ToEat or Not to Eat Meat
Althougheating meat has been criticized by most as unethical, I hold thateating it is ethical. There have been arguments whether people shouldeat meat or not to eat. Eating meat can have its advantages as wellas disadvantages. Personal arguments are what motivate an individualin decision making especially to meat consumption. Other peopleconsider the consumption of meat as important while others point tothe impacts brought by meat eating. Consumption of meat is importantto human health because it enrich one with protein elements. Meateating helps in bodybuilding, however, it appears as a violation ofanimals’ rights. Killing animals for food is inhuman but theconsumers of meat do not take into consideration such issues. Theargument of whether to eat meat or not is one among the ongoingdebates, which is quite complex for one to choose. Despite all thecurrent arguments concerning meat consumption, is unethical exceptwhile eating on specified occasion. In certain occasions, meat istaken for some significance such as celebrating the success of anindividual.
Itis beyond doubt that meat is a great source of minerals, energy, andproteins. The nutritional value of the meat leaves significant to beconsidered as part of one’s diet. Historically, human beings reliedon meat as their source of food. Such behaviors have formed part oftheir culture transferred across generations. As such, it should beconsidered that the culture of meat consumption should be continuedand transferred across generations to come. Animals die not only byslaughtering them but also through other ways. Eating meat is ethicalbecause meat is crucial for the supplication of protein elements tothe body. Notably, eating meat is ethical. One should put intoconsideration that killing of an animal is equal to the harvesting ofthe plant to be consumed as vegetables. One must eat to live,therefore, killing an animal or harvesting plants for food are bothethical. Currently, most farm animals are generally for consumption.Presently, most farmers keep domestic animals such as chicken, cows,goats, and sheep, which are meant for meat consumption only.According to Roussel(para5) “Weliterally cannot survive without each other. The eating of animals isparamount to the production of food in a system that embraces thewhole of reality. This is why eating meat is ethical.”Roussel further argues that eating of meat will aid in saving thenatural environment because people are able to balance what theyacquire from the environment with meat consumption. It is criticalfor people to eat both meat and plants to balance the way anecosystem function (Para 6). It is important to balance the eating ofmeat with plants to sustain the natural beauty of the environment.
Byeating meat, human beings are able to act ethically towards theconservation of the environment. It is relevant to eat meat lessoften. As a matter of the fact, eating of both meat and vegetablesalternatively are good for a well-balanced diet. According to Green(Para 3)“The deal is simple: we humans create an environment in which theplant or animal can thrive, we encourage reproduction, and, inexchange, we harvest a portion of the crop.”Asecure environment is where there is a balance in the ecosystembetween the living and non-living things. The crucial matter is thatthere should be a balance of consumption of animals and vegetableswithin the environment. As argued by Bramble(Para5), “If all thisis right, then once such an animal has had her basic needs met, apainless death cannot harm her, at least not in the sense in whichharm is necessary for an event to be bad. Since it is not bad to killsuch animals, it cannot be morally wrong”. Meat eating is ethicalif the consumption is done in a regulated manner. If an animal getsits full rights as the right to be fed, probably, if it isslaughtered, it does not suffer any harmful death.
Humanbeings are omnivores by nature and their eating of meat is natural aswell. Eating meat find no foundation to be considered unethical.Human beings remain to eat both meat and vegetables except if theirstatus of being omnivores is changeable, which is impossible. As partof survival tactic, eating meat is necessary for one to live.Notably, most people have come to depend on meat for survival andothers have developed a habit of eating meat for individualnourishment. Meat composes a complete and a diet that remainsbalanced throughout the life of an individual. The most criticalissue is that one must have knowledge on the balanced diet, as thiswill help not to have problems in meat consumption. Gettingvegetables and fruits is at times hard. People easily get access tomeat more than getting vegetables and fruits. The accessibility ofmeat makes its consumption be at high rate compared to other types offood. For instance, in arid and semi arid areas, animals, which areable to tolerate this kind of weather such as camels and goats,provide food for communities in these environments. It would bedifficult for such people to survive were it not for animals.According to Bramble “Somethingis bad, I believe, only if it harms someone”.Meat eating is ethical because it is done for the sake of humansurvival (Para 6).
Theconsumption of meat may appear as ethical especially at a time whenpeople come together to share happiness. Meat often remainssignificant to every given group of people. Most families eat meatwhenever they come together for a certain occasion. Meat serves as asymbol that brings people together in unity. It is used to mark aspecial occasion when people come together. Consuming meat does notentail killing of an animal but it serves as respect shown to theanimal as its meat has been used for special purpose. People findhappiness in sharing together especially with meat served on thetable, they find satisfaction. Meat eating promotes the developmentof a farmer who keeps domestic animals meant for consumption. Eatingof meat is however a personal choice. No one is allowed to judgeother people’s choice. Proposing that eating of meat is ethical orunethical is a personal choice. Some people base their arguments inwhat they supposed to be of their personal interest (Fischer, Para5). Eating of meat does not imply that the eater lacks ethics or hisor her actions are unethical. Eating of meat does not count on thebehavior of an individual. Eating of meat is all about personalinterests as well as diet that one chooses for his or her body. Mostpeople who eat meat are practicing ethics of balancing the naturalresources and all that it contains (Singerand Mason 152). Killing of an animal before eating is justified. Theegalitarian argues that some of the animals suffer a lot when aliverather than when they do not exist. They support their arguments fromthe view that some animals are orphans and they suffer a lot comparedto when they are killed.
Whilethe above shows significant ethics associated with consumption ofmeat, the viewpoints of the opponents should be considered as itholds great meaning and implication. For instance, Singer and Mason(152) argue that meat is not the only source of food that containshigh protein and vitamin among other nutrients. In fact, human beingscan shift their consumption to other alternatives that have equalnutrients as the meat has. As such, this shows that human beingsconsume meat for gustatory pleasure. Similarly, animals feel pain theway human beings do. This implies that killing animals in the pretextof eating meat is a significant deprivation of their right to life.This is most applicable where animals are slaughtered at their tenderage. In addition, killing animals is inhuman as it inflicts pain tothem. Therefore, while human beings like consuming meat products,they should place themselves in the situation facing the animals.
Animalssuch as horses, dogs, and cats are considered of great value in mostof the countries in the west, as they believe that they providecompany to them. The practice operates on the premise that suchanimals can be taught specific behaviors that make them sociable.They also operate on the premise that animals slaughtered for meathave small brains that make them not teachable as the other animals.However, this should not and never be the holding as these animalsare innate and have a well-developed sensory system. As such, theyfeel pain when mistreated and slaughtered the same way the humans do.Therefore, this implies that might consumption is unethical.Conversely, if the need for eating meat is strongly justified, bettermeans of slaughtering the animals should be adopted. Such shouldinclude methods of slaughtering that inflict minimum pain to theanimals, thereby, making it ethical to kill them. In addition,significant evidence reveals that that meat consumption affects thefunctioning of the brain. This is highly attributed to the presenceof Omega-6 protein in the red meat. Omega-6 has undesired effects onthe cognitive functioning on the cells of the brain. Impairedfunctioning of the brain renders life useless, thereby, the need forthe consideration of its effects and associated unethical factors(GreenJustin).
Conclusively,eating meat will remain ethical basing on the fact that human beingswill never change from being omnivores. It is recommendable forpeople to respect their choices concerning the eating of meat. Manypeople claim that eating of meat is ethical due to their personalinterest however, thinking of humanity, meat eating is unethical.The killing of animal for reasons other than eating is what isunethical. Every human being should take responsibility by takingcare of animals. Every individual should see to it that they stick toother means of acquiring protein rather than killing for meat.Ultimately, finding a balance between meat and plants helps conservethe environment. It is a way to preserve nature.
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GreenJustin, “ThisIs the Deal we’ve made”. TheMeat You Eat: The Winner of Our Contest on the Ethics of EatingMeat. TheNew York Times3 May 2012. Nytimes.com. Web. 29 Oct 2014.
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