Why eating meat is not wrong.
Domestic animals have had a long standing relationship with mankind. In the book Covenant Of The Wild by Stephen Budiansky ,(HarperCollins 1992) the author theorises that domestic animals made an agreement with mankind that by providing food, water and protection from predators . In return we would eat them and give them a quick death. The latter reason alone does compare quite favourably with herbivores in Africa who when they do die are first of all chased to the point of exhaustion and to be torn to pieces while alive. Nature is an unscrupulous bastard. In a way our technological development has allowed us insulated from nature. This has its good and bad points. However by engaging in factory farming the author suggests we are breaking the pact. I therefore never have endorsed factory farming. Herbivores evolved or were created to be eaten by other animals including man. Some herbivores have several stomaches in order to digest cellulose something as humans we cannot do. Domestic animals eat so we can eat.
Even if herbivores had no predators ? a situation that has been created in the eastern side of the dingo fence for kangaroos if left uncontrolled their numbers continue to grow to the point of eating grass at an unsustainable rate that leaves the kangaroos to die of starvation. Shooting programs are therefore become necessary. Sometimes it is necessary to cruel to be kind.
In nature everything gets recycled aka decomposition. Eating meat is just the first part of the process.
For further reading on why it is not such a good idea read this excellent essay by ex-vegetarian Craig Fitzroy.
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