Anonymous Girl said she’s against the testing of animals for cosmetic purposes (great!), and doesn’t approve of animal cruelty without cause–but she doesn’t see why eating animals is such a cruel thing to do because it’s the way of nature, and how things have always been. She also had some concerns about the health aspect of a vegetarian diet.
You’re right. Animals have killed for food for a long time–but just because something’s been done for a long time doesn’t make it right. Consider slavery or child labor–both things that had “always been that way” and were considered normal at one time, but were they morally correct? Absolutely not! Both of those things were brought to light and ended because of the voices of a small group of people who stood up, against opposition, and fought for what was right.
The factory farming system–where animals are “stored” in urine, feces, and corpse infested sheds, have their teeth ripped out without any painkillers, their testicles ripped out while fully able to feel pain, and who are beaten, neglected, and killed–couldn’t be further from the way of nature. On factory farms, animals are denied clean air, sunshine, the ability to roam (and in most cases, the ability to turn around or lie down comfortably) and are sexually abused, beaten, and killed in ways that are deplorable and utterly shocking.
I think you might benefit from watching this video, which will show you what happens behind the scenes at a factory farm near you: http://www.meat.org. [ED NOTE: This video is definitely sad for animals, but quite gruesome.] (Also consider that 97-99% of all animals eaten come from these conditions.)
In the real circle of life, animals would hunt, forage, play with other animals, form relationships and bonds, be with their families, and get to roam freely. On factory farms, they are denied every single thing they would ever desire to do–and often feel the sunshine on their back for the very first time as they’re thrown onto the back of transport trucks bound for slaughter. Animals on factory farms are sick, neglected, and tortured in ways that would be illegal if done to dogs and cats. On the flip side, it’s actually so unnatural to raise and kill animals this way that it’s literally killing the planet as the number ONE cause of climate change (and that’s from the United Nations, not PETA).
In addition–it’s actually wholly unnatural for us to eat animals. Our teeth are designed not for ripping and tearing like a true carnivore, but are more like an herbivore–for grinding and chewing. There are about ten very clear differences between humans and carnivores, including that our intestines are the wrong length, our stomach the wrong acidity, and more. You can read all of the differences here. We eat animals not to survive, but simply because we can–and because they don’t fight back.
As for health concerns, any diet can be unhealthy, and surely vegetarians and vegans shouldn’t survive on chips and candy alone (which is practically the only way one could be completely devoid of nutrients as claimed). Vegans can get protein through almost anything–broccoli, leafy greens, beans, tofu, and more, and did you know that milk and dairy products actually LEECH calcium from your bones? More efficient ways to get calcium are through black and other beans, leafy greens, broccoli, tofu, and fortified soy and almond milks. You can read more about protein and calcium here.
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