Based upon freedom as a basic
right for man and animal, it is man's moral obligation
to respect the freedom of others.
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The group of people who eat
meat, can be split into two parts: those who eat meat
from industrial farming and those who eat biologically
produced meat, from f.e. local butchers or otherwise.
Due to industrial farming premature exhaustion takes
place of the earth, the environment, human health and
He or she who eats meat can
(apart from liking
its taste) only argue that meat is an easy and nourishing
food article. Possibly they may add that in free nature
certain animals too eat other animals. These animals don't
have other choices, man does and for that reason bears
responsibility for his choice of food.
The death of the animal also
cannot be seen as a rescue from suffering. To slaughter
animals is being done for the sake of the pleasure man
takes in eating meat. It is not a great motive that deserves
admiration. In particular if you consider the right to
live to belong to the right to freedom, you cannot avoid
the conclusion that killing animals (for the pleasure
of eating tasty) means a violation of their basic rights.
Not eating meat is increasingly becoming common
Vegetarians obviously live só healthy that a British insurance company offers them cheaper premiums.
In recent years everyone could become aware
of the scandals in the meat producing industry:
dioxin, hormones, swine fever and BSE. These scandals
point towards people's indifference where the fate of animals is concerned. How can
it be morally defended to eat meat from animals
that come from industrial farming? It can't be
defended, the meat consumer only shrugs his shoulders,
Is it healthier to eat less meat?
What, after all, can be against
skipping meat from your menu more often? That vegetarian
food can be quite nice and tasty, is common knowledge
Heavy consumption of hot dogs, sausages and other processed meats could raise the risk of pancreatic cancer, scientists heard yesterday at the annual meeting of the US cancer association.
Is it better than to eat wildlife?
It is naive to think all wildlife in restaurants comes from nature. Deer are kept by deer-breeders.
The website of the Dutch Society for the Animal Protection
states: "Many people put wildlife on their menu
for Christmas. However, in many cases the wild is far
from being as wild as the name suggests. Deer f.e.:
the number of animals being shot in Holland on an annual
basis, which averages some 450 of them, is by far not
enough to meet the demand for deer-meat. For that reason
they are being commercially bred and deer-meat is being
imported from Belgium, Great Britain and New Zealand.
Fair chance therefore that the "wild animal"
on your dish did not originate from wildlife. Then add
to this knowledge that deer are in no way suited to
be kept in captivity, and consequently ask yourself
once more if deer indeed has to be on your menu at all."
In respect of wild swine, something similar applies:
many of them are kept on special farms in Poland.
Is eating fish better than eating meat?
One could still reason:
fish live freely in the sea, so before being cought
they had a good life.
For a review on abuses in the fishing industry,
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