Hello, this will not be inflammatory, I have no intention of trolling or disrupting the board or site. The only purpose of this thread, is to have an intelligent discourse with like minded people of good temperment with regards to why it is or is not okay to eat meat. As a forward, I won't be replying to anyone who is flaming or just attacking, I would like to have a thoughtful conversation with whomever out there is open minded and interested in having one.
Again, I hope this thread is not removed, as the behavior and language will be moderate. It is just a healthy discussion.
I suppose I'll start it off with my macro viewpoint which is, that is wrong to kill animals in order for us to eat. We kill cognitive beings simply for the pleasure of taste. We do not need to eat meat for survival like our ancestors, we have grocery stores that could supply us with decades of meals without meat. It is a choice we make as a people.
Some will say, it's our right, we evolved this way. But we also used to rape women, that was intrinsic. We also used to steal from those weaker than us. However, we evolved to one of the higher levels of evolution, which is a moral evolution. Empathy. We realized we have a choice, and we can morally rise above those decisions. I believe killing animals for meat is one of the biggest and longest lasting hold overs of our moral evolution. We end cognizant animals' lives for no reason other than we like the taste and texture of their flesh. That is all. Pigs are more intelligent than dogs, so all retorts about animals being dumb and have no feelings have no bearing.
I'll say I have a little more respect for hunters since they are actually aware of the what happens during a kill, and what happens to the animal before it hits the plate, as opposed to consumers who just eat innocuous pink flesh wrapped in plastic. But the moral argument still remains the same. I don't believe we have the right to kill Billions of animals each year, simply for the luxury of taste.
I greatly appreciate anyone who would like to respond tactfully and tastefully. I can't respond to people who just yell, curse and flame because it will waste everyone's time and not help either side.