If there is anything that unites the vegan and the average omnivore it is a disgust of organ meats. I have told other omnis that I want to eat sweetbreads, kidneys, brains, liver, even tongue. Their response is generally absolute horror, as if I said I was going to eat the flesh off of a still living creature.
I grew up being slightly disgusted by my mother’s fondness for chitterlings, chicken gizzards, and chicken liver. At the time I was also disgusted by asparagus, collard greens, and citrus fruits (weird, right?) Well it was easy enough to get over the vegetable disgust, but the organ was difficult before I became a vegetarian.
Then the cravings began.
Jokes about eating brains and livers and bear hearts.
I’d daydream about throwing a spear through some primal opponent who could kill me easily.
Anyway–I’m amazed by how most omnis I know refuse to consider eating even liver, which seems like the most culturally accepted organ.
It seems organs remind them that they are eating corpses, which a lot omnis don’t like to think about, and vegans always remind them of. Me, as an ex-vegan relish the corpses that make my body. I know in every sense, without obscuring it, that I’m eating a dead being.
I have an idea for omnis–if you can’t stand the idea of eating organs, maybe you shouldn’t be eating the animal in the first place. After all, they are not muscle plants, they were living beings with beating hearts, roving tongues, and thinking brains.