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    (Original post by loveleest)
    Fair enough
    err looking at that double negative pains me
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    (Original post by RobML)
    err looking at that double negative pains me
    I am confused
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    (Original post by loveleest)
    I am confused
    In my post you quoted :lol:
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    I don't think people who eat meat are evil but I think it wouldn't hurt to stop making nasty jokes about eating animals around vegetarians, we really don't like it (I know it's not everyone, please don't hate on me because of this comment)
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    it's the food chain. The most powerful of the animals will always eat and kill the smaller ones, it's inevitable and thus I think eating meat is natural. Humans are more powerful than chickens for example but a human isn't more powerful than a lion. If we lived in environments where wild animals and humans could freely interact humans would be killed and eaten by bigger animals. However humans have advanced in a way that we're now different from the animals. We've found a way to modify the animals and control the animals who are bigger and physically more powerful. We will inject drugs and hormones into cows for example to make them big and fat, we have developed much more dangerous weapons to make ourselves more powerful than the animals who could have killed us in the past. The way the meat industry is makes me question whether we should be living like this. I still eat meat but the way animals are treated saddens me, however I don't think it's unnatural to eat meat, o think the way we get our meat is unnatural. If we lived and ate in the same way we did in the past, eg hunting the animals for your own or raising the animals on your land, I wouldn't think twice about eating meat.
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    I think certain animals shouldn't be eaten.For example chimpanzees I would never eat a chimpanzee or any other great ape really I just think they're too much like us.And if you think about it its impossible to say just how much conciousness a chimp has.We have a common ancestor so when did the common anscestor develop a human level of conciousness.
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    But at the same time, do you think humans were meant to live past 50?
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    Yum.
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    (Original post by T-Raw)
    Really? But people survive without it..?


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    You missed the point. Whilst we don't need it to survive in the modern world, but our ancestors did. If they died of starvation before they got a chance to procreate, we'd fail to exist.
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    we can eat what we want, evolution made us be omnivores, we are no different from the black bear, the squirrel, the crowd, and the hawk
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    (Original post by Tsrsarahhhh)
    it's the food chain. The most powerful of the animals will always eat and kill the smaller ones, it's inevitable and thus I think eating meat is natural. Humans are more powerful than chickens for example but a human isn't more powerful than a lion. If we lived in environments where wild animals and humans could freely interact humans would be killed and eaten by bigger animals. However humans have advanced in a way that we're now different from the animals. We've found a way to modify the animals and control the animals who are bigger and physically more powerful. We will inject drugs and hormones into cows for example to make them big and fat, we have developed much more dangerous weapons to make ourselves more powerful than the animals who could have killed us in the past. The way the meat industry is makes me question whether we should be living like this. I still eat meat but the way animals are treated saddens me, however I don't think it's unnatural to eat meat, o think the way we get our meat is unnatural. If we lived and ate in the same way we did in the past, eg hunting the animals for your own or raising the animals on your land, I wouldn't think twice about eating meat.
    Well, more muscular rather than fatter. Fat isn't quality meat. That's just me being a pedant, though :lol:
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    Yes, I want to be eaten

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    (Original post by loveleest)
    Well from an evolutionary perspective it would be a yes because Humans wouldn't be alive today if they didn't eat meat.
    From an evolutionary perspective, nothing is 'meant' to happen, any more than the tide is 'meant' to come in and go out again, just because it has done so in the past. Besides, humans might not be alive today if our ancestors hadn't wiped out the neanderthals in order to survive the ice age. So I suppose genocide is also a valid human activity since it was a feature of our evolutionary past? Also cannibalism, murder, rape, paedophilia, etc.

    People always seem to get confused between the concept of 'natural' and the concept of 'right'. The natural world is just an observation of how things are, it is usually a very very very very bad guide for how things should be from an ethical perspective. Just think about it: if you were designing nature from scratch, would you make it the way it is? Nature is what it is, it was not put there to be a 'guide' for how to live our lives.
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    We should eat meat imo. My argument essentially comes down to primital reasons - we are here today because our ancestors survived by eating the meat of other animals.

    Yes, we can, and do, survive on diets that are free of meat.

    The way I see it, the only viable reasons for veganisn/ vegetarianism are:
    • dietary preference
    • ethical reasons
    • environmental reasons

    I have a vegan friend who tried to rip the crap out of me for eating meat. She believes it is selfish for humans to use the energy of other animal for our own consumption. She thinks we have no right to put ourselves above the lives of animals. (Surely this is an evolutionary and therefore, natural, trait we have?). She once also claimed that eating an egg was the same as smoking 15 cigarettes. Silly girl.
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    Herbivores are designed to eat leaves. Carnivores eat meat. Omnivores eat both, switching as different food sources become common or scarce as the seasons differ.

    Our feet are thought to be the most effective shock absorbers in nature - our elastic arch is better than that found on any other animal and shows that we were designed to cover large distances. We're hairless, which helps us cool down by sweating. Sweating means that don't need to pant like a dog to cool down, and being bipedal means that our breathing isn't tied 1-1 with our breathing pattern like a cheetah or a horse. Bipedalism also has another advantage that per stride we cover more distance than four legged mammals. Because of a multitude of energy saving, efficient adaptations like these, we can run longer than any animal on the planet and we are the ONLY ones that run long distances eg marathon for pleasure. We're highly specialised apex predators that persistence hunt our prey in groups. If we were built to forage and only eat plants and small mammals like rodents and rabbits, we wouldn't need these adaptations.

    Nowadays, we're not going to starve if we don't eat meat, so we have the choice whether we want to contribute to the widespread abuse and poor treatment of animals that is farming, but it's silly to suggest we shouldn't eat meat because it's unnatural or barbaric etc. Sure it is, but that's who we are.
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    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    You missed the point. Whilst we don't need it to survive in the modern world, but our ancestors did. If they died of starvation before they got a chance to procreate, we'd fail to exist.
    So what then? Veg wasn't around then?


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    (Original post by loveleest)
    Exactly, which it confuses me when vegans talk about how evil meat eaters are.

    A lion would eat a human at a given oppotunity yet no one talks about how evil they are?
    I thought humans claim they are different from wild animals? There are also animals that rape their own species yet humans complain when a human rapes someone.
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    (Original post by T-Raw)
    So what then? Veg wasn't around then?


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    Yes, vegetables were around then. Good luck living strictly on vegetables though. You'd die from malnourishment - much like the early versions of the Protein-Sparing Modified Fast diets of the 70s that actually killed people despite the fact that numerous portions of vegetables made up the majority of the diet, due to a lack of both quality bioavailable proteins and an essential range of nutrients.
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    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Yes, vegetables were around then. Good luck living strictly on vegetables though. You'd die from malnourishment - much like the early versions of the Protein-Sparing Modified Fast diets of the 70s that actually killed people despite the fact that numerous portions of vegetables made up the majority of the diet, due to a lack of both quality bioavailable proteins and an essential range of nutrients.
    Funny that a significant portion of the population of India has been vegetarian for many centuries, and they don't seem to have died out. In fact India is on track to become the world's most populous country thanks to China's one child policy.
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    (Original post by Copperknickers)
    Funny that a significant portion of the population of India has been vegetarian for many centuries, and they don't seem to have died out. In fact India is on track to become the world's most populous country thanks to China's one child policy.
    They're vegetarians, they don't live purely on vegetables. They typically eat fair amounts of rice and flour-based foods too.
 
 
 
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