We are all food for something, it would seem. Even humans are eaten by animals or, in a more subtle way, as parasitic hosts. Whether we eat animals
or plants, we do so to survive and I, personally, see no reason to stop eating either.
I can understand why some people object to eating animals. They say that animals -- especially, it would seem, the "cute" ones -- feel pain and
emotions. But, in this same vein, there would appear to be a number of experiments that have shown that plants can also feel pain or "emotional
distress". This has been shown by polygraph
expert Cleve Baxter
Cleve Baxter's work with plants have repeatedly shown, at the very least, an indication that plants have an "awareness". With this in mind,
vegetarians are just as culpable as carnivores by eating sentient entities.
I am a not a strict vegetarian or carnivore. I eat both plants and animals and I do so for the simplest of reasons -- I want to live and in order to
continue living, I eat vegetables and meat.
My only objection to eating meat is that the conditions that many animals are raised under are probably not what I, personally, would consider humane.
I believe that many animals are raised under "stressful" conditinions that do not, necessarily, produce healthy, beneficial and "tasty" meat.
Where possible, I try to purchase poultry that is free-range or those that have been raised by Amish or Mennonites. Cattle, pigs and sheep that have
been raised without "additives" is difficult but, where possible, this would be my preference. This helps to limit the use of antibiotics and
hormones typically administered to food animals. But, in the same context, I am also remiss about eating traditionally farmed vegetables and produce.
Trying to limit my intake of produce that have been sprayed with insecticides and fertilizers, I also seek out organically grown fruit and vegetables
in the belief that these varieties are more healthful.
I respect vegetarians for their personal beliefs but I cannot help but feel that they are misguided in their efforts. I feel that the vegetarian,
through some aspect of moral superiority, believe that carnivores are "wrong". But I simply look at both plants and animals as food. And I want to
obtain the best, most nutritious food possible for myself and my family.
(incidentally, Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian:clwndnc