CNN reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as part of his annual personal challenge ritual- which included wearing formals to work and learning Chinese - will be now eating the meat from animals he has killed. He quoted: The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself.
Zuckerberg posted the eccentric penchant for game on Facebook where he stated: I just killed a pig and a goat.
Since the May 4 posting, Zuckerberg's attempt attests his top of the food chain claim and has set the web sphere abuzz. In a letter sent to CNN, Zuckerberg explains the rationale behind his decision as he said: I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.
Zuckerberg is pushing the limits of the famous online game Farmville by turning virtual to reality. Since its news about the social media stalwart the best authority to comment on his weird personal challenge are his followers.
Here are some of the comments posted by readers on various news sites and blogs:
A user under moniker svscnn commented on CNN story on Zuckerberg: Wonder how MySpace tasted?
Another reader James Asbury commented: I think if a man of his intelligence and wealth suddenly decides that he's going to slaughter and consume a variety of farm animals, then one has to assume that he's a bit paranoid about his food and considering who he is and how he's gotten to where he is, perhaps he has good reason.
However another reader under the name znmeb was not sure about Zuckerberg's motivation, stating: I don't know - I'd say the paranoia is about a lot more than just food.
A blogger ks2 Problema on MSNBC suggested: So, the natural jump-to on this is that Zuckerberg apparently enjoys the killing but doesn't want to bother with the real work of turning livestock into food stock. I respect the tradition of hunters who clean and butcher their kills and then make sure that the animal provides food and hopefully other useful byproducts. But nothing I have ever read about Zuckerberg makes me think he's not a narcissistic freak.
Another blogger with the title DH-356393 commented: He's somehow found the time to learn the very skilled profession we take for granted every time we go to the local butcher (better place to buy meat than the store). I thought he was too busy with Facebook for that to be possible. Just killing the animal isn't exactly a new thing for most people yet he is confident that both equally manly activities will either help him appreciate the extra effort involved each time he chooses to eat a meat surprise but may also keep him from eating too much due to the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day. He's lying, and it isn't even that funny.
While a blogger Mr. Dee commenting on CNET questioned Zuckerberg's animal killing skills as he stated: I have raised pigs and sold them to be slaughtered. Actually the slaughtering takes place on my property and trust me, its not pretty. You do feel a bit of sadness, you raised it from this small helpless creature to this huge beast, then having to sharpen a wooden stake and stab it in its heart, you have to be strong to do that. Looking at Zuckerberg, I don't think he could even slaughter a Farmville pig. Pigs can be aggressive when they are attacked, you have to tie them up good, so I would like to see him to do that with a 70 pound animal. On top of that, what is he gonna do with 70 pounds of meat? I have sell it, because its too much even for me to eat.
A reader under the title Carly commenting on ITProPortal questioned Zuckerberg's vegetarianism credentials. The reader quoted: ...only eating meat you've killed yourself is still eating meat Mark! That is NOT vegetarianism.
Blogger Simkatu on ibtimes commended Zuckerberg saying: It's not childish or twisted to kill your own food. It's childish and twisted to eat meat without realizing or contemplating the fact that you are taking the life of a living creature when you decide to eat a burger, or whatever other meat dish you take part in. 99% of people don't think twice about the food that enters their mouth and where it comes from. When you force yourself to slaughter your own food or at least watch the slaughter of your food, then you are taking responsibility for your own actions. You have made a moral choice that your need for protein or animal flesh is worth the sacrifice of the animal. I love to eat meat, but I am also conscious of the fact that another living creature is dying for my desire to eat animal flesh every day. I applaud Zuckerberg for undertaking the task of taking responsibility for the food that goes in his mouth.
While a blogger junescook on Chowhound talked about Zuckerberg's tenacity to keep the project going : On the other hand, I wonder how long he's going to be doing this before he gets bored and goes on to his next challenge.
Will Zuckerberg's confession cause people to leave Facebook? Blogger Shanavelour on Nymag said: This may be a case of what we call Facebook TMI Syndrome. It's fine that he's doing this, but I just killed a pig and a goat! might be oversharing. If he starts talking about hot entrails, I'd defriend him.