Anyone willing to participate? In 600 words or less, detail why you feel it's ethical to eat meat.
Rules: This is a very specific contest. Don’t tell us why you like meat, why organic trumps local or why your food is yours to choose. Just tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat.
"...those who love meat have had surprisingly little to say. They say, of course, that, well, they love meat or that meat is deeply ingrained in our habit or culture or cuisine or that it’s nutritious or that it’s just part of the natural order. Some of the more conscientious carnivores have devoted themselves to enhancing the lives of livestock, by improving what those animals eat, how they live and how they are killed. But few have tried to answer the fundamental ethical issue: Whether it is right to eat animals in the first place, at least when human survival is not at stake."
Whether it is right to eat animals in the first place, at least when human survival is not at stake...
Well there's your thesis right there. Our survival is at stake. Our bodies were meant to subsist on a diet that is high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates, and we simply cannot get it without consuming animals. We may be able to survive in the barest terms without it, but our quality of life is diminished and we are increasingly plagued by autoimmune disorders, heart disease, and cancers that are at the very least partially related to a diet that is comprised of foods we were not meant to eat. If we're to continue to exist as a species rather than succumb to a plague of diabetes and heart disease, we have to eat the way we evolved to eat, and that means meat.
Now, if you want to bring ethics into the equation, I'll need to brush up on my reading. John Stuart Mill had a lot to say about sacrificing the environment for the state of corporate gain, but I think that's a better ethical argument for the condemnation of factory farming, not eating meat. The argument needs to be reframed so that we're not talking about the ethics of eating meat but the ethics of mass-manufacturing food.
I don't know if I'll come up with anything fit for publishing, but I think, if only for my own benefit, I'll work on an essay fitting those guidelines. What the hell, right?
Edit: so far the most difficult part is the fact that I have so much information to share about how detrimental a vegetarian/vegan diet is to the health of the human race that I have no idea how I'm going to stick to 600 words.
I think I may enter this, although I don't consider it a contest because it has no real prize ;0P
My short answer is, it's ethical because we are the creators of domesticated animals, or the "god," if you will. We control their lives and evolution. They exist because we created them. We own them. They are property that we produced for the purpose of food. We have the power to grant or deny a domesticated animal's right to life. They wouldn't exist in the first place if beings of superior intellect didn't create them (for any purpose).
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