Mark Zuckerberg is supposed to be the people’s billionaire. He’s pretty un-hot, lives in a modest house, has a regular girlfriend, keeps a tight watch on his Facebook page, and only wears flip-flops! Billionaires: They’re just like us! Well, one thing that normal people definitely do not do is personally slaughter every single animal that they eat. But that’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg told Fortune that he will do for all of 2011. Has the kind of eccentric billionaire gone completely Howard Hughes on us or is this just part of his genius? We think the latter because it’s all really part of a personal project that makes ol’ Zuck sounds pretty genuine and intelligent.
Every year, the Facebook creator undertakes a special project to help improve his life in a significant way. In 2009, he wore a tie everyday. In 2010, he learned Mandarin.
Zuckerberg personally emailed Fortune to explain this year’s mission:
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.
He apparently is learning under the helm of Silicon Valley chef, Jesse Cool (whose name is totally rad). He has already reportedly killed a lobster, a chicken, a goat, and a pig. That’s practically a whole Old McDonald song already. Keep slaying them Zuck — we like your style, you Silicon Valley badass!