Why are we so picky about eating animals. Many vegetarians are veggy by choice not because eating meat causes them problems but because they are picky about the fact that animals are killed and eaten by us humans. Some wrap it up by saying that it’s not right to eat animals that suffer. Other say that it healthier not to eat meat of any form at all.
But why are we so picky about eating animals. We have evolved to eat meat which is why we have canine teeth. Yes we can eat vegetables, fruit and berries too so we are omnivores. But we are designed to eat meat as part of our diet. Not just our teeth but our bodies require the proteins and fats in meat. To go against eating meat is to go against nature. All around animals eat each other to survive. We are animals. So we eat other animals to survive. To say that we are a special type of animal and that we shouldn’t eat meat is to be snobby and deny our evolution. A Lion doesn’t make an ethical decisions when chasing an Impala and stop when the Impala has suffered too much.
Morals don’t come into eating to live and survive. As if it makes a difference which is more moral, eating a potato or eating a shrimp. Both are living things. Religion tries to make eating a moral act but mostly this is either to do with denying something (like smoking or drinking) to show you belong to the group or because in the long distant past the food was not safe or was needed for other reasons.
In the past farm workers eat less meat than the modern office worker who sits at their desk 10 hours a day but they still survived the hard work of farming. The majority of the meat was not the rump steaks and prime cuts but the cheaper but still nutritious other cuts.
We don’t need to have the majority of our diet as meat. We are omnivores but we can survive and thrive on a diet of pulses, cereals and vegetables with only the odd bit of meat. We don’t need to eat a piece of meat every day. Two or three times a week is adequate but it can be cut down to 10% or less of our overall diet if we are to compare ourselves with other primates.
Animals are cute and fluffy yes, but should we eat just ugly looking animals just because we don’t like to kill the cute ones? Should we stop people eating cats (sacred to women the world over) when we have people eating cows (sacred to Hindus).