posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 10:07 AM
Originally posted by benrl
Humans are a part of nature, not separate from it.
The only difference between a lion taking a gazelle and Me eating a steak is that Humans have much more processing power so that they can actually
take the time to agonize over the choice of what they eat.
The funny thing is its postulated that the addition of meat (via fire and preservation) is what lead to Humans even having the capacity to ponder
those "humane" thoughts you have on meat, that extra protein jump started human cognitive thought.
Barring that, I will give you the fact that Corporations taking over farms have led to crazy amounts of abuse of animals (as with anything a
corporation takes over) and that the modern westerner diet simply contains TOO much meat.
Meat is apart of the human diet for a reason, we have just gotten to the point where GETTING the meat is far to easy and leads to excess .
When was the last time you hunted down your own meat? (If you go hunting, then by all means, that's fair game and is in a much different category,
imho, than factory meats.)
I am vegetarian as well. Mostly for personal health reasons, but I am also compassionate and conscious of the abuse and suffering and waste that goes
in to food production and I am glad I do not contribute to it anymore.
But, as you touched on, humans have taken our consumption of meat to an excess. When a lion kills a gazelle it kills A (one, singular) gazelle which
it feeds off of for as long as it can. Everything else is then scavenged and all parts are used by one animal or another.
Humans, however, kill MILLIONS of animals every single day just under the assumption that we will need it and the fear that we won't have it when we
do 'need' it. We stockpile. We hoard. We control. We have gone against what is natural. Please tell me of any other animal that keeps their food in
cages until it is time to eat.
Yes, meat has contributed to human evolution in many ways. No, I don't think it is horrible for someone to eat meat...but again, the only kind of
meat I truly support is that which was personally hunted in the wild. (And yes, I grew up hunting.)
People think it's such a 'right' as a human to have meat at ALL times...but what about a garden? I guarantee you there were more gardeners and
farmers in our past (up until just about 100 years ago with the first supermarket) than there ever were hunters.
that's my opinion.