In honor of Blog Action Day 2011, I am tailoring today’s post around food. Specifically, the debate between carnivores, vegans, and everyone in between. How can one group of people feel so strongly about never using or consuming anything from animals, while others happily partake on a daily basis?
As with most issues, it depends on what you know and what you believe. Let’s start with a popular group of non-animal eaters: PETA. PETA’s mission is to ensure the world treats animals ethically, or more simply, that they should have similar rights to life as human beings. In regards to this conversation, since we don’t eat humans we should not eat other animals. There are also studies that suggest that eating meat is physically dangerous and could lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.
On the other side of the spectrum are billions of people who believe that, since we have been eating animals for thousands of years and they taste so delicious, it is okay to eat meat. Some also argue that we are omnivores, and like other omnivores in nature, part of our diet should consist of meat.
Let’s assume that everyone is right: we must treat animals ethically, eating meat can make us sick, and meat must be a part of our diet. What should we do? Is there a way to behave that would satisfy all of these requirement?
What if everyone had to hunt, fish, or raise their own animals for their supply of meat? Would there be the same risks of cancer and disease if our meat intake was significantly less and restricted only to organic/wild animals? Is it possible to treat animals ethically and receive nourishment from them at the same time? What do you think?