like being in this weird state of conflict. It's, like, "Wait, I gotta make sense of this." So, you start making excuses or downplaying stuff to make it feel better. You might tell yourself, "Well, my car isn't that bad for the environment," even though you know it kinda is. Or you could be like, "I'll totally start using public transport soon," but you keep driving your car anyway.

It's basically your brain's way of dealing with the fact that you're doing something that goes against what you believe in, and it's trying to find a way to make it all make sense. This is cognitive dissonance and this is what happens when people try to defend eating some animals while loving and sharing their homes with others, keeping them as pets.


person brushing a dog
What makes one more special than the other

Culture

So, veganism right and food in general? Why is it ok to eat a cow, but it's not ok to eat a dog? First off, it's all about where you come from and what's normal in your culture. In some places, cows are totally on the menu, and dogs are our buddies. That's a big part of why we feel this way. But then, when you're dealing with cognitive dissonance, it's like your brain's in a twist. You gotta make sense of it. So, some folks might try to make excuses. They're like, "Well, cows are raised for meat, but dogs are our pals." Others, they might downplay their feelings, like, "Cows? Oh, they're just not as important as dogs." They're brushing off the idea that cows can feel pain, happiness, sadness, loneliness. And then there's this whole emotional connection thing. We've got these deep bonds with dogs, they're like family. So, even thinking about eating them feels weird and wrong, but cows? Not so much.


Then there are people that think cows are more useful. You get milk, meat, leather, and stuff from them. So, they're all, "Cows are for providing things, and dogs are for, well, not that." And don't forget about what our friends and social media say. Sometimes, they're backing up our thoughts. They can make us feel even more sure about why eating one thing is cool and the other thing is not. So, it's not just about your brain being in a twist; it's about your culture, your heart, and what you see on Instagram, TikTok or whatever. That's why some folks are all good with eating cows but not so okay with eating dogs.


So, Is There A Difference Between Eating Cows and Dogs

First off, it's important to remember that animals are animals. Like, cows, dogs, chickens, they're all living creatures. They feel pain, they've got their own thing going on. So, why do some folks still say eating a dog is different from eating a cow? Well, it's mostly 'cause of culture and tradition. In some places, they're like, "Dogs are our pals, and cows are food." But in other spots, it's the total opposite. It's all about what you grow up with and what you're used to. But, if you think about it, why should one animal be more "okay" to eat than another? Cows, they're, like, super chill, and some folks even have pet cows! Dogs, yeah, we love 'em, but it's kinda the same deal with other animals. They're all just doing their animal thing.


And then there's the whole thing about how we treat animals. Some say cows are raised for meat, so it's, like, "cool" to eat them. But, like, that doesn't mean it's actually ok or that they don't deserve respect and, you know, decent treatment while they're around. So, bottom line, some people think there's a big difference between eating a dog and eating a cow, but if you really think about it, they're both animals, and it's kinda strange that we draw lines between them.


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