Consuming meat is a big part of some diets around the world, particularly in western food traditions. However, with production being land and resource intensive, and with a number of environmental and health impacts to consider we must ask, is eating meat justifiable?
Meat can lead to health problems
Fatty meat can lead to high cholesterol and obesity, both things that contribute to heart disease
Farmed animals have been proven to have feelings, thoughts, and personalities. On today’s factory farms, they’re crammed by the thousands into filthy sheds and wire cages. Some never see the light of day.
Exploitation of (migrant) workers
The meat industry is infamous for mistreatment of workers and violation of workers' rights.
Devastating effects on the environment
The Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat-eating as the second-biggest environmental hazard facing the Earth
Not eating meat could prevent world hunger
There is enough food to feed the world population. World hunger is still a huge issue because rich countries demand meat, and therefore it is more lucrative to sell this luxury to them. If less people ate meat, more efficient crops would take their place and be able to feed the entire world.
We support the animal species by farming them
the meat industry means that many species are guaranteed survival due to their value to us
It is ethical for us to eat meat as we are secondary consumers
It is only natural fork us to eat meat as we are 'secondary consumers'.
Meat has a place in Culture and Tradition
Meat dishes are often integral to cultures and traditions
Humans need meat in their diet
As omnivores we biologically demand meat in order to fuel our bodies and gain a sufficient amount of protein
Animals do not have souls or rights
Animals are lesser beings and do not have a consciousness
This page was last edited on Friday, 17 Jan 2020 at 09:21 UTC