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Meat Eaters Versus Vegans: A Question of Health and Ethics

Updated on January 10, 2018

A question of health and ethics.

“Meat eaters versus vegans”.

"Even if we could not at all hope that all people will go on to a vegetarian lifestyle one day, still no one would have the right to eat meat." Injustice remains an injustice even when everyone admits it. "

Magnus Schwantier

This rhetorical aspect is a great dispute between nutritionists, vegetarians, and meat eaters - are still not solved. The large majority of people in the world eat meat if they can get it. However, more and more people are switching to the vegetarian diet. The reasons can be different. Someone supports the theory of the harm of red meat for human health, thereby counting on living longer. Someone considers murder and eating animals unacceptable.

The word "vegetarian", which appeared in 1842 with the founding of the British Vegetarian Society, comes from the Latin word vegetus, which means "unharmed, healthy, fresh," or "strong." (Homo vegetus - the so-called ancient Romans "healthy in spirit and body people"). The original meaning of the word indicates, therefore, a philosophical and morally stable life position, which contains much more than just eating fruits and vegetables.

Do we have any right to kill animals? This question takes us to the field of ethics, a science that goes beyond in search of life and meaning. The majority of vegetarians are people who realize that building justice and peaceful society should first be the solution of the problem of violence in our own actions. They realized that meat-eating carries violence against other living beings, which is irresponsible.

There is no doubt that many people would immediately become vegetarians if they saw screaming and agonizing animals in the slaughterhouse, or if they had to kill the animal themselves before eating the meat. This would open some of the meat eaters’ eyes and heart.

Based on observations, it can be concluded that meat eating does not represent any value from the point of view of necessity, nor health, nor economy. Meat makes a person sick, passive and irresponsible in relation to animals, nature and people around him. Meat consumers remain only one selfish argument, deliberately casting overboard all the deep reflections and, thus, devoid of any reason: “So what? I still like it!

Whatever it was, it is tasty."

Furthermore, many opponents of vegetarianism claim: "This not unethical." And give different arguments, for example, that the person is carnivorous (or omnivorous), that meat was the main diet of our species for thousands of years of evolution, that in the wild nature, killing for food does not have any moral connotations: a lion attacking a zebra does not think about ethics.

However, there are dramatic health differences between those, who prefer meat and “plant - eaters” with the most of the positive ones falling on the last side. The scientific research over the last 20 years shows the exact link between meat-eating and cancer of the colon, stomach, chest and heart diseases. Undigested animal proteins, as well as cholesterol, fat, slowly but surely become a problem, because they are deposited on the internal walls of arteries and interfere with the circulation of blood in the body, thereby increasing the work of the heart to push blood through narrow blood vessels lost flexibility. Indeed, vegans have the lower risk of allergies and type-2 diabetes and insulin resistance. On average, vegetarian men live of 9.5 years longer than their meat-eating opponent and vegetarian women on average - of 6.1 years longer.

On the contrary, people who decide to completely give up meat cannot be satisfied with the food that is allowed to them. Refusal of meat can have other, more serious consequences. A vegetarian diet deprives the body of a lot of nutrients, which for the most part fall into it with meat products. This food does not allow sufficient body saturation of the body's systems with zinc, protein, iron, vitamin B12 and calcium. What happens as a result? Everything is simple - the body is faced with a lot of problems in the functioning: immunity is weakened; there are problems in the work of reproductive and endocrine systems.

That is why a vegan diet is true only when it emphasizes plants, avoids processed foods, is balanced and includes variety.

As for me, the thought of becoming a veggie has been visiting me since my teenage years. I really love animals and the idea about the ethics of vegetarianism are close to me. I am still concerned about who gave us the right to exploit other living beings and prepare an end to them, full of horror, just to eat meat - on the grounds that we are "tasty" and we want? Is the suffering that I feel when I refuse meat is more painful than what the animals experience, from which I cook the roast? My first experience of vegetarianism was not very successful. I tried to live without meat several months and I could tell that it seriously affected my mental condition and health. Maybe because I was too young and did not fully follow a balanced diet, maybe because a person should come to this with the help of his willpower, consciously and intentionally. But it is quite obvious that people CAN leave without killing the animals and I have convinced of this by my own experience.

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      Elina Grace 2 months ago

      Thank you, Mr. Happy, for expressing your opinion and giving arguments. : )

      You are right, I live in Asia and here is really an abundance of fruits and vegetables. I cannot deny that it's difficult to survive in the north without meat. You gave an example of people living in harsh conditions, when circumstance justifies actions. Local farming is a great idea!

      But still, if anyone has even the slightest opportunity not to kill animals for meat, fur, or so just for fun hunt, why not leave them alone?

      Indeed, a person (if not in the north) can live without meat. It is even more useful for his health. He can wear artificially insulated clothing, even artificial fur, if he likes so! Very interesting video about the wolves. This is a natural process. However, most animals are killed by people in order to get more and more money. The extinction of animal species through human fault is not foreseen by nature, is it?

      We are people, not wolves, and we should remember it.: )

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      Mr. Happy 3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      I appreciate your Intent and I appreciate even more your Compassion. This Wolf though, eats meat. I encourage people to become vegetarians because it just leaves more meat for me lol jk

      So, I have read numerous articles about vegetarians and their struggle to change the world in their own image. The thing is though, they never think, or mention people who live in the North.

      I'm in Canada and when You live up North in Canada, oranges do not grow from Snow. Avocados do not grow from Ice. Maybe You can read the last article I wrote, it revels a few prices in grocery stores. On top of which, to bear the temperatures that are common up here You need meat. This is to survive, not to just cook a roast for fun. On top of which, if You live up North in the bush, You really need to eat game meet. So, that means: moose, deer, elk, bear, etc. That is the meat that will help You physically to endure the extremely frigid temperatures.

      I am not sure what vegetarians expect. Do they think the Inuit people can grow oranges. Or, anyone else past the 60th parallel going North.

      From my experience vegetarians live in India, or California, or places where there is an abundance of fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. And these people tend to think that everyone wakes up with broccoli growing at the back of their house and cherries falling from the sky. Life is not that simple.

      So, I encourage people to support small farmers and eat local foods. If I sit to wait for my avocados to be flown across the world, I wonder do vegetarians think that is good for the environment? All the fuel wasted by plains, trucks, ships, etc.

      Anyway, go vegetarian if You can - best of luck to You but just consider please that other people on this planet do not have that luxury and we shouldn't forget that.

      Cheers! : )

      P.S. And killing is actually necessary. Please watch this short video about how Wolves change Rivers (through killing - will not say more because I don't want to give it away): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

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