Originally posted by guglu-baby
this is where conscience comes into play...and this is what makes us different from rest of the animals.
I agree with your first point that we need to eat others FOR SURVIVAL...but why eat other animals when you already have plants to survive on?
Nature expects us to cause least possible damage and inflict minimum possible pain...so, i don't support taking life for mere satisfaction of taste buds.
meat is not the only source of protein, pulses and seeds provide sufficient proteins to our body...and there is a limit to the amount of protein our body can accept, so the overdose is a waste anyways.
killing is ALWAYS inhuman...these are two opposite things. To 'kill in a humane way' is like saying we should rob our neighbour honestly!
And getting killed is always painful(not considering the use of anaesthetics), no matter how quick the killer is.
Yes conscience is there, but we have to accept the fact that our existence will cause destruction. Without even eating, we have harmed animals. Killing animals for leather to make bags and shoes, testing cosmetic products on them first, I condemn these things more because meat feeds us and helps us live while these things are just for vanity purposes. And we have made many species extinct by doing these things, not eating them. We cleared forest reserves and made city, destroying their natural habitat. That's cruel Our modern life is producing pollution, destroying aquatic life, radiation harming birds, etc. Are we willing to give up our modern life and ready to go back to jungles? We destroy ants, insects, mosquitoes, rats etc. in our life. Are their life less valuable because they are small? And plants are living beings too.
We have evolved as omnivores, have canine teeth and enzymes required to digest meat. Our brain has become so evolved because of complex protein from animal sources. We are built to eat meat and plants in a balanced way. And animal protein is always better than plant protein. And they are more protein dense. I bodybuild and require nearly 150g protein a day. To get that from plant sources, I have to eat so much that I will cross my caloric limit. My parents are traditional, so I don't get to eat non veg in my home. But I plan to start eating as soon as I move out to college. Also, many nutrients like vitamin B12 are found only in meats. So, being pure veg can cause some nutrition deficiency, unless you research and make sure you are taking everything.
No, killing in humane way is possible. You just stun them or cut that fast that they don't feel pain. Beheading can be done in fraction of seconds.
So, yeah killing is bad but that's nature for you. You either kill or get killed. Should lions feel bad for killing deer? Maybe. But living means killing, and we have to live with it. But at last, it is a personal choice. If one feels guilty, he should become vegetarian.
Edited by Freethinker112 - 08 August 2012 at 9:20pm