Eating Animals Is Not Humane

When a rabbit is shot through the Corpus Albicans and the Cerebellum it’s pain receptors are shut down. It feels nothing, and dies within a few milliseconds. This has been proven and therefore it is extremely humane. People seem to forget man was once hunted by animals. We are part of the “animal Kingdom” and part of life is eating other animals in order to get protein. Our technological advance is what has separated us from other species, but that doesn’t mean we should stop eating meat?! I’m fully aware that we can all live off a vegan diet, full of artificial products to replace primary proteins gained through animal meat. However why should we?

My reply

Hello, thank you for the comment. I will reply in parts.

When a rabbit is shot through the Corpus Albicans and the Cerebellum it’s pain receptors are shut down. It feels nothing, and dies within a few milliseconds. This has been proven and therefore it is extremely humane.

I agree that you can, in theory (and not at the large scale required to feed humans), kill an animal without any pain. However, this does not make the killing morally acceptable. Killing animals, thus depriving them from their right to life, for no necessity, is wrong. The definition of humane is “having or showing compassion or benevolence.” Synonyms: compassionate, kind, considerate. Therefore, “extremely humane”, as you put it, and shooting animals, are not compatible. No humane person would want to take the lives away from animals for no necessity. Especially not an extremely humane one. More information on this here.

People seem to forget man was once hunted by animals. We are part of the “animal Kingdom” and part of life is eating other animals in order to get protein. Our technological advance is what has separated us from other species, but that doesn’t mean we should stop eating meat?!

It is our separation of the “animal kingdom” and “nature” that has made us become more ethical. You must not forget that cannibalism, rape and other unethical behaviours were abundant in our natural state. Of course something being natural does not imply it is ethical. Believing so would be falling into an “appeal to nature fallacy”, and by that logic you would be against unnatural medicine to treat natural diseases. This argument is completely invalid.

You can get all the protein you want from plant sources without the adverse health effects of eating meat, dairy and eggs (cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, etc). Vegans on average get almost the same amount of protein as non-vegans without supplementation (see Figure 1 here). This is because all plant foods contain protein and when you eat enough calories of a variety of these you easily meet all your protein needs. Protein deficiency only occurs in subjects with chronic under-eating. And even so, it is more likely you die of fat deficiency than protein deficiency in a state of starvation.

Finally, yes, that means we should stop eating animals body parts and their secretions because it is unethical and environmentally destructive, and we’re smart enough to do better.

I’m fully aware that we can all live off a vegan diet, full of artificial products to replace primary proteins gained through animal meat. However why should we?

The first part of this paragraph is factually wrong. The only artificial product that vegans need to be at optimal health is a B12 supplement. Everything else you can get from whole plant foods or the sun. And in reality, you are already eating artificial products because most animals you eat are artificially injected with B12: Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Cattle. Not to mention if you’re against “artificial” products, you should reconsider your eating habits. Why? Because farmers artificially inseminate cows to give birth to a calf, that we then separate from their mother, so we can drink her milk. Other examples of artificial processes in the animal industries are abundant. Or do you think factory farms are a natural phenomenon? As I mentioned before, you can obtain protein easily on a vegan diet without consuming protein powders or other supplements. Vegan diets are nutritionally adequate and healthful for all stages of life, according to the American Dietetics Association.

Why should we stop eating meat? Because taking the life away from an animal when we don’t need to is a violent act, and in 99% of cases animals suffer throughout their lives or are in distress when they die. Because animal agriculture is responsible for up to 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (transport only accounts for about 13%), it is the main reason for ocean dead zones, deforestation of the rainforests and water pollution. Because eating animals increases your chances of a series of diseases that cost health services round the world significant amounts of money. Because it is a huge waste of food to eat at a high level of the food chain, and it is outrageous that we are feeding food to 56 billion animals world wide, but we still have human beings starving to death in Africa and elsewhere.

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