Zuckerberg: Just Go Vegetarian Already

You may have read about the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, reportedly beginning a personal challenge that means he now kills animals himself for meat, instead of letting a slaughterhouse or butcher do it. Some articles have indicated this approach is more honest, but is it? Are meat-eaters lying to themselves about where their meat comes from? They may not like to think about the animals that died to feed them, but who could blame them? Another said he has learned from a butcher to slit their throats because it is said to be the kindest way to end their lives, but ending an animal’s life to make it into dinner isn’t the least bit kind–there is no ‘kindest’ way to do it. CNN quoted him as saying he has learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising animals. It may be true that eating meat from animals raised on small farms and fed organic food  is probably better for the environment, and might be healthier for consumers, but it still isn’t kind.

Meat-eaters I have met usually say they eat meat because they like it, and that is good enough for me, as I respect the freedom we all have to make our own personal choices. Some say they eat meat to get protein, but a vegetarian diet has plenty of protein, and it doesn’t contain the animal cholesterol that contributes to heart disease. If you have seen the new movie Forks Over Knives, it states that almost all heart disease is related to the use of an animal-based diet, and that for some people they may experience a reversal of heart disease when they convert from an animal-based one to one that is plant-based. The movie’s tag line is “Warning: This Movie Could Save Your Life!” and Roger Ebert said he believes that is true in his review of the documentary.

So it seems a little odd that Zuckerberg stopped in his dietary change at killing his own animals for meat, when it is much easier and less harmful to animals and to one’s own health, to simply stop eating an animal-based diet. It is definitely is better for the environment, as animal agriculture contributes very much to global warming and has disrupted natural landscapes tremendously for conversion to pasture and feedlots. Also, most of the plants cultivated by industrial agriculture today are used to feed animals, so they can later be eaten by people, according to Forks Over Knives. If we shifted all the food grown to feed animals we could feed all the world’s starving people, the film indicates.

It appears Zuckerberg is heading down the path towards vegetarianism, but gradually as many people do. First they give up beef, then fowl, then dairy milk, and some go all the way to vegan. Others continue with dairy milk and and eggs, but subsist mainly on vegetables, grains and fruits. Some are mainly vegetarian, but eat seafood once in a while. Changing one’s diet is not generally an overnight process, unless there has been a medical intervention with some urgency, such as Bill Clinton’s removal of most meat from his diet to help reduce his heart disease situation.

When removing meat from one’s diet initially, a common complaint is fatigue, but this is not due to a problem with the meat-free diet, it is due probably to being uninformed about where to get iron, and an amino acid called carnitine–but you can easily get carnitine from a supplement or by combining rice and beans, which contain the amino acids to make carnitine. Zuckerberg’s reported posting on Facebook of his personal animal slaughters seems more than a little theatrical, and one wonders if it is a publicity stunt. If he is really interested in sustainability, why doesn’t he just drop meat altogether?

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Dale Overall

We have a choice in our diet. Some wish to dine on beans and Heidi says that with over1,000 types of beans available. Yes I guess that one can live on a bean plus other veggie diet for quite some time. Intriguing.

While I like some beans some vegetarians think that all we meat eaters have to do is see the world in their vision and we will all stop eating meat. Being an omnivore I refuse to allow others to dictate my dietary choices. I prefer organic, free range and if one wishes to not eat meat, fine...no one forces you to. I have no intention of being forced to not eat meat because some are not omnivores.

Dale Overall

A balanced diet is key, one can eat a lot of veggies, fruit, nuts, legumes but meat is still a valid and good source of protein. All varieties of foods and proteins have their essential nutrients.

One must worry more about toxins in veggies, meats than anything else. Organic is far healthier because spinach saturated in pesticides or meat pumped full of antibiotics/ hormones does one little good. Factory farm veggies or meat is simply not as healthy as organic, free range foods.

There is nothing wrong with red meat if it is eaten as intended, in small portions where the serving is the size of a deck of cards. Balance brings harmony.

While many slog insult after insult if someone else takes a different viewpoint it really is incredible for the Past Member with the photo profile of "Diane L. is full of crap" to present this especially when your profile is not a visible one. This is really a new low in debating, which really isn't because debating is give and take.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks for the article. :(

Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

You're right, Heidi, MZ isn't Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is dead. MZ isn't eating meat or made the decision to kill his own "meat" because he's a genius (he isn't a genius in the first place, just a "profiteer") nor because he "concocted" Facebook. He apparently is trying to make an ethical decision about where he gets his food FROM. You're also incorrect about being able to get all the protein one needs from beans. Many people simply can't digest beans and others don't like them, me included.

BTW, Pego, thanks for that comment. I didn't know those comments from "Past Member" or whoever the nameless one is until today when another member sent me a PM to inform me. They have all been flagged and sent to Customer Support to deal with.

Heidi R.
Past Member 4 years ago

1. Being a vegetarian I find protein sourcing is not as much of a problem as finding calcium sources.

2. There is no proven need to eat meat. And, certainly, there is no need to kill animals for protein sources. There are over 1,000 varieties of beans in our world.

3. And, if it's from the Hallal/Kosher perspective, it is wrong to kill an animal for these reasons UNLESS one says the proper prayers and lives a righteous life. Kosher and Hallal butchers aren't only butchers because of their handling of knives.

Zuckerberg seems to be suffering from thinking just because he concocted FB, he is a genius and a role mode (prophet?)l. He certainly isn't even a Steve Jobs.

Aditya Narayan
Aditya n.4 years ago


Johnice R.
Johnice R.4 years ago

Zuckerberg may simply be adopting a Halel (Hallel/Kosher) approach to animal slaughter for food. Both Muslims and Jews make the slaughter of animals for food a sacred and incorporate a special ritual of thanks and kindness requesting blessings from god. There are similarities and differences between Kosher and Halal meats, prayer and methods vary only slightly.

If Zuckerberg is raising, slaughtering and eating only the meats he can consume I applaud him. To remove the need for animal protein from the human diet, permanently, is a risky situation.

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Good. Thanks.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the article.