Help Me Peta2: Can You Care About Animals and Still Eat Meat?

Alright, gURLs, Rachel here—and it’s almost my last blog with you for peta2 month! Sad, I know—but you can always keep in touch by e-mailing me at RachelO@peta2.com and adding me on Facebook! Now let’s get to more of your questions!

Can a person really care about animal rights and still eat meat/wear leather and fur/use products tested on animals?

Some people may think that yes, this is possible, but peta2 and I disagree. Consider this: Anyone can say they care about animals, but if they pay for them to be mutilated, tortured, and killed for a reason as silly as taste buds, lipstick, or a new coat, then how much do they really care?  We think eating and wearing animal products is directly participating in the abuse of animals—unfortunately, there’s no way around it.

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Luckily for us, buying products that weren’t tested on animals, avoiding fur, leather, and wool, and going vegan have never been easier, with vegan options and alternatives at places like Target, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and more.

We should all remember that as consumers, we have the power to influence corporations that exploit animals. Every time we open up our wallet and pay money for a product, we have a choice; It can be a compassionate one, or one that hurts animals.

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How do you feel about loving animals but still eating meat? Do you agree or disagree with me? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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  • Sarah

    I think it’s certainly possible to believe in animal rights and eat meat, providing that the circumstances have been that the animal has been in sound conditions and treated humanely, and that the animals eaten are common, that is to say I think it’s wrong to eat an animal whose species is endangered, or even just average in numbers.

  • Susie

    I’ve asked an anthropologist whether or not humans can be healthy without eating meat — he said no. He even said that it could have detrimental effects on brain function. If cutting out meat from your diet is unhealthy for you then it seems that eating meat isn’t so immoral as many non-meat eaters would like to think. After all, animals in the wild eat each other. Humans are animals, too — many people often forget that. This is not to say that the manner in which animals are treated within the meat processing industry is okay — it certainly is not. The food and agricultural manufacturing industries must be completely reformed so that animal cruelty is obsolete and punishable by law.

  • Jasmine

    I think its the kind of meat u eat to. U can eat all natural farm raise animals or u can get animal that die a painfully death. And u can still care for animals and eat meat.