I'm amazed that people even cite the depopulation of cows as an argument for the legitimacy of eating cows. Should we lock some humans away in a cage in the harshest conditions perceivable to ensure the survival of the human race? Or should we protect these human's ends and potentially let them die of natural causes.
There's vital nutrients and things in meat that your body needs to be healthy as well as have proper brain function, there's a reason we are omnivores. I had a friend whom had two great aunts or something along those lines, very very old family members anyway, same side of the family and everything, one was a vegetarian, the other just ate healthy. The vegetarian ended up dying before the other one and was subject to many many health problems while the other whom simply ate healthy is still alive today. Now you may think that's crazy, but diet has a whole world of play in what happens to us, your body has to have things just right to keep your immune system working well and all that. As well as studies show that your brain does not function at higher levels without the levels of protein that meat provides in less amounts of food. Being a vegetarian can lead you a healthy life but you'll live a much healthier one with some meat in there.
I have a lot of vegetarian friends. They're fine except that the only place they ever want to eat is Taco Bell.
Maybe the vegetarian aunt was just not eating correctly and eating a crappy vegetarian diet. I can bring up many stories about vegetarians that lived longer than meat-eaters because of their "correct eating habits" but it is not going to make any point because someone else can just pull out stories of people who ate meat and lived healthier and whatever.
Also the protein argument was already proved to be a myth about 10 years ago everywhere. You can get the same amount of protein on a vegetarian diet that you get on a meat eating diet.
Idiots! They ar idiots!
As for the latter claim about animals not being intellectually advanced, I'd concede that point a little. But they're still fully equipped to feel intense pain, and it seems hugely speciesist to claim that our convenience is seriously of equal - or greater - moral importance than the intense suffering of an even comparatively stupid being.
If cows, pigs, chickens and sheep don't want to be eaten, they shouldn't taste so damn good.
More or less the vast majority of those cattle are experiencing a great level of suffering. Their combined suffering is seriously less morally valuable than our convenience?
According to everyone else, no it would not. That's morals for you, something with no real definition and no real rules.
Societies morals come from what's best for the greater good.
I've been a vegetarian since I was 5. I'm the only one in my family - when I was little, I realized that chicken and chickens were the same thing and thought it was gross to eat dead animal. 15 years later, here I am, still vegetarian. I'm healthy, I'm happy, and I don't push my views on people so I wish people would give me the same respect.
Two completely different views on the same subject, that doesn't mean that only one of us is using the term correctly.
Eh. This shit is getting too deep for me at the moment, let's just get back to discussing why eating animals is comparable to rape.
Because it's an act of unprovoked physical violence.
No there isn't. List some more reasons why it's immoral and I'll refute them.
I have nothing against vegetarians, but on a practical level, dating a vegetarian sucks.
She doesn't push it on me and is happy for me to eat as much/little meat as I want, but it makes eating out so much harder than it is with friends who aren't vegetarian. Most places really don't have extremely vegetarian friendly menus... maybe 2 or 3 options when the menu is about 30 strong. Add in a slight fussiness and it really makes going to restaurants a big planning operation.
Couldn't give a rat's arse about it. It's their choice, i'd be the last one to give them shit for it. I find it rather unusual that such a surprising number of people seem to get offended by their mere existence, though there's quite a few vegetarians like that, as well. Guess it's just the usual human "my group is better than your group" thing.
I'll argue with you later, I have to go to my class now.
I don't like the concept of eating meat (that an animal has to die for it) but I am no vegetarian. I simply don't have the willpower to give up so much of the food I love. I never will.
Vegetarians are fine in my eyes as long as they don't start preaching to me. I would never make fun of someone for being vegetarian.
I've been a vegetarian since I was a kid and I used to get a bit of shit because I'd never even tried meat. Eventually I tried some just to say I had and it was shit.
I eat plenty fine without having to scarf down dead animals. I might need a couple of extra vitamin tablets and a lot of lentils but otherwise it's no different nutrition-wise from carnivores.
I don't care about what anyone eats, as long as they don't bitch that I eat meat or whatever.
And to those PETA assholes, fuck off. You might start to have a point when you stop killing the cats and dogs you pick up.