Convenient ways of dealing with these behaviours are to label them as common sense, as normal, natural, as necessary, traditional, a personal preference, a religious pretext and thereby we handily allow and promote the meticulous manipulation of our minds by those who stand for profit.
I seek to contribute to the discussion of the absurdity of how our cultural attitudes towards animals are already being framed at a very young age. Children are instinctively affectionate towards animals. To further shape these natural feelings parents provide them with cute stuffed animals and animation movies with personified animals. Oddly enough, not just the standard "pet" animals but even more so the "food" animals are popular.
Why create, already at a very young age, this inconsistency between natural values and behaviour? What is the point in reprogramming and brainwashing our children to make them lose their compassion? Does society want to teach them to ignore suffering?
Are our trivial pleasures worth all the collateral damage, leading to the destruction of ourselves and our planet?