We are so culturally inculcated to eat animals, most of us do not question it.
Some of us enjoy grossing out at creepy horror movies featuring fictional ghastly flesh-eating zombies. Yet we fail to see the enormous real-life hideousness involved when we sit down to eat a socially acceptable meal of animal flesh.
That humans eat animals whereas zombies eat humans hardly matters. Flesh is flesh. It all comes from someone who did not want to die and was gruesomely killed.
Animals are not here for us to eat any more than we are here as food for flesh-crazed zombies. Each of these notions is as outlandish as the other.
But we have been deeply trained and consistently overfed with marketing so that we think eating animals is normal and necessary.
The fear and violence in make-believe zombie movies that is so deliciously taboo to moviegoers is horrifyingly real and utterly distasteful in animal agriculture. There is nothing titillating about the actual practices involved in farming and killing animals so we can eat them.
It is one thing to view a dark fantasy movie and entirely another to actively support the all too real violence inherent in eating animals. Eating animals is actually disgusting, once we step back and examine it. Thankfully it is easier than ever to learn to eat plants and leave animals off our plates.