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Abolish Meat? A Worldwide Campaign

Abolish Meat?  A Worldwide Campaign

What Are You Afraid Of?

Carnivorous, are you?  Does a worldwide week for the abolition of meat sound too radical?  Does it conjure up visions of vegans chaining you to a chair and force-feeding tofu everything?

The fear of change is part of human nature.  In the 18th and 19th centuries when slavery was the norm in much of the world.  Even those who recognized that slavery was morally repugnant had little hope that the institution could change.  And yet it did.  Today, slavery is not simply illegal; it is morally and ethically unacceptable.

Present Day

Fast forward to the year 2010 and the accepted practice of eating animal flesh. Not only is it accepted in society; it is expected in virtually all cultures.  Exacerbated by the practice of factory farming, animals are increasingly at higher risk for abuse by humans. 

New laws cannot come fast enough to regulate the living and dying conditions of animals on factory farms.  Few if any farmers can afford to put the health, welfare and safety of their animals above their farm’s profits.  Human attitudes need to change making the consumption of animal flesh a thing of the past.

The Two Sides

Two Care2 posts give great detail for both sides of the “to eat or not to eat animals” question:

There’s No reason to eat Animals (On the One Hand)

Animals are Essential to Sustainable Food (On the Other Hand)

Imagine the day when the following statement will become reality:

“Because meat production involves killing the animals that are eaten, because their living conditions and slaughter cause many of them to suffer, because eating meat isn’t necessary, because sentient beings shouldn’t be mistreated or killed unnecessarily, therefore, farming, fishing and hunting animals for their flesh, as well as selling and eating animal flesh, should be abolished.”

Understand the Paradigm

Worldwide, people from many countries will to spread the word that the farming and eating of animals as food is wrong.  

In 2009 the first global World Day for the Abolition of Meat was held.  Advocates in countries including France, Italy, Portugal, England, Sweden, Germany, Australia and the United States held protests and demonstrations and offered education to the public.

Consider Organizing an Event in Your Town or Country

This action is not spearheaded by any one particular group.  Instead, individual animal activists from around the world are holding activities in their own countries to declare that eating animal flesh is cruel and unnecessary. Find out more by joining the discussion and start one here in the comments sectoin, too.

The United States has only one city — Philadelphia — hosting events.  In a country where so much of the world’s food is produced, changing attitudes about eating meat will be an arduous process.

To learn more please check out the website with the answers to the following questions:

  1. What are the demands of the international movement for the abolition of meat?
  2. Why would one want to abolish meat?
  3. Shouldn’t the foods we eat to be determined by each person’s personal freedom of choice?
  4. Is it democratic to want to impose the ideas of a few vegetarians on everyone?
  5. The production and consumption of meat seems essential to the subsistence of many humans. Wanting to abolish meat is to ignore their interests?!
  6. Why not just authorize breeding where the animals lead happy lives?
  7. Does the demand for the abolition of meat include “in-vitro meat” or “cultured meat”?
  8. Does this movement to promote equality between humans and animals?
  9. Animals also suffer and are killed for all fighting, experimentation, fur, etc. Why is this movement to only about meat?
  10. What about other animal products beyond meat (milk, eggs…)?
  11. What is the difference between this movement and the promotion of vegetarianism?
  12. Who is organizing this movement?

And again, let us know what you think of this idea in comments.

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7:12AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Animals eat animals (or meat for those un-savvy people) as well as plants as most are omnivorousness. If you refuse to believe that, watch what happens when you give your dog or cat a piece of chicken then your rabbit or hamster a piece of lettuce. Give your dog rice with meat or even a piece of lettuce. Humans are animals thus we are an omnivorousness creature.

Honestly, my theory on it is live and let live. I have tried to be vegan due to childhood events, but it just doesn't happen with me. Lentils and my body don't seem to get along very well, but I'm not going to judge someone who is vegan or a vegetarian as long as they don't judge me. I am, however, for the humane treatment of all creatures be they used for meat or just a beautiful wild animal. I also believe that in the aspect of hunting and fishing (Not commercial fishing, but going to a river for the day with a few friends) that if they were not done, we would be overpopulated by deer, rabbits, turkeys, and the like. I personally do not eat anything aforementioned except turkey, but that's MY choice (and the person who cooks for the night).

I do think people should try to incorporate more veggies and fruit into their lifestyles because, from my own experience, it helps with health. I wouldn't say just eat that, but if it works for you, do it! Have fun, enjoy life. If not, just remember that we as humans are still ANIMALS and animals eat other smaller, less able animals. It may seem cruel, but that's what hap

10:26PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Evie, eat what you want, but don't call anything but meat, "unrealistic". Meat makes me sic, for example. And like a lot of others, you use vegan and vegetarian interchangeably. They are not the same.

Lots of people live very healthy lives, without any meat at all. If you want to list all your excuses, fine, but reading a couple of pages of posts here, and I've heard every excuse there is.

My brother-in-law is a smoker, and he says everything you do, just replace "meat" with "cigarettes".

3:21PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Meat-eating will never be abolished, it's here to stay. Man have been eating meat before they wore clothes. They didn't eat as much as we do now, but they did.

Don't try and take away my meat and I won't try and take away your soy.

I cannot go vegan and MANY others cannot either. I am allergic to lentils and legumes, which is half or more of the protein source and I have a hard time getting iron from anything other then meat. The same goes for my brother and my mother. My future children will more then likely suffer from that as well. Eating meat is natural and a way of life for many cultures.

8:17PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Eating meat is not going to be abolished and anybody who thinks it actually will be is being naive. It won't be "abolished" because a substantial number of humans cannot reliably live on a vegan diet. Veganism has an intense "honeymoon period" where people think it's totally wonderful and perfect until they either get sick or otherwise realize they can't sustain it. Like it or not, over half the people who write that they're for this are going to wind up giving it up and like the rest of us ex-vegans think of their prior vegan self as a total naive idiot.

Also somebody said "nobody thought slavery would end, but it did." No, it didn't. Do you even pay attention to the world?

6:12AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I am heartened that the majority 36% voted 'yes' to eat meating will be abolished! I hope so, and what an interesting article - thanks for link too :)

3:10PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

And I also agree with Suzana, the Bible says, "Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall." -Romans 14:20-21

3:08PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I support the abolition of meat. I agree, back when slavery was the norm, almost nobody thought it would ever end. But it did! And we can end this too!

6:23AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

"In the 18th and 19th centuries when slavery was the norm in much of the world. Even those who recognized that slavery was morally repugnant had little hope that the institution could change. And yet it did. Today, slavery is not simply illegal; it is morally and ethically unacceptable."
YES YES YES! I'm saving this quote.....it gives me hope....and all I ask is, if you are vegan
please don't say/think things will never change. Remember....aside form the cruelty & the health problems.....eating the cut up insides of dead animals is truly just plain disgusting
and future generations won't even want to touch dead flesh with their fingers, much less put something like that in their mouths.

5:04AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Abolish eating meat: otherwise I doubt that this planet and it's inhabitants will survive too much longer.
I'm vegan, I turn 58 yrs tomorrow, I feel healthier and more full of energy than I did at 30. I'm slim & trim.
If you're not already a veg, try it. You'll be amazed!

4:49AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Yes, yes, don't eat meat, let all the animals run free, too eat all our veggies.

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