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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to only eat meat that he kills with his own hands.

For most softies in the rich, developed world this would mean becoming a vegetarian by default. Unlike exceptions such as Ted Nugent and other rugged hunter-fisher types, we are either too squeamish, too lazy or in some cases too compassionate to kill our own food. We’d prefer to forgo such barbarism and hard work, pop a tofu burger in the microwave and watch TV.

But the CEO of Facebook (in case you haven’t noticed) is not like most of us. If we are to believe the sensationalized representation of Mark Zuckerberg in the film “The Social Network,” he can be a bit cutthroat in his business practices. Apparently in his dinner habits too. According to Fortune, he killed in goat by slitting its throat at a trendy California eatery.

Despite this brutality – honest, though it is – Zuckerberg says his vow has made him “basically become a vegetarian”. Perhaps this means he wasn’t crazy about the experience and doesn’t have the stomach to personally slaughter the vast majority of his meals. Understandable enough.

From an email to Fortune:

I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

–Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg’s girlfriend is also participating in the online mogul’s diet, plus he’ll share his kills with dinner guests. Well you can’t expect him to eat an entire goat himself, can you?

Whether we want mega-rich cutthroat wunderkinds for role models or not, Facebook’s boss is one for many ambitious youngsters out there. And if everyone took on his policy of eating veggie or slaughtering one’s own meat, guess what would happen?

  • Better human health – leading to less money spent on health care
  • Less deforestation from cattle farming
  • Less ground and ocean pollution, water wastage, soil erosion and eradication of fish stocks
  • Less greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
  • More food for more people instead of wasting crops on fattening livestock

And of course, fewer animals would suffer inhumane conditions before being trucked off to slaughter.

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