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The Wrong in Eating Meat

In the discussion of food, vegetarianism is obviously a central theme. Below are some of the many arguments put forward to support vegetarianism.

So, vegetarianism, huh?

Eating meat makes people the nth consumer that takes only 10 percent of energy from the meat we consume. Why not be the first one waiting in line or the primary consumer that eats vegetables and fruits? This is one of the philosophies of people who choose to be vegetarians. But first we ask, “Who are vegetarians?”

They are those who save hundreds of animals every year simply by choosing a plant-based diet. Many look at the facts and become vegetarians for health reasons.  Others are excited about the positive impact they can have on the environment, while some become vegetarians because they’re seeking the spiritual growth many of the world’s religions teach.

As a vegetarian myself, I have been asked the same repeating questions throughout the years, and now I finally have the chance to share my answers to the world.

1.  Is it natural for humans to eat meat?

Human digestive systems, tooth and jaw structure, natural instincts and bodily functions are absolutely distinct from that of carnivorous animals. Carnivorous animals share many unique characteristics which set them apart from all other members of the animal kingdom: very short bowels-three times the length of the body-for rapid expulsion of putrefactive bacteria from decomposing flesh; stomachs with 10 times as much hydrochloric acid as non-carnivorous animals, anti-down motion of jaws; sharply pointed, elongated canines; lack of molar teeth.

These show that humans are not carnivorous by nature; our anatomy and digestive systems must have evolved for millions of years living on fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables. As in the case of the anthropoid ape, man’s bowels are 12 times the length of his or her body being designed for the slow digestion of vegetables and fruits which are noted for slow decay.

2.  Are there dangers in eating meat?

Poisoning. Just before and during the agony of being slaughtered, the biochemistry of the terrified animal undergoes profound changes as it futilely struggles for life. Toxic by-products and large quantities of adrenalin are forced throughout the body, thus pain-poisoning the entire carcass. According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, body poisons, including uric acid and other toxic wastes are present in the blood and tissue: “…protein obtained from nuts, pulses (lentils, peas, etc.), grains and dairy products is said to be relatively pure as compared to beef with a 50 percent impure water content.”

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  1. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On March 15, 2010 at 11:25 am


    Evolution allows for the fact that even humans can evolve to eat meats successfully.

    Scientist are working on growing meat from stem cell like technology (meaning there will no longer be need to kill animals).

    Meat, my dear, is here to stay!

  2. Anton

    On March 16, 2010 at 1:32 am


    All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say, “Yo Goober! Where’s the meat?” I’m trying to impress people here, Lisa. You don’t win friends with salad. – from The Simpsons

  3. Melissa

    On March 16, 2010 at 2:44 am


    I’ve recently started trying to cut meat out of my diet, I was never a big meat eater so it’s not a big deal for me. I want to try vegetarianism and once I’m comfortable enough, move on to vegan-ism if I feel like it. I keep trying to see what it is exactly I can eat because there’s some different variations of vegetarianism. I’m okay w/ not eating meat, I’m just confused w/products from animals like eggs, cheese etc. Can you clarify this for me please? Thanks

  4. rochkirstin

    On March 16, 2010 at 3:26 am


    Hi Melissa,

    There are five (or more) classifications of vegetarians. But here are some to share with you:
    1. Pure vegetarians, also called vegans, are those who exclude animal products, such as wool, leather, and even cosmetics, soaps, and shampoos that are derived from animal ingredients or tested on animals, from their entire lifestyle.
    2. Lacto-ovo vegetarians exclude all meat, poultry, fish, and seafood from their diet but still consume dairy products.
    3. Pescovegetarians eat only fish and vegetables.
    4. Pollotarians are those who eat only fowls, like chickens, turkeys, and ducks.
    5. Flexitarians have diets that consist primarily of vegetarian food, but that allows occasional exceptions.

  5. Subash

    On March 16, 2010 at 3:38 am


    Here’s my take: Killing other animals is an act of exploitation and violence, and we do it only because we have the power to. Vegans realize that it is unnecessary to inflict suffering on animals in order to lead a healthy, happy, and normal life. Coupled with compassion for animals is the awareness that animal production is a horribly inefficient means of producing food, which our heavily populated world can no longer continue to support

    Humans do not have the authority to kill even the meanest creature that lives. In killing or eating animals, people are stealing their lives away from them. The right for destruction of lives only belongs to the sole Creator Himself.

  6. Nivedita

    On March 16, 2010 at 11:46 am


    Yes I agree. And also, violent killings of animals can be stopped. We may feel powerless to stop war or other forms of violence, but we can choose not to support slaughterhouses by rejecting flesh foods. When animals feel pain, they scream, too. If you burn them or give them electric shocks, they feel it. Animals feel pain in the same way and to the same degree that we humans do. They feel fear and value their lives as much as we do. Everyone wants to be free. No animal deserves to die for your taste buds. A human being’s desire for a momentary taste of flesh is not as important as another animal’s desire to live.

  7. chris

    On March 20, 2010 at 11:42 am


    I like how the article deteriorated into socialist propaganda at the end there…basically, istead of using YOUR land to raise beef and make a much larger profit than you could with soybeans you should be forced to use it for growing grains/whatever else plants so we can feed people who made poor decicions in life and now cant feed them selves

  8. Lester

    On March 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm


    yes! we go for vegetarianism! cheers for a better world!

  9. Justin

    On March 21, 2010 at 10:04 am


    Nice suggestion article.

    For all those meat-eaters there: Think about it. The human population of the earth will increase by 90,000,000 in the coming year. The stress this will place on food resources is enormous. Do you feel powerless? Don’t. There’s something you can do that will ease the burden on the earth’s resources, help to feed millions of people, dramatically improve your health and save literally millions of animals from pain, terror and death. It’s simple GO VEGETARIAN!

    It’s healthier. It’s humane, It’s economical. It’s environment-friendly!

  10. John

    On April 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm


    You can visit my article about the benefits at

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1644392/top_five_reasons_being_a_vegetarian.htm

    :-)

    i think you’ll all like it

    hopefully its a fun read for you guys

  11. rochkirstin

    On April 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm


    Hi All,

    Quite frankly, I didn’t really expect to receive such positive responses from people on this post. As we know, vegetarianism is a pretty foreign idea for most. But thank you for supporting it. It would be much appreciated if you spread the word of vegetarianism not just as a fad but as a healthy and growing way of life. *Shanti* :)

  12. Pat

    On June 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm


    eating meat is not a treat, for anyone

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