THBT it is unethical to eat meat.
Why is it unethical to eat meat? Why is it that the consumption of meat unethical? This requires both sides to actively argue and PROVE their stand :D
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Since to you, life is common, and it isn't going to be considered as precious. But I hereby ask you: If you die, will you spring back to life? No, definitely. Similarly animals have only one life, it is therefore important that life is upheld as sacred.
And if you still think life isn't precious, you might as well die now - since life isn't worth it in your opinion.
That is immoral, because basically life is precious.
What would you have people eat. If life is precious then eating plants is Immoral, for plants are alive. The thing is, most hard-nosed vegetarians that think that life is too precious to be killed for consumption by another life, don't think about the fact that in nature most life consumes other life in order to gain sustenance. Unless you are a chemoautotroph or a photoautotroph then its other life forms that contain the vital elements and nutrients that you need to survive.
Have you ever stopped to think about what would happen if in the morning the world stopped eating meat. Where would all the animals go? Certainly not into the wild being that domesticated animals are unable to live in the wild because of years upon years of artificial selection. Domesticated animals are not equipped with the tools to survive on their own, would you rather the mass extinction of thousands of species containing billions of individual animals, animals who live a far more humane and easy life than their wild cousins.
I entirely agree with the fact that meat comes from animals.
it is called a food chain.
although, really, the food chain is circular.
the poor little plants get eaten by the poor little insects
that get eaten by the poor little fishies
that get eaten by the poor little ducks
that get eaten by the big mean humans
that get eaten by the poor little decomposing bacteria
that get absorbed by the poor little plants in the soil
so really, humans play a role in satisfying the ducks, chickens, pigs, fish, cows, and all sorts of animals (not only through animal husbandry, but through the aforementioned cycle)
It isn't "unethical" to eat meat. Killing other creatures and consuming the tasty parts happens in nature and is perfectly.....natural (obviously). The strong animal kills the weaker one and eats it. That's the natural order and humans are no exception. We just do it in a way that's a little more...."humane". Think of it this way: Not eating meat is a choice. Eating meat is an instinct.
I up voted your down vote on the otherside, though I disagree. It's not worthy of a down vote I think.
While I understand the theory of all life being precious, there are a couple factors:
1. Even if one judges how ethical an act is based on some thing's level of self-awareness, they would have to agree even the dumbest human has a far greater right to life than an animal. We need meat, or at least the protein most readily available in meat, to live. We in Westernized countries have the luxury of choosing to be vegetarian for whatever reason, but there are millions around the world who do not have that choice, and who would starve without meat.
Maybe you can argue, given the choice not eating meat is more ethical. You cannot argue though, that all of humanity should give up meat and hold a moral high-ground considering the number of humans who would die as a result.
2. As already stated here, animals eat eachother. We are an animal.
It's cruel and arguably unethical, but we should eat meat anyway.
We're nowhere near the technological level where we can survive and live comfortably without constantly killing other living beings (whether animals or plants or microscopic organisms). It's either we keep killing, or we commit mass suicide. And even the mass suicide of humanity wouldn't solve the problem because non-human living creatures will keep killing each other for food! :P
Singling out animals to be saved, while eating other living beings like plants, seems a bit nonsensical to me. Either you kill for food or you don't; if you're going to kill, why not give yourself a varied and healthy diet by adding in some meat?
What we can do is take reasonable steps to minimise the suffering of the living beings that we kill, and not kill living beings unless we have a good reason to. (Legal forms of deliberate animal cruelty for entertainment are repulsive to me, like hunting.)
The only reason anybody eats meat is because it tastes good. Not for survival for an individual or a nation, not for its nutrients which can be acquired from many other sources, not for any reason apart from my own selfishness. I am a spoilt cunt and I do what I like not what it's right to do. I want to eat meat, not need to. So fuck all you tissue munchers, because you can't ever win this argument.