To be or Not to be Vegetarian: love of meat vs love of animals...
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As a once off and on vegetarian, to a vegetarian, I chose to not eat meat anymore because I love animals. I grew up in a family that consumed high amounts of meat, but as I got older, I started to move away from that. I'm a vegetarian that still consumes dairy products. I don't knowingly consume dairy, because some products just have dairy in it and I may not have realized until after I purchased it and read the label. However, it was a conscious decision based upon spiritual reasoning and personal preference.
Not everyone is a veg because they live animals. Though I now protest how animals are treated by the meat industry I became one after enduring years of health issues.
I think it really comes down to which values win for you. If you're so against something you'd rather abstain, go ahead! It's your decision alone.
The brutal truth of life is that our existence takes up space. That space is maintained through the exertion of force. We are essentially destroyers, consuming nutrients around us to continue to exist. We chew up and destroy anything that comes into our space. Cute animal photos aren't reality. They are just the things people stare at and smile so they can ignore the harsh reality of life. Certainly there are things we can do to limit unnecessary damage to the world around us. We can't eliminate it. We all kill animals, regardless of what we eat. Vegetarianism, non-vegetarianism is a false choice. The real choice regarding food involves examining the overall system costs of an entire food production system. Plant matter food production systems aren't necessarily lower impact than meat systems. The system has to be examined for things like nutrient inputs (fertilizers, water) and for transportation/equipment costs, land-use changes, soil degradation, etc.
by Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago
I am a vegetarian because I do not want to live on killings of animals. What about you? If you are, what are the reasons behind your being a vegetarian? And if you are not, what do you think about vegetarian people?
by eslevy17 8 years ago
I'm all for animal welfare, and support people who go vegetarian for moral or health reasons, but veganism seems moral only to a limit. Skipping leather and things like that makes perfect sense. But what about wool clothing? Sheep need to be sheared, or they'll grow continuously (just google...
by pranav k 6 years ago
How easy is it to be a vegetarian in your culture?Are there as many dishes in your culture that do not use meat products as those with meat? I am in Kathmandu and if you want to eat out here you have to really do some head scratching before you can come up with a good place that serves those...
by Haley 5 years ago
Why are you a vegetarian?There are many different reasons why people choose to eat a vegetarian diet. So for the vegetarians, flexitarians, and vegans out there, why do you choose to limit/omit meat and meat products?
by arpitme 6 years ago
I believe yes, because killing is itself a violent act and if it is involved in the process of making food, it will definitely makes them more violent.
by JDeAngelis 4 years ago
How do vegetarians feel towards animals that eat meat?If some vegetarians are against other people eating meat are they also against animals that eat meat and if not, why?
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