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Killing animals for food vs the vegetarian

Updated on September 16, 2013

Do you know that there are some people in our today's world that don't eat meat? Personally, I don't physically know of anyone that doesn't eat meat in my country but there seem to be a good number of them. One funny thing that irks my mind is that studies say that such people tend to live longer and healthier lives.

Well, it may be kinda late for someone like me, a grown adult to stop eating meat since I've been totally addicted to both red and white meat as a kid. However, it can be quite amazing to live in a world where people don't meat. How long can meat lovers like me survive without eating meat? One week? 1 month? 1 year? Well, I can't really begin to think about that cause even if goats and cow become scarce, meat loves like me would probably still eat birds or lizards.

Meat is something that man has been used to eating and it's one of the sweetest part of a meal. In fact, for most people, a meal without meat is no meal.

However, when it comes to sourcing for meat, food providers would have to kill animals first. Do I support the killing of animals for food? Well, it is in the bible that God gave man the whole world as food. Personally, I like animals and would rather have them as pets. However another argument may claim that man didn't eat any animal while in the garden of Eden. Could Adam's vegetarian lifestyle during those early times have been his source of longevity?

Since eating meat requires the shedding of blood and the taking of live, does nature approve of eating meat? Why do certain studies claim that the vegetarian tends to live longer than the meat eater? Could God be punishing us silently for taking animal life?

Personally, I like meat but at times wish there was a way to eat meat without having to suffer the consequences, some of which studies have shown to be heart diseases, kidney failure and diabetes. Yes, they say that people who suffer heart diseases mostly are the meat eaters.

Vegetarians are few in our world and most of the people who live to over 100 years tend to avoid eating meat. Vegetarians would probably live longer if they grew their own food in the farm and avoid processed and fast food. Many would agree that a vegetarian diet is the most healthy diet but would not want to do without red meat.

If we then say that man should stop using animals for food, it could allow the increase of the animal population. What would animals be used for then? Maybe for farming and cheap and labour, who knows? Could animals learn to type computers or work in offices? Could animals replace our need for robots and foot soldiers? That would be a cool world but what happens if they revolt against us?

I've been able to witness the killing of animals at abattoirs and during family feasts at home in Africa and I do feel pity for them because they cry out loud. You also would see a lot of blood gushing out of them as their throat is slit. But man has to eat and a lot of money is invested into the business of raising animals for food.

In the old days, our meat eating fathers probably had to eat the animals they killed themselves, probably feeling a bit of guilt since they know how the animals cried for their lives. However, in our modern day, we tend to have a system in which animals are killed for us in the back while we just pay some cash for their skin at the stores.

Animals probably do have feelings but as a meat lover, we would have to argue that they were raised for meat and have served their purpose once they make it to our dish plates. On the other hand, vegetarians would say that they deserve to live and that we can eat a balanced meal on just fruits and vegetables.

I love animals and a value a vegetarian diet but I'm not sure I can do without meat. Maybe we should give the animals a break, a time of grace and avoid killing them for say 1 year. I wonder how many people will be able to resist the urge or meat.

Perhaps, if we stop eating meat, we may avoid going to the doctor for heart diseases or kidney problems since we'd probably be living healthier lives. I guess nature and God would probably stop punishing us meat lovers silently for shedding blood. Maybe I should go on a 1 week vegetarian diet and see how it goes.


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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      It takes longer than one week to change the eating habits of a lifetime. Time and patience are required. You might try making the change gradually--eating vegetarian food only for two or three days a week for a while, later increasing that eating style by another day for a week or two, etc., until you are completely vegetarian.

      By then you shouldn't miss meat. In fact, you may find you don't even like the sight or smell of meat after not eating it for a while. (I can't stand to even be in the vicinity where someone is cooking red meat. It makes me feel ill.)

      You're correct that a plant-based diet is much more healthy and helps people avoid or, some research indicates, even reverse serious chronic disease. That's good motivation for changing one's dietary choices.

      What we put in our mouths is largely a matter of habit if we don't give conscious thought to food for purposes of health, weight and/or caring about animals. If you decide to try vegetarianism, get a good vegetarian or vegan cookbook so your meals will taste good with varied dishes. It's easier to stick to the new lifestyle until you really prefer it if you're eating food that tastes good.

      Best wishes!