Suicide Food is a blog featuring “depiction[s] of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed.'” The blog authors argue that the images say:
“Hey! Come on! Eating meat is without any ethical ramifications! See, Mr. Greenjeans? The animals aren’t complaining! So what’s your problem?”
The assertion is that these images trivialize meat eating. The cartoon characters — endorsing their own status as food, sometimes even enjoying eating themselves — make eating meat fun and funny, instead of a serious moral decision. In doing so, they contribute to a lax attitude towards eating meat. What do you think?
A mural from a restaurant in West Roxbury, Mass.:
An image from a restaurant, Au Pied de Cochon, in Montreal:
A French poster that reads: “You’ll eat with pleasure, and… without fatigue: the good sausages of the BOUNTEOUS PIG!
Pekingeend Duck, the Netherlands:
Logo for The Drinking Pig Company:
Logo for Dixie Meat Rub:Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.