"If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?” is a humorous saying that has been put on T-shirts and has been included in many collections of one-line sayings. “If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?” has been cited in print since at least 1996.
The joke is often credited to English comedian Jo Brand, but it’s not known when she first said it.
Wikipedia: Jo Brand
Josephine Grace “Jo” Brand (born 23 July 1957) is a BAFTA winning English comedian, writer, and actress. Commencing her entertainment career with a move from psychiatric nursing to the alternative comedy stand-up scene and early performances on Saturday Live, she went on to appearances on The Brain Drain, Channel 4’s Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, Getting On and various television appearances including as a regular guest on QI. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
24 December 1996, Titusville (PA) Herald, “Simon Says” by Roger Simon, pg. 4, col. 5:
If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?
20 January 1997, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), ‘Wacky Questions”:
“If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made with meat?”
21 January 1997, Altoona (PA) Mirror, pg. C2, col. 4:
If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made with meat?
New York (NY) Times
Lulu and Her Friends Are, Therefore They Shop
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Published: April 29, 1998
Over to Hot Topic, a store that sells music-related merchandise and heavy-metal-style clothing and T-shirts that say things like, ‘’If we are not supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?’’
A Smorgasbord of E-Mail and Internet Wit Blended With Humorous Incidents from the Author’s Wild and Woolly Life
By Marvin Rubinstein
Rockville, MD: Vinmar Press
IF WE AREN’T SUPPOSED TO EAT ANIMALS WHY ARE THEY MADE OF MEAT?
Rock with Laughter
Girls On Top
Posted on July 29, 2011, by Su Skinner
Remember the shows with Jo Brand?
“If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?” She asked and really, nobody had an answer for that.
Quotes, Jokes & Anecdotes
By Gerard O’Boyle
If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?
New York City • Food/Drink • (1) Comments • Wednesday, September 19, 2012 • Permalink
To whoever created this phrase. His a genius and it totally make sense. This is the reason why I love this blog.