Steve Rinella, (@SteveRinella) author of the just published book Meat Eater: Adventures Of The Life Of An American Hunter and host of the show "Meat Eater," was recently at the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn to talk about his new book.
During the question and answer period, someone in the audience baited Rinella to defend his hunting and meat eating. He asked, "Don't you think these animals you killed want to live as much as you or I do? In fact, isn't this just a rationalization for murdering innocent creatures?" While Rinella pointed out that the audience member didn't really have a question to ask and was merely trying to make a point, Rinella nonetheless decided to respond. He explained how it is a relatively recent development in human history where people have opted to not hunt and forego meat -- history shows that there has always been a predator-prey relationship when it comes to food.
"I can assure you I know more about deer than you ever will," added Rinella. "I probably care about them in a way that's deeper than you're going to experience," he said. Rinella also admitted that he's always admired the "cohesiveness and clarity" of veganism. "I'd rather have you over for dinner than someone who is feeding their pet little chunks of meat they buy at a store and then acting like I'm some vicious animal for killing deer."
The vegan offered that if Rinella read his pamphlet of veganism, he would read Rinella's book. Rinella did read it, and cites "noted intellectual" Pamela Anderson's contributions to the cause.
Maybe we can all get along after all.