I have not eaten any part of an animal since November 30, 2002.
Why I don't eat animals
There are many reasons that people choose not to eat animals. They include health, the environment and animal rights-related reasons. I have but one.
I believe that in 2017, eating animals is unethical.
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Despite all protestations to the contrary, and the lame rationalisation and misrepresentation of the facts, it is not necessary for human beings to eat animals.
Further, there is nothing that a human being extracts from an animal that cannot be found in other sources. Absolutely nothing!
The bullshit about iron and protein is just that, bullshit! Cows don’t make either, they extract it from the plants that they eat, and so can you.
This said, I have no quarrel with a family living in a remote place catching and eating fish, trapping and eating deer or snaring the odd bird. They are acting in a manner consistent with their survival and place at the top of the food chain. I have no problem with people with no alternative eating animals to survive.
To those who say ''I have to eat meat because I get tired if I don’t'', I say stop being lazy. Find the alternatives to meat and put animal welfare ahead of your lifestyle.
Except in very selective circumstances, there are plenty of alternatives to meat, no matter your vitamin intake requirements.
My problem is with people who have stopped thinking of meat as the lamb that has had its throat cut, or the chicken that was electrocuted, or those squid rings coming from an animal left to drown in a net.
I don't have a problem when a person kills their dinner, but this is the case for very few of us. Most people would struggle to kill an animal, but still feel they have the right to eat one.
I disagree. Children aside, if you don’t kill it yourself, you shouldn't eat it.
I also have a problem with anyone who views fishing for anything other than tonight’s dinner as not hunting. And hunting is an ugly, pathetic, anthropomorphic act.
If we think eating animals is okay because it supports farmers, I would argue that we are putting economics ahead of morality -- and that is never an ethical thing to do.
In addition, eating animals is bad for the planet -- and, ultimately, very bad for our children.
Animals on farms produce more greenhouse gas and consume more resources than the transport and energy industries combined. They are the world’s largest contributor to climate change, the impact of which is likely to devastate the lives of our children and grandchildren.
I can see no ethical or health justification for eating meat. And by the way, fish is meat.
I see a number of solid ethical barriers to the consumption of meat in Australia in 2017.
How can you justify the systematic lining up of fearful animals who can smell the death as they progress toward the bolt and the knife?
How would you like to stand in a line while the people ahead of you are killed one at a time, enduring that smell of death as yours came closer?
When there was no choice, this might have been okay. When people used to kill their own dinner, this might have been okay. But, in 2017, eating animals is unethical.
If you need any further justification for this view, meat, including chicken and fish are not all that good for you, and if you still believe the omega 6 story, you are more gullible that it is healthy to be. Eating fish, or fish oil will not extend your life, unless your diet is deficient in other areas.
I don’t eat meat because it is unethical to do so, and I refuse to be anthropomorphic. Every animal on this planet has no more or less a right to live well.