Why do we feel okay eating certain animals for food, but not others?

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  1. CWanamaker profile image97
    CWanamakerposted 7 years ago

    Why do we feel okay eating certain animals for food, but not others?

    Is there really anything wrong (or right) about being selective about your choice of meat?

  2. Gordon Hamilton profile image96
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago

    You have to consider a number of factors. Above all, is it safe to eat the meat of the particular animal and doing so doesn't present any form of health hazard? It is important also to consider whether the animal is an endangered species. We should also consider how humanely the animal was reared and slaughtered. Possibly, however, the biggest factor in real terms why people don't eat certain animals is that for one reason or another they don't like the idea of doing so. This may be because the animals are considered "cute," or maybe "dirty." In the latter instances, it is all down to human perception and individual choice.

  3. Imogen French profile image84
    Imogen Frenchposted 7 years ago

    I am a vegetarian, so perhaps a little biased, but if I did eat meat it would have to be from happy animals e.g. free range farmed animals or even wild animals that have lived a natural life.
    Many people in the UK are very sentimental about animals that are kept as pets, and are often shocked or horrified by the fact that dogs or horses are eaten in other countries.

  4. profile image0
    gkanekoaposted 7 years ago

    Cause I can't walk into burger king and eat my rabbit the way I like. I think it depensd what country you're in that certain animals I wouldn't eat would be eaten daily elsewhere. As for living in Hawaii, what I eat is dependent upon what comes off the matson truck rather than from the land. When I do travel I try to eat meats that aren't available or are taboo here.

  5. moonfairy profile image78
    moonfairyposted 7 years ago

    I think it depends on what you've grown up on and what you're willing to try. I know I eat certain meats without giving it any thought...but others I need to be coaxed to try. then again there are some that I would never want to even explore. I see what they eat in other countries and I wrinkle my nose.....but if they saw what I ate, they'd probably do the same!

  6. kerlynb profile image87
    kerlynbposted 7 years ago

    Because some animals have been domesticated so many people just can't take eating them.  These animals may include dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.  Other cultures, however, have a practice of eating domesticated animals.


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