Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Only Eating What He Kills

Filed as News on May 26, 2011 7:30 pm

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook CEOMark Zuckerberg waged war on goats, lobsters, chickens and any other animal he develops a craving for. The Facebook CEO has announced, “The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself.”

As part of his diet Zuckerberg has been killing lobsters, goats, pigs and chickens but for the most part he says “I’m eating a lot healthier foods. And I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” he says. “It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.”

The goal was realized when he posted to his 800+ direct Facebook friends:

“I just killed a pig and a goat.”

Each year Zuckerberg focuses on a person goal, last year it was to learn Chinese and given his hunger to learn I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already reached that goal.

Apparently Zuckerberg uses the most “humane” method for killing the animals, such as “cutting the goat’s throat” and he eats everything he kills, which in many ways is more economical and responsible then picking over the best pieces of meat in the supermarket. In fact Zuckerberg recently ate chicken heart and liver and all of the other parts that often get thrown away.

Before you make up your mind about Zuckerberg’s new practice check out this email he sent to Fortune:

To start, let me give you some background on what I’m doing. Every year in recent memory, I’ve taken on a personal challenge — something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline. I spend almost all of my time building Facebook, so these personal challenges are all things I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do if I didn’t take the time.

Last year, for example, my personal challenge was to learn Chinese. I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far. I’ve always found learning new languages challenging, so I wanted to jump in and try to learn a hard one. It has been a very humbling experience. With language, there’s no way to just “figure it out” like you can with other problems — you just need to practice and practice. The experience of learning Mandarin has also led me to travel to China, learn about its culture and history, and meet a lot of new interesting people.

This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. 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.

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.

Zuckerberg started small with the Lobster before moving onto the chicken, next up? Twitter users and Google employees. All kidding aside, he’s eating the entire kill and taking the responsibility of that kill into his own hands, good for him.

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