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Former Vegans Explain Why They Eat Meat: Are You Convinced?

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Niman writes:

Every living thing, from mammals, birds, and fish to plants, fungi, and bacteria, eats other living things. Humans are part of the food web; but for the artifices of cremation and tightly sealed caskets, all of us would eventually be recycled into other life forms. It is natural for people, like other omnivores, to participate in this web by eating animals. And it is ethically defensible — provided we refrain from causing gratuitous suffering.

Noting that “only about three percent of Americans are vegetarian and 0.5 percent are vegan” and that about three-quarters of those who try vegetarianism or veganism return to eating meat, Niman suggests that, rather than exhorting people only to eat plants, ”doesn’t it make more sense to encourage them to eat an omnivorous diet that is healthy, ethical, and ecologically sound?”‘

Eating Isn’t Always Based on Rational Arguments

I can see how these arguments make sense. We are all part of a food web, an ecosystem, fellow denizens on this planet.

But we don’t make our choices about food and eating entirely based on reason; eating is a topic that is highly emotional. Our reasons for choosing what foods we prefer to eat are very much (whether we know it or not) based on ineffables like habit, preference for taste and texture, memories and associations. We may conclude that our decision not to eat meat is based on ethical, philosophical principles and, just as much, on a squeamish feeling in our stomach in knowing that the lamb chop on our plate was once an actual lamb’s leg. Eating meat may simply neither taste nor feel right. If more than three percent of the population was vegetarian and demand for chicken and pork and such dramatically decreased, could industrial-scale animal raising be made obsolete? Is it possible that so much of the population is eating meat because it is readily available?

What do you think of Niman’s, Cerulli’s and Applestone’s arguments?

For myself, I’m looking forward to a meal that’s heavy on the vegetables and grains.

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8:00PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

michael H; what is a rand?

6:23PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

Marie B.
5:53pm PDT on Mar 25, 2015
'Suba G'--you and the other 'trolls' are a pathetic joke. Get help. smh

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Projecting your stupidity.. Now that is pathetic. How was that for a dose honesty..

As for me. I enjoyed a a cheeseburger.. The wife made her potato salad.. Now that was good meal. I knew you wanted to know..

5:53PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

'Suba G'--you and the other 'trolls' are a pathetic joke. Get help. smh

5:41PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

Other than screaming insults, ALL you've been doing here is talk about yourself, or rather, LIE about yourself.

Remember, you repeatedly claimed you "care about animals", but miserably failed to back up that claim with an ounce of proof.

Thus, you already demonstrated that don't give a rats behind about animals (and that. you are a liar). No point in trying to save face.

5:28PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

Why can't the Borg Collective get it through their thick heads that by the time a plant, fruit, or vegetable is on their plate it is ALREADY DEAD! You killed it when you harvested it.

5:17PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

Marie. I have seen those same links. The same stupidity. You have shown yourself to hateful. Unwilling to find any common ground. There is I have pointed out that ground on more thanone forum.


In the words of the wise one. Bill D. Cat Blech Acth oop TTHHIIBBBTTT!

5:14PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

'sweetie', like I've told you a dozen or more times 'Suba G', I'm not on Care2 too talk about me, I'm here because I CARE about animals, the environment, people and the Earth and the future. You just get it do you?? No, you don't. Grow up and stop acting like an idiot. I don't know why I waste time anytime on you 'trolls'.

4:20PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

Crap: My @ Heidi is to go to Marie

Sorry Heidi

4:16PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

So Marie,
With that juvenile tantrum, did you finally ADMIT that you have done NOTHING to help an animal, ever? Not a single thing in your life? You admit that you have the gall to sit here preaching how you "care about animals" when you know full well you have just been using them to promote your agenda?

Well, thanks for admitting it. Doesn't it feel good to get things off your chest? Maybe you would feel less bitter from now on :)

4:08PM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

'Suba G', get help.

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