What can I say about vegetarians? Or vegans for that matter? I have quite a few criticisms.
The desire to live healthily is admirable. The desire to live morally is all the more so. But how healthy are these lifestyles? How righteous are they? And above all, what are the hypocrisies of the vegetarian?
Let me first point out that human biology and physiology was designed to eat meat. That is a fact of our being. Whether you believe in evolution or creation, we have a natural imperative and inclination, a natural biological need, for meat. To say nothing of the physical capacity, which no one can argue.
It is argued that humans can survive off of vegetation alone, and need not resort to meat. Although this may technically be true in the most strictest ways, it is neither easy, cheap, nor exceptionally reasonable to do so. Meat provides us with essential nutrients we may not necessarily be able to find in plant-life, not without careful focus on diet. Being an animal, ourselves, it is guaranteed that we will find every nutrient we need from another healthy animal – for they are already a healthy, fully functioning living animal.
I might add to that that since we are animals already, it is more probable that we can find a healthy diet by living strictly carnivorously, for reasons already explained. If not more probable, for whatever reason, it is at least just as possible as finding a healthy diet herbivorously.
It is the case that many animals in nature eat meat and strictly meat. Though I admit that these animals were designed to eat strictly meat, I do have a point. Animals in nature dont just eat the yummy ribs and thighs, the fleshy meat. For one, they dont cook. Secondly, the eat the entire animal, head to toe, bone to hair, each organ and orifice and everything therein.
Before you vegetarians deny that fact, let me explain why you are right in most practical purposes. The reasons why most people wouldn’t be able to survive strictly carnivorously isn’t because animals lack the essential nutrients, its; rather it is because we humans are picky and don’t eat the entire animal, and we could and char the nutrients out. We eat just muscle meat. Some of us enjoy liver. And we all appreciate a little fat and grease. But no one I know consumes the entire animal from skin and hair to bone-marrow. Unlike wild animals in nature who do eat the full animal, we focus our diets around enjoyment and pleasure with little focus on nutritional needs.
This is why carnivorous diets would be insufficient in our culture for healthy survival. However, if we did concern ourselves with full nutrition, we could find and consume all the unorthodox body parts necessary for full nutritional balance. So, yes, it is possible to live healthily and carnivorously. Add to our diets some vegetarian aspects – be the omnivores that we are – we are guaranteed nutritional balance just so long as we aren’t glutinous.
Consequently, nutrition and health are minor factors in the argument for vegetarianism. Health is the individuals responsibility, to focus on nutrition above tradition and habit and food-lust. Our American lifestyles are of little help to health, as well, so before criticizing someones diet criticize their exercise routine. And don’t consider a working-out, health-conscious carnivore as some sort of hypocrite, because the truth is far off. I’m sure you, the vegetarian, could do a lot better in life in terms of health habits, too.
I have met vegans or vegetarians, I’m not sure which, who admitted eating and drinking dairy products. It seems a bit hypocritical, a false label. If health was the concern, dairy (and meat) has its place. If morality was the concern, admittedly no animal had to die in the production of milk and dairy products, but still though, that is milk that is being stolen from a young calf that would be far better off consuming that milk him/herself.
Regardless, is it not a false label? How can anyone lay claim to being a “plant eater” (which is what the label “vegetarian” denotes), and still consume an animal product. Regardless of the lack of pain and suffering, consuming dairy is just that far shy of being a vegetarian. A false label, or at least grossly inaccurate.
And those vegetarians who are against consuming dairy products, would you deprive your own infant of breast-milk for “higher moral reasons?” Or would you let them consume it because you truly care for their health and development? If you can rationalize giving breast milk because your breast milk is pure, because you the mother are a vegetarian, then I am forced to ask this: Is eating a vegetarian wrong?
What if, hypothetically, meat could be artificially grown in a Petri dish in a lab, without a brain or a heart to feel or think? Would you be willing to drop vegetarianism when the so-called moral implication is negated? Or would you still find some sort of ethical dilemma to wrestle?
If animals are herded up and killed quickly and painlessly for their real meat, why is that so wrong? How is that any different than killing fruits and plants? Vegetarianism isn’t even sporting, it isn’t fair. What chance do these plants have to defend themselves? Just because they are screaming silently your ethical dilemma is settled? You cant hear them, you don’t see them squirm, not unlike a baby in a womb who is about to be aborted – it matters not to those who have no means to sympathize.
And that is really what vegetarianism is about. Its self-righteousness… because we humans see cute cuddly animals being slaughtered, we hear them in pain. We sympathize. We empathize. If we didn’t then we wouldn’t be having a moral dilemma to speak of, as is the case with vegetarians who feel perfectly righteous killing plant-life – no one questions the murder of plants and so no one has a moral issue with it. But do plants feel pain? Do they think? Do we really know?
Now I come to the issue of vegan products of a non-consumable nature. Vegan clothes and vegan shoes. In itself, I am all for it. But how are these products made? What are they made of? Plastics? The same plastics that fill our landfills and never decompose? Save a cow now by killing the planet later, huh? Its easy to burden our posterity with problems we wont have to think about until after we ourselves are dead.
If these vegan products were made of recycled plastics, I wouldn’t be complaining… but do vegans really look that far into it? Do they look for that recycled sticker? Or does the fact that it’s a vegan product make them feel just good enough about themselves not to care? Obviously, concern for the planet and ultimately for life ISN’T the concern of a vegan.