WEEKLY Q: Why do we eat meat?
Time for the weekly question.
Why do we eat meat?
Generally if you ask this question you get back a range of answers including:
- Why not?
- Meat tastes so good.
- It's good for you.
- We deserve dominion over what are essentially dumb and numb animals.
- What else are animals for?
And before I start I promise this is not about bashing meat eaters. So all veggies out there please be nice. After all I was a meat eater until very recently. I just want us to collectively explore the issue without offending or being offended ok so lets have a mature and reasoned debate.
We eat meat because society and industry maintains a positive but false set of messages about a supposed need for meat when really we do not nutritionally need it, it causes suffering to animals and is environmentally unsustainable.
Meat is environmentally unsustainable
Around 4 kilos of grain are required to produce 1 kilo of pork, and 8 kilos are needed for a kilo of beef. (Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science). So we could feed more people with the grain used to produce meat than the meat itself. Would you put your money in a bank account if it had a negative interest rate? I think not.
Vegans and Vegetarians live long lives too
The argument that we need meat for protein does not hold water. The founder of Veganism died only recently and provided a living testament to this point
DONALD WATSON survived to the age of 95; good propaganda in his campaign to convince the world that there is nothing inherently lethal about a vegan diet. He always regarded himself as a propagandist, in the term’s non-pejorative sense. When interviewed at 92 he was pleased to report that he had lived thus far without resort to medication “either orthodox or fringe”, and with hardly a day’s illness.Meat means death
No matter how we dress it up in order to eat meat an animal died. And that tends to involve pain. Oh sure we might reduce the pain and comfort the animal (although if you watch Earthlings clearly we do no such thing) but surely a bird in a gilded cage is still a bird in a cage. Animals clearly do feel pain. Maybe it is different pain but hardly fair of humans to discount that pain because it is different to ours. Which I am not convinced it is.
Look forward to your thoughts.