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Should People Become Vegetarian?


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  • +22 +77 -55 Vicki Van Linden Jun. 16, 2011
    "I agree completely with Paul Watson's comments that:
    "There is not enough fish in the world's oceans to feed 6.6 billion human beings and another 10 billion domestic animals. That is why all the world's commercial fisheries are collapsing" and "The meat industry is one of the most destructive ecological industries on the planet." For the sake of the earth alone, we can eat a plant-based diet in order to sustain resources for all who live on our planet, of all species, including human. Some of the healthiest people on earth do not eat dairy, and the nations with highest levels of obesity are highly meat-eating nations."
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    • +2 +2 0 Environment Helper Apr. 28, 2013
      "I agree but is their enough plants to feed all of those humans and animal. Plus us humans have abused animals and we should stop but that doesn't mean we should stop eating meat we just have to minimize our portions and give animals the right care. People who follow Islam and Judaism do and believe this. And people who are vegetarians should not discourage and harass meat-eaters. Well harass the meat industry for being heartless."
    • +1 +1 0 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "Some of the healthiest people do eat dairy. So? Also, obesity is people's choices. You can eat a healthier diet as an omnivore than as a vegetarian. What is the meat industry destroying? This calls for a reformation, not a complete obliteration."
    • +1 +3 -2 Aaron Oct. 11, 2011
      "Not everybody needs to eat only fish or seafood. There are plenty of cattle that people can eat instead of fish. So if you combine all of the fish and cattle you wont get enough meat to feed 6.6 billion people, but you will get enough to feed about half of them."
  • +20 +65 -45 Lascatzz May. 31, 2011
    "Anyone who eats meat should never waste any, even if it doesn't taste good. After all, it is a life that was given up.
    I'd probably eat meat if I didn't think about what I was doing. But since I do think about it, I can't bring myself to eat animal flesh. It would make me vomit if I ate it.
    Meat eaters should eat much less meat. Then there wouldn't be factory farms. There are only the factory farms due to the high meat consumption (for humans and pets) and bad animal management. Some animals are fed their own species in their food. Sickening. That is how mad cow disease is spread.
    Eat in moderation, be thankful to God for everything, don't be wasteful. Always think about what you are eating. Don't have your head in the sand box.
    Thank you for listening."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Kat Nov. 3, 2011
      "Bravo! I totally agree."
  • +8 +36 -28 4evrVegetarian Jan. 10, 2012
    "Humans have lives; Cows (should) have lives; Chickens, turkeys, fish, and pigs (should) have lives. Are we much different? Eating meat is killing living things. It's not right to kill a living thing. Vegetarians are healthier, and strong, and always are helping by saying, "No, thanks, I'll have a salad." and that will help, a lot!"
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    • -1 0 -1 Sam Jan. 25, 2014
      "They have lives, but do they possess conscious thought?"
  • +7 +17 -10 Mackenzie May. 2, 2013
    "Many of significant people in our history have been vegetarian (Many of those of the Enlightenment Period) and they were able to do it. But Back then the meat industry wasn't so large and so sickening so I believe that it is very necessary for us to stop eating at least one particular animal. Animal meat is a resource, not an absolute need."
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  • +7 +36 -29 Samantha Jan. 16, 2012
    "Vegetarianism is actually a very healthy lifestyle. As someone who has both high blood pressure and high cholesterol in my family I find it to be a healthy decision for me. As well I am an avid animal lover and after discovering PETA and learning of the cruelties inflicted on these animals during their short lives, I simply cannot imagine eating meat. We live in a society where technology has given us alternatives to eating meat and senseless killing of animals no longer is required."
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    • -2 +1 -3 Ruacha Jun. 8, 2013
      "Unfortunatly PETA is not a great company either though. It is up to each individual to treat animals and other species including humans with kindness."
  • +6 +36 -30 Compassionovrkilling Jul. 8, 2011
    "I have been a vegetarian for four years and I am for others consuming meat, under one condition; free range. Free range animals are not abused in factory farms and slaughter houses and not to mention safer for consumption. Think about all of the harsh chemicals going into your body, and eating 1,000 cows at one time with each burger you consume. God did not put animals on this earth to abuse them, torture them by injecting harsh chemicals just to fatten them up and grow faster and then killing them. God put animals on this earth to roam freely, eat what they're meant to eat, and then killed. Next time you're craving meat, think about what that animal had to go through. Consuming meat isn't a necessity, it's selfish."
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    • +1 +1 0 Andrea May. 31, 2012
      "That's awesome, but just make sure those free range products are actually ethical. Many manufacturers are able to slap that "free range" label on their products while still their animals to suffer because of loopholes!"
  • +5 +7 -2 Janelle Apr. 11, 2014
    "My decision would be Pro Vegetarian. According to Procon.org, "Over 10 pounds of plant protein are used to produce one pound of beef protein. If these grains were fed to humans instead of animals, more food would be available for the 925 million people in chronic hunger worldwide." The evidence given is telling us that instead of feeding grains to our animals for food we could feed those grains to other people. This would help solve the hunger worldwide problem."
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  • +5 +6 -1 Emma Apr. 3, 2014
    "We kill so many animals every day, yet when one human is, say, attacked by a shark, everyone freaks out and tries to kill the shark. Imagine if every time we killed an animal all its kind got angry at humans and tried to kill us. The world would be chaos."
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    • 0 0 0 Macavin Oct. 17, 2014
      "But we're at the top of the food chain and I agree with you that people don't care when animals are killed but the native Americans valued animal life and honored the animals by using every part of them and not letting it to go to waist it's the natural balance"
  • +5 +32 -27 Ashley Jan. 10, 2012
    "I, personally , am not a vegetarian. However, I am not against it. I can see how eating meat , for some people , might be disturbing. One minute they are a living, breathing creature, the next they are a hamburger. I sometimes squirm when I see dead animals. I can not go hunting because it is too sad. Also, if you do eat meat, you need to watch your cholesteral , ( I am not sure I spelt that right.). So do not look down on vegetarians. Just because they are different , does not mean they are not human, or whatever you want to call it. They just do not eat meat. Some people do not like mustard, ketchup, chocolate, etc. Is there truly anything wrong with that?"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Madeline Jan. 30, 2012
      "I completely agree and it is good that you are not judging people and you r speaking fromt the other side.u r also a great writer and u should continue your work!"
  • +4 +5 -1 Charles Jun. 4, 2014
    "This is not an issue of civil liberties! Just as we should not be allowed to torture others, own slaves or exploit child labor, we should not be allowed to torture animals in the most abject conditions to have cheaper burgers. I have no problem with ethically farmed animals - but factory farming has to go. PERIOD
    Until the day I can trust animals are not mindlessly tortured, I will be vegetarian as I want no part of that."
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    • 0 0 0 Macavin Oct. 17, 2014
      "Yes I agree that animals should not be tortured but most are killed in a fast and painless way. I believe if God didn't want us to eat meat he would punish us for doing so and it's a way of life. Everything has to die at some point and everything will return to the earth one way or another. It's just life."
  • +4 +5 -1 melanie morrison Mar. 5, 2014
    "people are entitles to their own beliefs and thoughts. if someone feels that they have their own reasoning for not wanting to eat a dead animal, so be it."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Evan Mar. 5, 2014
    "I eat meat, continuously every day. But, others don't wan to, they choose to be vegetarian. I see no actual problems with anyone being vegetarian. They don't affect you, they don't cause your body distress, they don't force you to eat their food. As humans we are self aware, if someone who's a vegetarian or even vegan become ill from not consuming red meat. Guess what! They'll eat some red meat and go back to how they where! I have never seen someone to bent on not eating meat they allowed themselves to die over it. I have no idea what would make people think they can influence life choices on people's diets. there should be no issue with it as long as my vegetarian friends don't steal my bacon!"
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  • +4 +11 -7 Nuetral...esqu May. 30, 2013
    "I believe that if a person is able to live with how these creatures are slaughtered or taken care of, done the research, and has intellectually CHOSEN to go Vegan or Vegetarian, then he or she has every right. However, bashing either side without all knowledge of any events or even keeping up with events is what makes the actions of human beings wrong. Personally, I am pro animal rights, that is why I am on the left side of the column."
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  • +4 +16 -12 Grace Dec. 7, 2012
    "I believe that those people who want to, and who choose to should be come vegetarians. You can live a very healthy and good lifestyle being either vegetarian or not."
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  • +4 +26 -22 Mary Sitz Feb. 21, 2012
    "I think being a vegetarian is a great life style. It allows for a balanced intake of food and reds a person of the harms too much meat can cause. Many studies have been done and have clearly shown nothing is wrong, it's actually a better eating habit than those who chose to eat meat, as long as the diet is balanced and protein is received through things such as nuts or peanut butter. As a general observation of mine the average person likes fast food and eats what tastes good, many are obese. but vegetarians and vegans, because of their lifestyle, are conscious of what they put into their mouths and therefore are lead healthier lives and can educate others with a better understanding of the food in the world."
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    • -3 +1 -4 TheMeatWhisperer Mar. 14, 2012
      "Actually, the vegetarian diet is far from ideal. It lacks protein and the B12 vitamin. In a recent study, 2 out of 3 vegetarians are deficient in the B12 vitamin. But only 1 out of 20 non-vegetarians are lacking that vitamin. And it is offending to me to see that you think that people like fast food. That is an assumption, and not a very accurate one. And although obesity is a problem in the U.S., not very many people are obese. Many are overweight, though. But, in fact, meat has nothing to do with being overweight, when you eat the right amount, which most people do. In fact, a serving of lean meat has the exact same amount of protein as a serving of beans, but the MEAT has less calories. So it's you vegetarian people who should be worrying about being overweight."
  • +4 +24 -20 SR Feb. 10, 2012
    "I have been Vegetarian since i was 11, i dont have a problem with people eating meat, but you should never waste, i believe if we have to kill animals it should be human as possible, i do have a problem with people genetically engineering animals such as chicken to be bigger, by pumping them full of hormones so they can make an extra dollar, or putting ports ( a rubber hole) on the sides of cows connecting to there stomachs to make sure there stomach contents are just right and they are getting the right amount of hormones. Its truly sickening the things company's do to make sure they spend less and make more money. You dont even want to know how Chicken nuggets are made.

    The thing people dont realize is being a vegetarian doesnt mean your diet consists of veggies, it means a diet with out meat, Personally i hate veggies, i am what you call a Lacto Ovo Vegetarian, Which means my diet consists of mostly dairy, there are other ways to get protein, But as i said to begin with there is nothing wrong with eating meat, people just need to cut back on it, Red meat may be good to others but it is horrible in big amounts to the body, it causes many health problems such as heart disease and colon cancer, and other things. just be smart."
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  • +4 +38 -34 alex May. 30, 2011
    "animals can get hurt because of our needs. also people can get protiens from another substance"
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    • 0 0 0 isaiah Oct. 23, 2014
      "so what every thing dies evenually"
    • 0 0 0 Jordan Nov. 19, 2013
      "I aggree with you. one hamburger can destroy 50 square feet of a rainforest. and tofu and way more vegitarian-based foods have more protien than meat"
  • +3 +3 0 Olivia Maloney Jul. 3, 2014
    "Being a vegetarian isn't just a diet.It's not something to be taken lightly, so I warn you I might get a bit out of control in this topic. I know all of the meat eater arguments top to bottom, I've been a vegetarian so long people aren't worth arguing with I realize. However, when I want to put my opinion out there, I will, because this is more important than anything. Here are the most common meat eater arguments I see: Humans are omnivores, it's so delicious though!, we need protein, we've been doing it for so long, animals and humans aren't equal... and the list goes on. I could easily list many points to prove those arguments wrong. Humans are the most prideful creatures. We think we have so much knowledge on animals when we barely understand ourselves. We can't understand them, so how could we test their sense of being on a scale from 1-10. How is it that an animal being most like a human deserves to live the most? The only reason you think it's okay is because that's what's been formed to your mind, but if you wake up and smell the dead roses you'll realize a Holocaust times a million is going on outside your back window. Just because we've been doing it for so long doesn't make it okay. I don't need meat, I'm still standing"
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  • +3 +18 -15 gf May. 14, 2012
    "i am pro for vegetarinism. it is wrong to kill animals and people that eat meat, how will u feel if u were killed for ur body?"
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  • +3 +22 -19 Maria Feb. 22, 2012
    "because i can walk a step in their shoes and want to run back a mile!"
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  • +3 +25 -22 Hannah Dec. 16, 2011
    "It is true that our evolutionary ancestors ate meat. And it is true that their meat consumption helped them thrive. But this is not ancient times. When we are hungry, we do not go out and kill, skin, and prepare an animal before eating it. Our ancestors did not have ways of pumping out massive amounts of meat from animals that have never seen the outside world. Meat today is not the meat that was eaten 100 years ago. It is pumped full of synthetic materials and the animals are fed an unnatural diet that, due to generations of artificial selection, they now cannot live without. If a person was to go out and hunt every piece of meat they ate and eat the entirety of the animal, not wasting any part, then I would support that. Since I can think of no one that is willing to do this, I'll stick to vegetarianism."
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  • +3 +24 -21 VeggieTales Dec. 13, 2011
    "I do think vegetarianism is a good thing. If you can read, you will see that it can stop certain dieseases and have some major world benefits. I'm not trying to say that everyone should be a vegetarian, nor am I trying to force my beleifs on everybody. I am just trying to say that we should think about our actions and take the blame for them....You've made the bed but I hope you've cleaned the sheets!"
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  • +3 +27 -24 Deirdre Nov. 4, 2011
    "as humans we are the most advanced species in the world
    because we have choices if we want to or don't want to be vegiterians. Animals don't get that choice but they can be carnivores herbivores or ombivores. we as humans are ombivores. ia m a pro vegitarian"
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    • -1 0 -1 dirty d Feb. 17, 2012
      "b12 is essential for human survival, and therefore humans DO NEED MEAT! if you didnt know(which im guessing you dont, since you say "ombivore") an OMNIVORE is a species that eats both PLANTS and MEAT. the only reason the word vegetarian exists is because the mass population of humans lives in an urban environment, where grocery stores are abundant."
  • +3 +30 -27 Katherine Oct. 31, 2011
    "I am pro vegetarian because meat is healthy and natural for human beings, it is definitely a more ethical and humane diet than eating meat, and it is also much better for the environment. Facts don't lie: take a look at the way we are built, our teeth and our jaw, and our digestive system. It is more similar to an herbivore than a carnivore. Plus, we lack a carnivore's instincts (we don't dream of killing terrified animals and eating them raw, for instance.) Farmed animals are not all treated well, and 95% of them are 'factory farmed', basically, raised and killed in an entirely gruesome manner. Plus, meat is incredibly unhealthy for the environment. It contributes to pollution, deforestation, erosion, etc. How can you argue against these facts? Do your research, and you will find that we all should be vegetarian."
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  • +2 +2 0 Evaclair Nov. 14, 2014
    "Although I still do eat meat and its really hard for me to stop, I try avoiding it. I would like to minimize the lives I am responsible for."
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  • +2 +3 -1 tris Aug. 17, 2014
    "I'm doing a debate on this and it really helped! Thanks proncon.org"
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  • +2 +3 -1 arty May. 12, 2014
    "I am pro vegetarianism."
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  • +2 +4 -2 MissRose Apr. 22, 2014
    "You may be unaware of how disgusting factory farms are, and if you're ignorant enough you will refuse to educate yourself.Just don't be a liar and say you love animals, because in reality you pay someone else to torture, drug, and slaughter hundreds of animals per eater every year.

    It's really immature to try to justify that. Thousands of dead animals everyday why? Oh, because it tastes good. Because you like how it tastes and don't care what you're putting into your body.
    Not that I care if you eat meat because you will anyway, just don't try to act like you give a damn about animals when you don't.

    Just eat your meat and don't be a hypocrite about it. You like killing and eating animals. You don't love animals."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Mo Apr. 18, 2014
    "killing innocent animals for food is cruel when you have plenty of other things to eat and stay healthy with."
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  • +2 +4 -2 kristin Mar. 19, 2014
    "My blood pressure is normal now, my cholesterol is normal now, I have more energy, my skin looks better then ever"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Linz Feb. 18, 2014
    "People who believe the commercial meat industry provides for a pain-free, ethical, hygienic death to these animals for consumption should spend a day at a slaughterhouse."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Mary Jackson Nov. 13, 2013
    "If you eat beans or leafy veggies like kale you can get protein. Also you can lose your muffin top.????"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Jake Nov. 8, 2013
    "There should be no questions about it if you have a heart, even if a vegetarian diet was bad for my own heath I would adopt it because I care about others."
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  • +2 +14 -12 Lev Bernstein Jan. 31, 2013
    "Animals can still suffer. By killing animals to eat them, we are causing them to suffer. There is a 5% error rate on the animal killing floor, so in some slaughterhouses, 20 cows an hour have large holes in their heads because the slaughtering machine didn't kill them. The animals suffer as a result."
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    • +1 +1 0 Ruacha Jun. 8, 2013
      "Yes. This is horrible and true! The percentage is probably higher even yet and we are not told about it. Just like the bacteria testing. The FDA is SUPPOSE to close a facility after MULTIPLE times of FAILING the bacteria tests. Even with this 'LAW' Tyson, Cargill, and others that have FAILED MANY times in court they are stilled ruled in favor for serving their dis-eased filled product. All filled with bacteria. ALL filled with hormones of FEAR, PAIN, ANGER...and much more. Upon digesting these products you too are filled with these same hormones."
    • 0 0 0 omnomnomnomnivore Apr. 23, 2014
      "You must follow PETA. and some animals are meant to be eaten. If not we would be over populated with them"
  • +2 +18 -16 Veronika Adrain Nov. 2, 2012
    "yes, its so unethical to be a meat-eater. its wrong, if you look at it through the animals eyes your getting raised to be slaughtered. id rather be never born, than be raised for my meat."
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  • +2 +16 -14 Fernando May. 24, 2012
    "The main issue with "meat-eaters" becomes apparent in their on arguments. Meat is a "convenient" source of protein and saturated fats.
    Sure, we ate it for 2.3 million years, but who is "we"? the hunters and gatherers, up until we found a way to establish ourselves in the land, its a means to survive until we can re-establish ourselves and then agriculture takes over.

    I went vegetarian for the health benefits alone, I will let someone else argue for the animal rights.
    A large problem with meat is the high fat and cholesterol content. According to a study 75% of heart attack patients were under the recommended cholesterol levels. These are the people who "eat meat but are active and healthy", no matter how much exercise and activity is added, your body cannot make up for consuming such a concentrated amount of toxins.
    The only downside to vegetarianism is if it comes as a "fad" for some people, which WILL lead to malnutrition, as well as trying to "replace" meat with processed equivalents such as the veggie patties, textured soy, tofu, etc, those products will throw your balance out the window just as fast as meat."
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  • +2 +20 -18 Kaley Feb. 28, 2012
    "I'm a vegetarian for alll the reasons listed. it's sad to say though that at the end of the day no one cares. They just want their stupid steak. Oh well........"
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  • +2 +22 -20 vegetarian^_^ Feb. 25, 2012
    "Humans eat too many animals each year!!! Yes, I guess you could eat meat sometimes but think about what they do to the animals. Animals in the wild don't torture their prey because its 'cheaper' they just eat it to survive. Companies only sell the animals for money, not to eat. So please think about thins and hopefully realise what we humans are doing, not just to the animals around us but also all the plants and living things on planet Earth."
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  • +2 +21 -19 Meghan Feb. 12, 2012
    "There are a lot of reasons to become a vegetarian. Of course there are the ethical and moral reasons. There are also a lot of health benefits (assuming you plan your diet correctly). There has been research that shows how inefficient manufacturing meat is too. It has been said that the amount of food we waste feeding livestock to create meat could end world hunger! There is no good excuse for eating meat. People are too lazy to plan their diets or too selfish to give up "tasty" animal flesh to end some suffering."
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  • +2 +23 -21 Emily B. Jan. 9, 2012
    "Eating meat is cruel, and basically it's murder. No, you wouldn't eat your dog, so, would you go kill a cow or turkey, without reason?!?!? No. Eating meat is wrong, and that's all I have to say."
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  • +2 +27 -25 Rebecca Nov. 4, 2011
    "I am pro because vegeterians help protect the earth. By planting and making the soil fertile it is helping the enviroment and the organisims on the enviroment. People always are asking me how do you get your protein? Then i say some grains have protein and since I am not a vegan dairy such as eggs have as much protein as a slice od steak. It has been scientificly proven that vegeterians have a better digestive and imune system then a carnivore does. My last reason is our human body. If you are a scientists and you compare a carnivores and a herbivorea body system we as humans have more in common with herbivores. That explains how we dont have a natural instinct to eat animals raw. Vegeterians are scientificly correct!!!!"
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    • -1 0 -1 A knowledge seeker Feb. 18, 2013
      "ummm not really, over farming is a serious issue as well. forests are cleared, fertile soil depleted or eroded, and pesticides used to kill pests. both mass farming and mass livestock grazing are dangerous to the enviroment and both are safe and fine in small scale. Secondly, we do have a lot in common with herbivores but not significantly more than carnivores. Humans are classified as omnivores afterall, we eat a combination of the two to complete and meat(hehe) our dietary values. I think the issue more lies in acting responsibly as a species"
  • +2 +31 -29 Patrice Keating Jun. 22, 2011
    "Proponents of a vegan diet/lifestyle cite scientific studies and not just a belief system....Not ingesting animal products erradicates heart disease and can protect against environmental toxins...Plenty of literature out there...read the CHINA STUDY....read John McDougall,M.D...We as a people are suffering/dying from our Standard American Diet..now is the time to make changes...simple."
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  • +1 +1 0 Lilly Jun. 4, 2014
    "I think that everything in this article supports my belief in vegetarianism. Who decided that humans were superior to animals and could treat them with cruelty and not feel guilty? I try to respect everyone's views, but I feel vegetarians don't get enough support. I have been vegetarian for 16 years and have never regretted it. You can not be an animal lover and eat meat. Being an animal lover means you love ALL animals, not just bunnies and chipmunks. You do not eat the ones you love. Go vegetarian! Save lives!"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Nicki May. 21, 2014
    "I want to ask why people qould actually want to eat meat? It costs money, it's effort to prepare, it takes up your spare time. Aren't we simply giving life to beautiful creatures with the sole purpose to kill them again? We might not be doing it personally, yet by buying meat products from the shops, we are increasing the demand for the meat, and therefore companies have to kill more livestock. Even if you refuse animal products once every month, even every year, you are helping the animals. Remember that by stopping this horrible business, you arehelping the ones that can't help themselves. It might sound silly, but if I can influence anyone to give up meat for just a day of their lovely life, I would feel honoured. Thank you for those who are listening."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Nan May. 21, 2014
    "I'm a vegetarian because according to the Bible, God created people to eat plants. I understand that after the flood God allowed people to eat animals, but when God supplied food to a person, God provided a plant-based diet as the ideal."
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  • +1 +3 -2 beth May. 5, 2014
    "No living creature should be slaughtered for human consumption"
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  • +1 +9 -8 Animal Lover Jun. 28, 2013
    "Animals are human beings just like us. They experience things that we do like pain, love, stress, happiness, anger, joy etc. so it not fair to kill something that are like us. Some countries do not eat some eat like beef or pork and they are living a happy life so it is not like they are missing meat. Restaurants in the US like McDonalds should be changed to MCCRUEALTY because McDonalds treat animals badly. BE A VEGETARIAN NOW"
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    • -1 0 -1 respectfullydisagree Mar. 28, 2014
      "that is not a very well thought out comment, human beings are completely different from common animals. We are at the top of the food chain, so we can eat whatever we want.I believe it is my right to eat meat simply because i like it. i would like to include that I eat everything on my plate it is stupid to waste food, especially meat. I do agree with you on your argument of fast food chains and animal treatment in general > it's terrible."
  • +1 +12 -11 rachel Nov. 21, 2012
    "i'm not going to say that either side is right or wrong. i feel it's an individual choice. we each have the responsibility to ourselves and to each other to collect the facts, analyze, decide and put those decisions into action. we have free will to choose what goes into our bodies.
    however, i will say that after a careful consideration of the facts and personal beliefs, i decided to be veg. for me it was a decision that led to better health. but i do know others for whom a veg lifestyle did not work. and let's face it there are those who live in areas where a veg lifestyle would not only be impractical but nearly impossible. in the arctic it's hard to grow veggies and expensive to ship them. the expense would create a burden on the population. however this is not a free pass to everyone else who lives in climates where vegetation flourishes to go ahead and eat wanton amounts of meat because our brothers in the arctic region have to in order to survive. we all need to live in accord with our own regional climate and environment. when we do this, we will be healthier and happier. stop trying to mold the earth to do things it shouldn't. if you can grow you own garden and harvest you own food. be one with the earth."
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  • +1 +21 -20 vi Mar. 18, 2012
    "No animal need die for me to live"
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  • +1 +22 -21 Lydia Dec. 21, 2011
    "I think people should be vegetarians because animals get put in cages in the dark and get fed food that is not good for their digestive system. Also animals have the right to live and it is not okay to kill a living thing."
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  • +1 +26 -25 Doug Hernandez Dec. 8, 2011
    "i use to eat meat all the time i love chesseburgers but now im a vegetarian and have been for 6 months now and i reliezed that you dont really need to eat meat, im doing just fine without it and i feel great. i think that if ur not a vegetarian you should at least try to eat less meat i mean its not going to kill you"
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    • +1 +1 0 Ashley Jan. 10, 2012
      "I think that you are absolutely right. I am not a vegetarian, but I have chosen to lay off some. I am still very young, so I have to eat what is put on the table. But, I choose to eat more veggies ,fruits, etc., and cut down the meat . It is a healthier lifestyle and it can help you in the long run. Btw, congrats on 6 months ! Keep it up and I will too!"
  • +1 +32 -31 St. Mortiz Nov. 3, 2011
    "Because if you are a vegetarian female, your date will love you for it. Much, much less expensive to date a vegetarian woman."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Meat Lover Apr. 20, 2012
      "Um, I'm PRETTY sure that vegetarian restaurants are waaaaaay more expensive that delicious places such as In'n'Out and McDonalds."
  • +1 +35 -34 morgan Sep. 25, 2011
    "im a vegeterian becaus the slaughter of animals in inhumane and cruel they are tortured until death and it is so wrong!"
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    • +1 +4 -3 Katherine Oct. 31, 2011
      "I agree! Well put!"
    • 0 +2 -2 william Jun. 25, 2012
      "They are not "tortured until death" that is animal cruelty and illegal therefore not possible in the USA. If too many people stop eating meat or at least eat less, then people would lose jobs because there is less demand for meat leading to less production. Millions of people going homeless is worse than the painless death of millions of farm animals that are not even self-aware. However, i do respect the fact that you have your own beliefs on animals and how they are treated"
  • +1 +30 -29 Mike Jul. 26, 2011
    "I'm pro because producing meat is inefficient compared plant-based diets, because killing animals creates greater suffering in sentient creatures than killing plants. I'm pro because industry farming animals is far worse than industry farming plants (which is bad, but not nearly as much) though organic in all areas are better. I'm pro because I can make a conscious choice to leave as peacefully as possible with as small as footprint in order to make as much room for other beings as I can. No meat eater can make these claims."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Federico May. 2, 2014
    "Morals change with time. If this discussion took place 200 years ago, we might have been debating the pros and cons of slavery -- and many people thought slavery was justified because blacks were biologically inferior to whites.

    Slavery was also a big financial sector of the U.S. economy. Between Slavery in the U.S. was once a major source of wealth: between 1805 and 1860, the total wealth in slaves fluctuated between $5 and $13 trillion (2011 US dollars). But economic arguments are not necessarily moral arguments.

    And yet, the U.S. survived the loss of the multi-trillion dollar industry known as slavery. They realised that blacks were people, too, had to be treated better.

    Now I get to my point: People vote with their dollar. To that end, they are responsible for the enterprises they support. How are we to look at the billions of animals we keep in factory stalls? Are animals like pigs and cows so stupid and immune to pain that the dollar value (and taste) of their flesh makes it ok to factory-produce them?

    More to the point about morals and history: how will people 100 years in the future look at our factory farms? How will history judge us?"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Freja M Apr. 11, 2014
    "The best and most healthy diet is being a vegetarian. To begin, "According to the USDA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, meat is not an essential part of a healthy diet." This shows meat does not have to be part of your diet because there are other things to replace it. In addition, "A vegetarian diet rich in whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy proteins helps to improve glycemic control in people who already have diabetes." This shows that by being a vegetarian you can still get all the nutrients you need. Finally, "On June 3, 2013 a peer-reviewed study of 73,308 people found that a vegetarian diet is associated with a 12% reduction in all-cause mortality." This shows that just from being a vegetarian you can live longer. Next time you have a meal, try to be a vegetarian, it will help you be more healthy."
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  • 0 +2 -2 billy bob joe willy Apr. 11, 2014
    "A vegetarian diet has many benefits that can help with your health, weight, and eating choices, and being a vegetarian means that you can't eat any meat. Now I have some facts that can support my opinion that being a vegetarian can give you the same number of nutrients that eating meat can give you. The first piece of evidence is "According to a peer-reviewed 1999 study of 76,000 people, vegetarians had 24 percent lower mortality from heart disease than meat eaters." This proves my point because it says that people who consume no meat are more likely to not get heart diseases compared to those who eat more meat. The next piece of textual evidence that supports my main idea "A Mar. 12, 2012 peer-reviewed study of 121,342 people found that eating red meat was associated with an increased risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease. [121] A peer-reviewed 2003 study found that adherence to vegetarian diets or diets very low in meat for 20 years or more can increase life expectancy by 3.6 years." This proves my point because it says people who have a vegetarian diet are more likely to live longer."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Vegan Apr. 11, 2014
    "The healthier choice for a diet is vegetarian, eating meat may be delicious but ask yourself, what is the better choice? "It can also provide all the necessary vitamins, fats, and minerals, and can improve one's health." says procon.org. Vegetarians are the healthier choice because vegetarians can get all the necessary fats, vitamins, and minerals to help improve your health. Procon.org also states that, "There are many sources of healthy vegetarian calcium including tofu, dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens, as well as fortified cereals." This also shows a healthier choice because you can get a lot of calcium without eating meat, instead you can have foods like spinach and tofu. "A vegetarian diet also helps lower blood pressure, prevent hypertension, and thus reduce the risk of stroke," said procon.org. Lastly, this is showing a healthier diet because having a vegetarian diet help prevent the risk of stroke, hypertension, and it lowers blood pressure as well."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Meg Apr. 10, 2014
    "I will not support the killing of innocent animals. There are many things I can eat that don't require murder."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Keelin Apr. 10, 2014
    "Im pro because eating animals is murder"
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    • 0 0 0 Sasame said Apr. 23, 2014
      "abortions are murder yet people still do it. (not saying i agree to abortions)"
  • 0 +3 -3 Kaitlyn Apr. 6, 2014
    "I believe that being a vegetarian has so many benefits, any a change towards eating healthier is great (weather it is becoming a vegetarian or not). I know I have become significantly less stresses since I became a vegetarian BUT it is not for everyone. Really, I sport healthy eating of any kind."
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  • 0 +3 -3 catherine mcdonald Mar. 29, 2014
    "yes! if people can cut out meat its a great thing! studies on studies have shown a vegetarian diet is healthy, if not healthier than meat diets. meat in moderation is fine but it is not a necessity i do not understand why people think of it in this way. in my opinion, i really do not understand why they think killing millions of animals is worth your taste buds. although i get it, we've been doing it this way for years, humans don't like change, its human nature. there is always those what ifs. but in this situation, there are so many pro vegetarian arguments i think it's a serious issue that needs to have something done about it. honestly i would have no problem, eating chicken if it was free run, but that is obviously often not the case so i dont eat it. vegetarian diets shown to ward of disease, less chances of infection, (and in bird farming the birds are often crammed in cages with some other birds who have died in the cage with them), helps to maintain weight, and allows appropriate nutrients for our bodies without all the extra unhealthy things for our hearts ect. vitamin b12 found in only meat products can now be given as a supplement for vegetarians."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Kimberly Mar. 26, 2014
    "I have been a vegetarian for over 2 years now and I love it. There was a time where I got very unhealthy but that's because I stopped eating correctly in general. Overall I feel extremely healthy and full of energy without the greasy, heavy feeling I would get from meat."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Kayla Mar. 20, 2014
    "Just because you are "vegetarian" doesn't mean you don't eat meat sometimes. There are many different types of vegetarians and some of them still eat chicken and fish whereas others eat absolutely no meat. I think it's fine either way as long as you aren't eating red meat. Red meat is filled with fat and one of the main causes for high cholesterol. So the reason I am vegetarian is not because I care about the animals (i mean i do but still not my main reason for being vegetarian) but because it's healthier overall."
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  • 0 +4 -4 anon Feb. 2, 2014
    "vegan sources of nutrients, including calcium, vitamin B12 and zinc are far superior. Meat does too much damage to our bodies, and too much damage is caused by sourcing iron as heme iron, intrinsic factor destroyed by meat renders vitamin B12 unavailable (it's absorbed twice as effectively from plant sources in the first place), it messes up zinc metabolism and absorption, calcium is absorbed so much better from plant sources, meat, eggs and dairy mess up our body's ability to produce DHA's, proper cholesterol and vitamin K2. Bizarrely enough, despite the fact that in the western world we're languishing in skyrocketing rates of food-borne illnesses and diseases caused by eating meat, proponents of meat, eggs and dairy keep trying to skew the research saying that it's unhealthy to be vegan, or a person is at risk in the long-term by being vegan. And even use those particular nutrients as excuses for eating meat of all things! The statistics, epidemiological studies, clinical findings and the nutritional research has spoken. Meat, eggs and dairy are deadly. For us and for planet Earth and all her other inhabitants."
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  • 0 +5 -5 charlotte Jan. 20, 2014
    "poor animals they get killed just cause we eat them"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Daysia Darko Sep. 16, 2013
    "animals are friends not food"
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  • 0 +8 -8 Ruacha May. 12, 2013
    "I have studied the impact of a vegetarian an vegan diet for 3 years or more now. The environmental aspects ALONE are a worthy cause to investigate. We have to be making better decisions for our planet! Then there is the health aspects! Vegetation is alkaline Meat is acidic. Dis-ease TRIVES in an acidic body! I could list thousands of reasons to at least incorporate veganism into your life. Even if it's not every day. I hope that ALL will do research and find what FEELs real and true for them selves :) Blessings of LOVE and Gratitude."
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  • 0 +10 -10 sam Mar. 11, 2013
    "i have been a hard core vegetarian for 5 years and and i am perfectly healthy. although for some people vegetarianism is not there thing because they either are picky eaters and do not try new things or they are glued to meat and their eyes shut to renovation of their diet."
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  • 0 +10 -10 unknown Jan. 22, 2013
    "I myself am not a vegetarian, but i fully support vegetarianism.no one should be opt to having to eat meat. its their choice..let them be happy"
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  • 0 +12 -12 Dushi Dec. 6, 2012
    "I am a 12 year old VEGETARIAN and I am a animal LOVER that does not mean I like their taste but I feel sorry for them. There r other options not only MEAT!!!! I DON'T WANT COWS AND CHICKENS AND OTHER ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED JUST FOR A HAMBURGER!!!!"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Kid power! Jun. 17, 2013
      "I am also a 12 year old vegetarian and animal lover, and it is good to see that there are other people my age who share my beliefs. Rock on, Dushi! Kid power!!"
  • 0 +13 -13 Alley-Cat Nov. 28, 2012
    "it is cruel to kill animals so that you can eat them i don't think we would like it if animals did that to us!?!? thanks to hurts and other people that kill animals there are 171 endanger species!! Also a fun fact is that vegetarians live longer n are less likely to get colon cancer!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 MEATEATER Oct. 11, 2013
      "I'd rather die eating meat than be dying with broccoli. And by the way, "Endangered Species" aren't endangered because we eat them. It might be because we pollute the planet and climate change, but it's not necessarily because of us eating them."
  • 0 +13 -13 Anonymous Oct. 18, 2012
    "As far as the thought that vegetarianism will help with global food production-
    With each energy level in a food chain their is only 10% of energy and nutrients transferred between each level as heat is lost and the organism uses nutrients to stay alive. Therefore if photosynthetic algae is eaten by plankton which is eaten by fish which is eaten by us- that makes us the tertiary consumer (3rd level). Therefore 1000 lbs. of algae could only supply 1 lb. of a person. Of course these are rough terms- however, this transfer of energy occurs in real life. Therefore, if we are to agriculturally figure out the most efficient way to feed the growing human population- planting and consuming just plants would be much more efficient, agriculturally, and biologically."
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    • 0 0 0 Tyler Dec. 4, 2013
      "Well said! Glad to some people in here actually know what the hell they're talking about."
  • 0 +14 -14 Stephanie Oct. 14, 2012
    "I am a pro. People can get all of the nutrients they need from plants! I'm not saying everyone needs to jump on the vegetarian wagon, I just think that meat needs to move from the center of our plates to the sides. Make way for the veggies!"
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    • -3 0 -3 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
      "So? Meat tastes good! If you could cause pain to yourself without causing damage would you do it for the reason that it doesn't do any damage? No!"
  • 0 +17 -17 NW Aug. 3, 2012
    "Think about what the animal went through to land on your plate, and you won't be able to take a bite of the meat. Think of the lifelong torture, the pain and suffering, the fear and dread and horror at the time of the slaughter. Do you want to be a part of this, when its so easy to choose something else to eat instead?"
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    • -3 0 -3 Sam Mar. 19, 2013
      "Animal nerve endings are much less developed than human nerve endings, so they don't feel "pain and suffering" like humans do, they just feel some moderate discomfort. Also, animals do not have emotions. They will occasionally feel fleeting fear or stress, but not "dread and horror". Furthermore, most animals have little to no long-term memory, so even if they experienced "lifelong torture (which they don't)", they wouldn't remember it. Lastly, if any of the farm-raised animals were released into the wild, they would die within days. Think of what happens when a fox gets in a chicken yard, or when a wolf gets in a sheep pasture. Either way, the animals are going to die; we just let them live longer and give them better food in exchange for eating them later. What is inhumane about that?"
  • 0 +11 -11 Raline Waterson Jul. 24, 2012
    "I have a question for the con people. Why do you care what other people eat?"
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  • 0 +15 -15 Presley Apr. 21, 2012
    "I am vegetarian and I have been for years... I don't necessarily think EVERYONE should become vegetarian (because, of course, that's not going to happen). People are free to each whatever they want to eat, whether it is a chunk of an animal's leg or a carrot. There are several health benefits of vegetarianism, as well as benefits for the environment. I chose to be a vegetarian because I love animals, and hate the fact they had to be killed for me to eat dinner."
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  • 0 +17 -17 Tomash Apr. 8, 2012
    "if you feel that you are in animal kingdom chain- carry on eat animals and (maybe) be eaten..
    for me as a human it is cruel to kill any living being.. how you understand LIFE ? its not about eating it is about choices.. You are not puppet.. not some Nature or someone else , invisible is making choices for You.. you are not alone with Your taste buds.. it is one planet ,one system we live in interdependent .. animals don't have so much choices and possibilities . Life means freedom.. freedom means compassion..compassion means wise action..wise action means doing right choices..right choices means love to everything.. not only yours taste buds. This planet is not forever... You are not alone with Your cravings.. There is no need to give suffering to any animals : cats,dogs,pigs,cows........... Plant based diet is healthy and enjoyable.. Be human stay healthy"
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  • 0 +17 -17 Anonymous Feb. 16, 2012
    "I think that people should consider it.
    The cost and the pollution of producing meat is very high and the animals that are used for the food are sometimes(mostly now...) are killed/slaughtered inhumanly.
    While people argue that meat has many pollution and costly setbacks, growing vegetables are just as difficult. Vegetables require constant care and they require constant attention. Although it dosen't create as much waste as meat, it does cause enough run-off and things of the like.
    I believe that pele should consider becoming vegetarian, but remember that eating a healthy sized portion of beef can give you a sufficient amount of protein."
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  • 0 +28 -28 Isaiah Adams Oct. 20, 2011
    "The Earth is well endowed with all necessary nutrients for Life. Animals and their products for consumption is scarce, especially now because the majority of American pop- culture consumes more meat(products) than plants. The trees are getting chopped for graze land, "What food will they eat that was naturally available?"... Honestly, farming and/or gardening is a much more sustainable way of life for the body and the environment."
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    • 0 +3 -3 ali Nov. 13, 2011
      "A lot more trees are getting chopped off for framing land. And then much more harmful chemicals are introduced to the environment to forcefully grow plants that do not naturally occur in them."
  • -1 +3 -4 Bob Jan. 6, 2014
    "Lets face it. Meat tastes great. Think about this, though. Would you brutally slaughter your pet just to eat it? Probably not. Studies have shown that many animals that are consumed by greedy humans are just as capable of thinking and eye long pain as our pets. We want equality for humans, so why not for other animals? I don't think hat anyone has said that being vegetarian is unethical, so isn't it lazy to possibly be unethical when you could easily be a better person. Also, vegetarianism is healthier than eating meat if practiced properly. If you doubt that, do your research. From an environmental standpoint, in the us, we would reduce co2 emissions more by not eating cheeseburgers Than by eliminating all cars. (Source 6 degrees) eating meat is also hypocritical. When I could put a relative in a cage and after a year cut off their limbs and head and eat them, I will become an omnivore."
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  • -1 +5 -6 mrspink77 Oct. 3, 2013
    "we dont need meat in our diet ive been vegitarian for 9 years and i dont miss meat u forget what it tastes like and find yummy substitutes. as for vitams i take a suplement and my blood work comes back showing i have plenty of nutriants i need."
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  • -1 +17 -18 Ivan Jul. 31, 2012
    "It is inhuman to kill a living animal. This is sufficient a reason to be vegetarian. Do you know anyone who is prepared to kill an animal himself/herself for eating? I can only think of anyone doing this for self-defense."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Jim Jun. 18, 2012
    "George Bernard Shaw said: "Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity." Just because humans have eaten meat for a long long time doesn't mean that we shouldn't evolve. A lot of evidence says we should."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Bryana Jun. 5, 2012
    "I believe it is good to be a Vegetarian, not only because I am one but because after watching the production Food Inc. on Netflix it is clear that there is too much meat production in my eyes."
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  • -1 +16 -17 hippiehater23 Mar. 19, 2012
    "Human beings even though we do not realize it sometimes are animals so if we are higher in the food chain than a cow or chicken then what makes us different than any other predator in the animal kingdom."
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  • -1 +21 -22 VegGirl Feb. 14, 2012
    "I don't see a difference between eating my pet dog, and eating a random cow in a field."
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    • +2 +2 0 Farm Girl May. 13, 2012
      "I love my dogs and my birds, but the chickens are raised very nicely in order for me to bake my brownies with their eggs. I have cleaned the bottoms of several birds despite knowing they will provide for me in eggs and meat. There is a difference between eating a family pet and a farm grown bird. The bird is raised more nicely than my dogs. We protect the birds, feed them good food, replenish their water, find them fat worms, and put them in a bullet proof coop that is more well made than my house."
    • 0 +1 -1 A knowledge seeker Feb. 18, 2013
      "well, to put it scientifically your dog has a very high metabolism which means that the energy it consumes is very quickly transferred and used up so the dog can perform its daily functions. Cows on the other hand have a very low metabolism which means that their bodies store much more of the energy that they consume for later. this low metabolism causes their bodies to be rich in unused energy , that if consumed has a high efficiency rate of transferring said energy to the consumer."
    • -1 0 -1 Meat Lover 102 May. 20, 2014
      "cows are rasied to eat, dogs are man's best friend and not made to eat"
  • -1 +20 -21 Ally Hildebrand Dec. 9, 2011
    "Vegetarianism is just healthy all together. Not to mention how CRUEL meat eating is and how harsh it is on the enviroment."
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  • -1 +27 -28 Katherine Oct. 11, 2011
    "I'm pro vegetarian because I believe it is unethical and inhumane to cruelly torture an animal, then take their life for food when it is not even necessary to do so. After all, vegetarians can and do get all their nutrients from plant-based foods! Being vegetarian is good for your own health, the environment, and the animals, and is simple. Therefore, I am pro-vegetarian!"
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    • 0 0 0 Sasame..... Apr. 23, 2014
      "the animal is not tortured it is probably cared for better for human consumption. Brohass if you want to take pills for the rest of your life then go ahead just make sure you get the pills that doesn't contain animal in it oh And how is supporting your wheat diets, grass, and various other things you eat better for the envirnoment it takes machines and pollution to make"
  • -2 +3 -5 Michele McLintock Feb. 11, 2014
    "more and more evidence is brought forward daily that animals have the same feelings as humans, they love their young and have relationships and social structures,they are intellegent and know when death is coming, they scream, try to escape and are terrified, they can smell the blood! it is wrong to take a life for food unless it is a complete necessity for example when we used to hunt then it was older animals that were caught or the weak so it strengthened their genes but now the animals are genetically bred to be more meat, pumped with growth hormones, what is worse is the lives the animal have before death, restricted movement, cruel un natural practices including force feeding certain foods to effect their meat or colour, taking calves from the mothers keeping them in crates for a few weeks and slaughter,dairy cows are used and abused for a few years all goodness drained from them, sometimes so much so they cant stand, then taken for meat halal are left to bleed to death hung upside down, in countries such as China animals are cooked alive, dogs boiled and baked alive screaming , treated as a product rather than a living breathing feeling being. Humans should evolve from this, we dont need to kill to live now!"
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  • -2 +8 -10 sam Mar. 12, 2013
    "i think if more people became vegetarian the world would be less fat and unhealthy. when humans lived out in nature it was more common to eat fruits and veggies. it was very rare to eat meat. there for our bodies are not ment to process all that gmo covered meat."
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    • 0 0 0 Emphasissarcasm Apr. 23, 2014
      "yeah and our bodies can shut down and we can always take pills to help us get nutriants and we can be overpopulated by the animals that were meant for food. sounds like a plan. Oh and people hunted"
  • -2 +12 -14 Aubree L. C. Pugh Aug. 23, 2012
    "Its healthy and it doesn't harm the earth. I don't believe in violence so eating animals tends to harm them, everything deserves to live."
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  • -2 +15 -17 Mallory B. Aug. 18, 2012
    "I am pro vegetarian because:
    1) The abuse and neglect that occurs in slaughter houses is almost completely legal, and where regulations exist, they are not regularly inspected so there is no guarantee of the animals' welfare.
    2) It's not good for the environment. Two thirds of the Amazon rain forest have been clear cut so that corporations and other farmers can raise cattle, only for them to be shipped off to a slaughter house. Also, all the animal waste has to go somewhere, usually in rivers, oceans, in our water supply. Doesn't sound all that appetizing to me.
    3) It's not good for you. Meat has been linked to heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer, along with the antibiotics and pesticides that come along with it.
    Basically, it was really easy to kick meat."
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  • -2 +17 -19 Gia Apr. 22, 2012
    "Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal"
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  • -2 +27 -29 new vegeterian Nov. 9, 2011
    "vegeterians rule meat eaters r cavemann"
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    • +1 +1 0 Kathryn Nov. 5, 2013
      "OK, even I as a vegetarian can see that that comment is really rude."
    • 0 +3 -3 cheesecake woman Mar. 14, 2012
      "Well, I don't exactly appreciate you calling me a caveman. And not all vegetarians rule, actually. And most "meat eaters" are not full carnivores. I believe the word you are looking for is omnivore. Humans are made to be omnivores, not herbivores."
    • 0 +2 -2 Malola Nov. 16, 2011
      "Wow! Holy cow! How is that a valid argument??
      Many carnivores are not cavepeople... In fact some research seem to point towards the fact that we evolved (our brains) thanks to meat consumption. That an the "survival of the fittest" thing... anyways, how much are we going to evolve anytime soon?
      Oh, well... People can survive without meat... in most cases. Enuit people (among other groups) should keep eating fish and other animals..."
  • -3 +12 -15 Lydia Rose Jun. 4, 2012
    "I think that vegetarianism is healthy, and it's better for animals. The treatment of animals is unacceptable with forcing animals to eat meat of their own kind, and forcing them to eat foods that they aren't supposed to eat. For example, cows eating corn. I am not a vegetarian but I am persuing this way of life. I strongly encourage the meat eaters in the world to at least consider this beautiful diet, and way of life."
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  • -4 +30 -34 Kandy Easterling Jul. 9, 2011
    "We are here to protect and care, not to inflict pain and eat everything within our eyesight. We have no reason to kill and eat ourselves into extinction with rotting flesh in our guts. Just because we can does not mean we should. Stop being weak-natured! Be strong and resist!"
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    • -1 0 -1 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
      "Wait, so I should be eating the computer that I see right in front of me? And you just called me a cannibal that cannot digest food. I am not a cannibal and my food does not rot in my stomach."
    • -1 0 -1 NO BIAS Feb. 29, 2012
      "well WE DONT DO THAT."
  • -5 +29 -34 Sami Oct. 11, 2011
    "There is nothing wrong and it is healther but i think that its cruel to hurt an animal they are like humans but have different language"
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    • +3 +4 -1 NO BIAS Feb. 29, 2012
      "No animals are not like humans."
    • -1 0 -1 Fishtree Apr. 18, 2013
      "What language? Some animals are intelligent enough to produce a simple language- this includes prairie dogs and dolphins. I don't eat those. Almost all animals have an alarm call, but I think that isn't complex enough to be called language."
  • -9 +24 -33 Logan Nov. 16, 2011
    "Yes Because people will be healther and more smarter. so if we continue to eat met we will get obessisdy and weak. There is not enough fish in the world's oceans to feed 6.6 billion human beings and another 10 billion domestic animals.Anyone who eats meat should never waste any, even if it doesn't taste good. So Yeah STOP EATTING MEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    • 0 +2 -2 NO BIAS Feb. 29, 2012
      "Not EVRYBODY is going to eat just fish. SO KNOCK OF THE BIAS AND OPINIONS."
    • -2 0 -2 Kathryn Nov. 5, 2013
      "Though I agree with your opinion about not eating meat, I also think that your terrible spelling and childish writing do not very well represent our argument. Please check over your work next time, 'k?"
  • -20 +35 -55 VeganFor9Years Jun. 21, 2011
    "Eating meat/poultry/fish is cruel and detrimental to health. There IS no debate"
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    • +6 +11 -5 Aaron Oct. 12, 2011
      "Eating meat or fish is not cruel it is essental to eat meat to get the essential B12 vitamin we need to keep our bodies healthy and stong."
    • +1 +5 -4 e Feb. 9, 2012
      "Some would argue that fish is actually very healthy. by some i mean many, many people."
    • 0 +1 -1 Fred Apr. 11, 2014
      "Meat eating is not cruel it is simply what humans evolved to do. Meat has several health benefits as well. What's the point of getting angry at humans for eating meat, while you could pretty much get mad at any carnivorius animal, like tigers, for eating zebras and other animals in the african savanna."
    • -1 +2 -3 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "What do you mean by detrimental to health? hamburgers are detrimental to your health. Meat isn't. I have my own chickens as pets, they are very happy chickens and produce very nice eggs. We almost never by store bought, some of the ways they hold chickens are evil. However, we still need meat, as omnivores. So we vote for laws that force people to have more civil chicken farms."
    • -1 +4 -5 NO BIAS Feb. 29, 2012
      "Hey guess what. WE DONT WANT YOUR BIAS BECAUSE YOUR WRONG!"
    • -2 +1 -3 Sam Mar. 19, 2013
      "Did you skip the actual information and just jump right here to post your little sound byte? Because if you had read the article, you would realize that there is a lot of debate..."
    • -3 +5 -8 Katherine Oct. 31, 2011
      "I agree with VeganFor9Years. Aaron, there are plenty of other sources of B12. B12 comes in 'dirty' foods (that's why it's in meat, all the dirt and feces on it) but you can get it from fortified cereal, soy milk, and multi vitamins. Enough said!"

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  • +49 +99 -50 derek Nov. 19, 2011
    "Humans were created/evolved (whatever your beliefs are, this is not the place for that argument) to consume meat. Vitamin B12 is proof that humans are not supposed to completely eliminate meat from their diets. B12 is absolutely necessary for survival. If our bodies were not designed to consume meat, then why is B12 a necessary vitamin? Synthetic B12 did not even exist until the 20th century.

    Call me crazy, but if our ancestors were vegetarian, I do not think we would be here today, since they would have all contracted anemia from the lack of Vitamin B12 in their diets and died."
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    • +2 +7 -5 Andrea May. 31, 2012
      "b-12 is also found in dairy and eggs, not just meat.
      if you're going to argue that eating meat is tradition, then you should know that vegetarianism existed 1000s of years ago, and has been pretty common in India.
      Anyway, we have changed as a species, and have become more technologically advanced. We can take synthetic B-12 if necessary the same way we take medicine when we're sick."
    • +1 +4 -3 Ruach May. 12, 2013
      "The B12 is very important and can be contained through a healthy balanced vegetarian diet. The FDA does a lot of their analysis based on the common diet. Like formula fed babies to a breast fed baby. Or the B12 count of someone that is consuming meat (even if it is in hazardous amounts) to one that eats only vegetation. It is not an adequate study. The FDA has reported that a vegetarian diet CAN meet all dietary standards. It is up to the individual to make healthy conscious decisions as it is for all of us."
    • 0 +1 -1 none Oct. 21, 2014
      "Oh, and do you know why there is B12 in meat? It's from the dirt and feces on the corpses. That right there is proof of the uncleanliness of the meat industry (surprise, surprise). In fact, eat an unwashed mushroom and you've got your vitamins. No joke."
    • 0 0 0 Raymond Apr. 29, 2014
      "Vitamin B12 may be gotten from animal-derived products, such as yogurt and milk and eggs."
    • 0 +3 -3 Tyler Dec. 4, 2013
      "Appeal to Tradition=Logical Fallacy

      Your argument is invalid."
    • -1 0 -1 Federico May. 2, 2014
      "Your argument employs biology and tradition in what is increasingly seen as a *moral* question.

      Not only that, but your argument fails to acknowledge the fact that synthetic B12 is a real option now.

      But if you insist on employing arguments of history and tradition, be prepared to accept the inevitability that you and I can enjoy modern industry and technology thanks to millennia of slavery. That, too, is part of our history. (But do you accept that as a moral argument?)"
    • -9 0 -9 pawel Mar. 23, 2012
      "If american ancestors weren't genocides, it wouldn't exist bilions cow's instead of milions bisons in US today."
  • +29 +102 -73 Davidos Jun. 1, 2011
    "It is not necessary to become vegetarian if we can ensure that animals are slaughtered properly. Animals should be slaughtered in a way that minimizes pain as best as possible. Animal cruelty is unacceptable. Kosher meat is arguably best because the process ensures that the animal does not suffer (or suffers very little) when it is slaughtered. Note also that people shouldn't be eating meat on a daily basis. Meat is supposed to be a luxury item consumed for special occasions. Minimizing our meat consumption would reduce the amount of animals that are slaughtered every year."
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    • +9 +14 -5 kitty Mar. 17, 2013
      "OK, so it would be all right to kill humans for food as long as they "suffer very little"?"
    • +2 +12 -10 Vicki Van Linden Oct. 12, 2011
      "I urge you to watch the movie called 'Earthlings' where you can see undercover video of cows being slaughtered in a kosher slaughter house. I think that you will change your mind about kosher kill methods being kinder than regular. The transporting, as well as the harsh life in factory farms before the slaughter are also a factor. Meat eating certainly has a long history with our species, but perhaps we could at least acknowledge that there is a very great amount of suffering behind that meat on our plate. Cows, pigs and chickens are very sensitive creatures. We do them a great amount of harm because of tradition and habit. Maybe being kinder would be good for us as a species."
    • +1 +4 -3 Annabel Jun. 16, 2013
      "In reply to "kitty"

      Finally someone else who recognizes that simply killing animals in a less painfull way is not enough. We must stop killing animals PERIOD."
    • 0 +11 -11 Mike Jul. 26, 2011
      "There is no reason to kill a sentient creature to eat, generally. We do it for reasons of pleasure which is a pretty whimsical reason to kill another living being."
    • -1 +1 -2 Ruacha May. 12, 2013
      "I agree with what Davidos is saying in that proper slaughter is important and should be necessary. However, it is not. In fact FACTORY farms like Tyson, Cargill, Butterball, and ALL the others are cramming animals into stalls and feeding them a diet that is totally unnatural. This causes many die-eases that carry over to those that try to digest it. Not to mention that the factories are destroying our worlds recourses of water, soil, and REAL food. These are ALL essentials folks. Oh and for the kill...it is absolutely horrifying! Here are some links you can find videos on CFO's http://buffaloriveralliance.org/
      and on youtube you can search. I would also like to add that meat consumption according to COX and St.John's doctors... .Should only be 3-5oz servings up to 3 times a WEEK! That's it! Let us think about every chose we make. Who it is that you are contributing to and what that choice ends with."
    • -2 +5 -7 Hampus Apr. 21, 2012
      "I think you're right, unfortunately, if meat is to be consumed at the large quantity it is now, and to maintain it cost feasible, factory farming is necessary. There's not enough funds for a global, humane, meat industry. Animal cruelty is therefore inevitable"
    • -5 +6 -11 me Jan. 13, 2012
      "there r still places that will treat animals badly so u should a vegatarian.unless ur a animal hater!!!!!!!!!"
  • +25 +80 -55 Smart Meat Eater May. 27, 2011
    "After reading the pros and the cons in this debate, I buy the arguments that humans are biologically designed to consume animal protein. We don't need to eat so damn much of it, and we need to stop our disgusting factory farms and CAFOs. That said, eating organic, local, humanely-raised and slaughtered animals is perfectly fine and often better than eating GMO agriculture and processed fake meat."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Tempest Jun. 13, 2013
      "Ugh, I'm so sick of people using the "humans were designed to eat meat" argument. Though this argument is true, why not go against design to build a better world?"
    • -3 +8 -11 Mike Jul. 26, 2011
      "We are not designed to eat meat - we are designed to eat many things. We can (and many do) live without meat and very healthfully. Your argument does not address the fact that you choose (when you don't need to) to kill a sentient feeling creature out of a base desire (pleasure) however mercifully you do it."
  • +10 +38 -28 Farm Girl May. 13, 2012
    "I live on my family's farm and worry plenty when one of our birds get sick. I have fed, watered, cleaned, and cared for each of them since they were chicks. Animals are treated very well before they are killed. And most butchers kill the animals in a way that involves very little stress and pain because that ruins the flavor of the product. I am a very healthy farm girl due to a balance of meat and produce. I think raising your food lets you know where it has been much better than buying from a store. We have plenty of birds to keep my family full for as long as we are raising them. I will eat as I please and will just tolerate the views because I am very good natured. Regardless how anybody thinks, I will enjoy eating my beloved birds cause that is why we raise them."
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    • +2 +2 0 Tyler Dec. 4, 2013
      "I respect your view on this. However, in reality, the vast majority of meat that people consume is raised and slaughtered in a manner not even remotely similar to what you just described."
  • +5 +16 -11 MEATEATER Oct. 11, 2013
    "Because our body has evolved to eat meat.
    Our eyes are on the front because we are hunters or carnivores.
    Our teeth are made to chew on flesh and the broccoli
    Our digestive system is made to process meat.
    So there.

    "Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct"
    Dr. Denis Leary"
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    • 0 0 0 Raymond Apr. 29, 2014
      "Yes, our bodies may have evolved to eat meat. In fact, I recognize that eating meat has gotten our bodies to the evolutionary level at which they currently are. However, although eating meat is an "instinct," and not eating meat is a decision, it is the right decision. Not all of our instinctual choices are right. Because we no longer need to eat meat, and because we are excessively consuming meat in a manner that is against the natural, we unnecessarily committing harm. Plants are all we need.

      In addition, please note that cows and elephants (which are herbivores) have eyes on their front."
    • -1 0 -1 Federico May. 2, 2014
      "Evolution and biology can never offer moral justications. Only moral arguments can be used to offer a moral justification.

      There have been governments that have resorted to evolution and biology to justify their policies. Nowadays, few people consider those governments to be moral."
  • +4 +32 -28 Jackie Nov. 28, 2011
    "people should not have to to become vegetarians if they choose not to be. the animals should feel little pain when slaughtered. as long as the animals aren't viewed as breeding machines and not abused, it's not a bad thing. I'm only against veal. it's HORRIBLE how people make veal!"
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    • +2 +4 -2 Andrea May. 31, 2012
      "If your against veal, you should be against dairy products too. Dairy cows have to be kept pregnant to make milk, and it is their male offspring that are doomed to become veal."
    • 0 0 0 Kristin Mar. 19, 2014
      "I don;t understand what the difference between veal and hamburger is. It is still slaughtering. I am a vegetarian, but I totally understand that people wnat meat. I choose it for a healthier lifestyle!"
  • +4 +41 -37 Ali Nov. 13, 2011
    "The natural cycle of life requires animals and plants to be consumed by others. It is not an ethical dilemma unless animal cruelty (during life) is brought into play, which SHOULD be a punishable crime for the food industries. Harm to animals is also caused due to vegetarian diets
    - large areas of land need to be cleared for farming to produce enough vegetables to full fill the current requirements. This means eradicating ecosystems that are home to insects, mammals and birds.
    - fertilizers washed into the seas and oceans create large dead zones where hundreds of thousands of marine life parish if not more, and others are forced to flee to deeper waters or rise to the surface exposing them to dangers they have not faced before."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Tom Mar. 4, 2012
      "in brazil they are now clearing millions of acres of the amazon so people can have their brazillian beef. so meat eaters are actually clearing more land for cows than we are for veggies."
  • +4 +45 -41 ElizaBeth Aug. 31, 2011
    "I am not concered as much with If I should eat a certian diet , as whether I should be REQUIRED to eat it. I think education is the key, NOT regulation. Or don't we believe that most people will do the right thing with enough information?"
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    • +2 +4 -2 adamas Feb. 22, 2012
      "With enough information most people will do the right thing. Smoking rates in the US have dropped from 50% to 20%, starting with the 1964 Surgeon General's declaration that cigarettes cause lung cancer. At this point the US government has no plans to ever make a similarly bold and committed statement that animal foods are unhealthy and not life necessary. In the interim, food subsidies for corn and GMO soybeans artificially lower the price of meat, milk, and other unhealthy processed foods that are over-consumed, predominantly by the poor who cannot afford to seek out alternatives, or have access to better information. In an ideal world, regulation would be unnecessary... We don't live in such a world, and regulations are the most effective and efficient way to better ensure the safety and health of the population."
    • -1 0 -1 mrspink77 Oct. 3, 2013
      "i agree people shouldnt be forced to do anything so we need to educate them to make smarter choices like vegitarinsim"
  • +3 +5 -2 morgan Apr. 11, 2014
    "The best diet is one with vegetables and meat included in it. "Every organism dies or is killed, at some point, so other organisms can live," states ProCon.org. Because organisms die at some point in their life anyway, it is okay because dying is natural. When we kill animals for meat and food, they are dying to help us survive. Another reason people should eat meat is "about 90 percent of United States of America cropland suffers from top soil loss at 13 times the sustainable rate." This proves that being a vegetarian is not necessarily better for the environment. Looking at the website ProCon.org I read "about six animals per acre, or 52-77 percent of the animals (such as birds, mice, and rabbits) that live in agricultural crop fields, are killed during harvest." Some vegetarians don't eat meat to protect animals but really when people harvest fields they are killing animals too."
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    • 0 0 0 morgan Apr. 18, 2014
      "coming from a vegetarian morgan, when i was a meat eater i was not healthy because of the food i was eating and now hat i am a vegetarian i am much healthier, and happier knowing that i am not one the disgraces paying people to murder innocent animals."
    • -1 0 -1 Fred Apr. 11, 2014
      "yay morgan nice paragraph meat=good"
  • +3 +7 -4 Juan Jan. 6, 2014
    "It's normal to eat meat and it can be healthy as long as you eat it in reasonable amounts"
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  • +3 +16 -13 bad arguement Oct. 1, 2013
    "We are omnivores. We can't just eat vegetables."
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    • -4 +1 -5 Jordan Nov. 19, 2013
      "We were accually made to be herbivores. pay attention to your teeth. they are flat and the back teeth are made for crunching grasses and fruits and vegitables. look at a lion...meat eater. alligator. meat...us? not so much. i'm not saying we will eat only vegitables, i'm saying we shouldn't eat meat."
  • +2 +4 -2 Alayna Apr. 29, 2014
    "I raise cattle. I treat them right, they're free-range, and most of them are my pets. But I still like eating a hamburger, and after fixing the fence for the billionth time after they've escaped, I enjoy it even more. I like meat, and I'm not ashamed of it."
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  • +2 +3 -1 ben Apr. 11, 2014
    "The best diet is a variety of meat and a variety of vegetables. The first piece of evidence is "The body absorbs 15% to 35% of the heme iron in meat" This shows that you should eat meat because you get more iron from meat than from vegetables. Vegetarian.procon.org states that "Every organism on earth dies or is killed, at some point, so others organisms can live." This shows that killing animals is not bad like all vegetarians think because then other organisms can take their place. The final reason that you should eat meat is "It takes fewer calories to get protein from lean meat than it does from vegetarian options." This final piece of evidence is probably the most important because many people need to eat meat because the US has the most obesity. So this proves that the best diet is one with meat and vegetables. So what is your diet?"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Tyler Jan. 27, 2014
    "it is not cruel to kill animals for food, they do it themselves. We are animals, so its not much difference. Plus, plants are alive, your killing plants! there's really no way around killing things for food. Its just a part of life."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Bryce G. Apr. 11, 2014
    "The best meals include meat, but some vegetables. The first piece of evidence is that "Every organism on earth dies or is killed, at some point, so other organisms can live." Because everything dies, we don't want to waste good meat for nothing. Also, "The inclusion of meat in the ancestral diet provided a dense form of nutrients and protein that, when combined with high-calorie low-nutrient carbohydrates such as roots, allowed us to develop our large brains and intelligence." The nutrients and protein can help your body in a lot more ways than just fruits and veggies. My final reason is that "Although it is also found in eggs and dairy, [46] a peer-reviewed July 2003 study showed two in three vegetarians were vitamin B12 deficient compared to one in 20 meat eaters." This proves that vegetarians are not getting the right amount of B12 to keep their nerves and blood cells healthy. Vegetarians may be healthy, but you always need a little meat in your diet."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Thomas Apr. 11, 2014
    "One reason that meat is the best diet is "Tofu could contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions than eating locally produced meat." Tofu is more harmful to the environment than eating meat from you local meat seller. Also the vegetarian diet is bad for the Earth is that "About 85% of US grazing land is not suitable for raising crops humans can eat." This shows how crops can be unhealthy for human consumption. This also shows how dangerous these crops are for the planet. My final piece of evidence that meat is the best diet is "The body absorbs 15% to 35% of the heme iron in meat, but only absorbs 2% to 20% of the non-heme iron found in vegetarian sources like leafy greens and beans."

    You get more heme out of meat than you do with vegetarian foods such as beans and leafy greens."
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  • +1 +2 -1 James Apr. 11, 2014
    "Being not against vegetarian, I think people should eat meat. One reason is that eating meat isn't bad, its just another part of the ecosystem. Vegetarians cause harm every time they kill a plant and eat it. "Every living organism is dead or killed at some time so that other organisms can live." This is just how the ecosystem works. With humans at the top of the food chain. Another state of mind is that "eating meat has been a tradition for 2.3 million years." The tradition of eating meat has lasted forever and will still go on. The human race is enjoying meat so why not just keep the tradition going? One last piece of evidence is that "meat is the best protein source available." "In one serving, meat gives you all the amino acids (building blocks of protein) and nutrients such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins." Most plants do not give the right amount of amino acids and nutrients that meat gives you. I’m not against vegetarian, I just prefer meat as a good diet. All of the evidence I have proved in this paragraph proves that meat is better than plant. So, next time you have dinner, try meat and you will like it. Go to http://vegetarian.procon.org for more proof of meat being good."
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  • +1 +4 -3 DeShawn Apr. 4, 2014
    "FOUND THE VEGANS."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Mehdi L Feb. 24, 2014
    "While yes the killing of animals can be contended as cruel or unethical, the matter remains that following a vegetarian diet still kills organisms. Thus, at the fundamental level, vegetarianism is a vow to only kill one type of organism."
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  • 0 0 0 Macavin Oct. 17, 2014
    "Although Vegetables are healthy for you they lack iron and other important nutrients that are essential for a healthy body and mind"
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  • 0 +2 -2 jordyn May. 21, 2014
    "you do not get as much protein that is in the meat and such"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Think about It Apr. 23, 2014
    "If no person eats meat the population of animals meant to be eaten would increase. The health risks is also a factor if you do not eat meat you are not gaining any of the vitamins and nutrients and will become sickly and will have to take various supplements. i was a vegetarian i ate fish yes but still because i didn't have meat after having so long before i became sick and had issues."
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  • 0 +3 -3 garion delong Apr. 22, 2014
    "i'm a hunter and meat is tasty"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Samuel Apr. 17, 2014
    "I think a meat diet is fine. It is really a personal choice. Though in the world we often waste food so we should not overkill."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Lauren Apr. 14, 2014
    "I think that meat is a necessary part of our diet, however it's important that we don't eat to much of it. Meat is healthy, and eating vegetarian diets aren't healthier for the environment."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Ethan M Apr. 13, 2014
    "I think that people should not be vegetarian because it does not meet all the standards that a diet should have. Procon.org says that "Every organism on earth dies or is killed, at some point, so others organisms can live. There is nothing wrong with this cycle; it is how nature works." This proves that vegetarians should not care about the animals getting killed because they all will die at some point in time. Now this doesn't mean that you could just go around killing an animal just for the sake of it. So if you are going to kill an animal than it has to be for a good cause like for food or something like that."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Ollie Apr. 13, 2014
    "I think this supports eating meat. so that means meat is important part of your diet"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Taylor Apr. 13, 2014
    "I believe that people do not need to become vegetarian, but should at least cut back on the amount of meat they eat. Statistics have shown that "Americans eat an average of 52.3 pounds of beef, 57.4 pounds of chicken, and 43.5 pounds of pork, per person." American people eat way more meat than they did in 1930. Americans are eating an unhealthy amount of meat. Procon.org states that, "The investigation found that animals in slaughterhouses were often cut apart 'peice by peice' while still conscious." I believe that this is completely disgusting. I think this because the people killing the animals are making the poor animals suffer while they slaughter them. They don't even make sure they are unconscious first. "The average American gets 67% of their dietary protein from animal sources." However, Procon.org states that, "According to the American Dietetic Association, a vegetarian diet can meet protein requirements, provide all the essential amino-acids, and improve health." Just because some people don't eat meat, doesn't mean that they don't get the nutrients they need. Vegetarians are usually healthier than meat eaters anyway. Next time you prepare a meal, watch the amount of meat you put in it."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Reece Apr. 12, 2014
    "161,200,200
    That is the total estimated number of cows pigs and sheep killed last year for food. I know this number is large, but so is the amount of humans in the world. My opinion, we should eat less meat and give animals a free-er life before slaughter.
    Science humans need the vitamins and other nutrition provided by meats Humans should be able to choose to eat on whichever side of the food chain they wish

    But I ask you who are against consumption of meat to consider just how many jobs would be lost if the meat industry shrunk. Millions of people's jobs rely on the meat industry existing, butchers, farmers, barn workers, ranchers, factory workers who package the meat and prepare it, as well as some of our favorite restaurants. Also consider how much it would affect certain cultures around the world."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Jake Apr. 11, 2014
    "Nature created many organisms, and with them, hunger. Each organism is different, some must sate their hunger on other animalia, some on primarily plantae. As humans, we are omnivorous, meaning we are capable of consuming both. Think of a wolf, a carnivore, tears apart it's prey. No, we are kinder. Our meat feels little pain before their death; we are not being savage. And it's not like plants don't feel pain, keep in mind that a vegetarian kills many plants so that they can live. That is only nature."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Fred Apr. 11, 2014
    "Vegetarianism is a bad choice, mainly for the huge health benefits meat can bring. Meat is the best source of vitamin B12, which helps your nervous system and digestive health. Isn't it amazing to have a food that is not only delicious, but also packed with nutritious vitamins? Also, ProCon.org states, "humans have been eating, and enjoying meat for at least 2.3 million years". If humans have been eating meat for that long, we were clearly meant to. Why change what we've been doing for so long all of the sudden? Another reason is that experts have said that "about 6 animals per acre are murdered by machines harvesting crops". Meat eaters actually aren't the only people murdering animals for their food, if you converted to vegetarianism to help those cute animals survive, they will still be killed for you to eat your food. In conclusion, meat is an important part of our diets, and very delicious, so next time you make a meal, consider putting some meat in it."
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  • 0 +3 -3 elijah jones Apr. 11, 2014
    "you don't get all the amino acids you need from just fruits and veggie and meat will make you get a big brain"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Bryan Apr. 11, 2014
    "Most vegetarians have a reason to not eat meat but some of them are a little inappropriate. For example they don't like killing animals but it is life everything dies or is killed at some point . when people don't eat meat they are not getting a lot of protein and not a lot of protein gives people low energy and nobody likes that. Lots of people think no meat is low calorie but beans and other alternatives have more calories than lean beef."
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  • 0 +5 -5 naeemah Jan. 30, 2014
    "no because animals were made for us to eat just because some earth loving hippie freak doesnt want me to enjoy my steak im going to enjoy my stake. ok kill the animal as fast and painless as possible but dont just stop the whole industry of meat"
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  • 0 +8 -8 pefania Jan. 16, 2014
    "I am con because meat provides easily digestible proteins and essential nutrients, and when consumed in moderate amounts, and when they are lean cuts, it is a healthy part to diets. Unfortunately, many people think of greasy hamburgers when they think of meat, but this is not comparing things accurately. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats are all important, when consumed in proper amounts and of proper kinds."
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  • 0 +11 -11 Phoebe Wollington Oct. 9, 2013
    "What happens when everyone becomes a vegetarian, where will the millions of animals bred for food go, now I can assure you no farmer wants milions of cows, sheep, and chickens, running around wild, with nothing to do.
    What happens when all the workers at the farms and slaugterhouses. People make a living on killing animals, an when the business dries up... wait it won't. just when you thought animal slaughter was gone for good, animals will still be killed for pet food..."
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    • 0 0 0 none Oct. 21, 2014
      "Actually, the animals that are killed are strictly controlled and mass bred by the millions. In fact, there is so much breeding that farmers are trying to inject fattening chemicals (which we then consume) into the animals. If there was no meat, the animal populations would normalize and all would be natural. Factory farming is the sole reason of the masses of animals."
    • 0 0 0 Kristin Mar. 19, 2014
      "Please, get real. Like the whole world will ever go vegan? At least not in many lifetimes. This is a lifestyle choice!"
  • 0 +14 -14 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
    "We are omnivores, built to eat a mixture of meat and plants. The vegetarian diet is unnatural. The obesity problem is caused by the unnatural processed diet with too much meat. If we eat a good mix of food then we can be extremely healthy."
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  • 0 +20 -20 William Jun. 25, 2012
    "If everyone actually became vegetarian, the amount of people that are vegetarian would obviously increase, but the amount of crop that can be raised in USA does not. In fact, the amount of companies shutting down will lead to the loss of so many jobs that the unemployment rate would shoot up and lead to the fact that millions would be homeless and unable to buy the veggies they need, where they could have bought meat or veggies if they still had their jobs. Also, making everyone eat veggies limits the people's freedom since now they can't eat what they please, going against many laws, both national and international, and the US constitution. Finally, the animals raised for our consumption were domesticated and raised by us. Their lives would never have been created if it weren't for the fact that we raised them and gave them protection. If animal cruelty is involved in their lives, then it is the people who purposely or not did it, and so the consumption of meat has little to do with it."
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  • 0 +30 -30 Dubya22 Jan. 16, 2012
    "I was brought up to believe that you should have a rounded diet, of all the food groups, becoming a vegitarian is not all perfect, and neither is eating all meat, and while those of us who do eat meat, don't eat as many vegitables, which is not right either. Now while you are a Vegitarian not Vegan as it might be, you would still be able to eat fish, but fish has toxins in it that if eaten too much would cause you to get very sick just because of the amount of iron and such in them. So I think a rounded diet is better, not just all meat or veggies and fish."
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    • +2 +2 0 Andrea May. 31, 2012
      "Yes, meals should be balanced, but you should know that the USDA has had a history in favoring producers over public health. Because the USDA's food recommendations have been warped and skewed over the past decades, many people have grown up believing that they need to eat more meat and dairy than they really do. Also, I think most vegetarians abstain from seafood, seeing as though fish are animals fully capable of feeling pain."
  • 0 +31 -31 Yo-chan Sep. 23, 2011
    "I believe that eating meat is necessary in controlling the animal population. We shouldn't necessarily have to breed them, but that doesn't mean that we can't eat them. I think that what people do to their bodies is their own business. If they want to eat meat, then it's their decision. We can't make it for them. I personally can never be a vegetarian because I lack the self control of not eating meat. I just enjoy it too much."
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    • 0 +3 -3 Kat Nov. 3, 2011
      "meat is not necessary for animal population control at all, because if animals were not excessively bred for meat, there would be a whole lot less of them!"
  • -1 +3 -4 claire Apr. 24, 2014
    "Every one needs a big juicy buger"
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  • -1 +9 -10 Brook Oct. 15, 2013
    "Being a meat eater myself, I don't believe we should become vegetarians. Yes we should eat a necessary amount of vegetables with each and every meal, but it's not necessary for your diet to be mainly vegetables. Meat is a good source of protein that our growing bodies need(:"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Tyler Dec. 4, 2013
      "There is not a vegetarian in existence that only eats vegetables. There are better, healthier sources of protein. The only reason meat has so much is because it is muscle tissue. Please educate yourself."
  • -2 +25 -27 kso Jun. 27, 2011
    "no, but they should much less meat for sure"
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  • -3 +9 -12 Hugh Huckner Oct. 27, 2013
    "No! Meat is the most delicious thing in the world, and if you try to take that away from me I will find a rocky cliff and throw vegetables off of it. I will then find a warehouse containing the country's vegetable supply and BURN THAT GARBAGE DOWN!"
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  • -3 +9 -12 Enya Payan Apr. 12, 2013
    "I believe that people should not be vegetarian becuase meat includes all the essential amino acids that our body needs for a proper diet. It is also a good source for protien. Yes, you can get protien from legumes and grains but it doesnt hold the same amount of protien. You would have to eat three servings of legumes/grains for every one serving of meat if you wanted to get the same amount of protien intake. Not eating meat would mean an increase in carbohydrates and fat intakes. Ladies, you know that chocolate you crave during your menstrual? When are brains are craving sweetes, it actually means our bodies are craving red meat. This is because of the great source of iron found in the meat. No, eating too much red meats can be unhealthy but we're not just talking about red meats. In fact, seafood is probably the best thing you can ever eat as far as internal health is concerned. Finally, humans are natural meat eaters meaning, eliminating such a big part of our food group could be unhealthy."
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    • 0 0 0 Tyler Dec. 4, 2013
      "After becoming a vegetarian I lost 100 pounds and put back on 25 pounds of muscle in 1 year. Please continue to tell me I eat too much carbs and fat but not enough protein."
  • -3 +15 -18 vlad Jan. 11, 2013
    "Animals such as pigs and deer provide no use other than food. animals such as cows and chickens, they give us valuable foods, so that is understandable. animals are on this earth. they should not be wasted. if something can sustain human life by its clean and quick death, why should that be stopped."
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    • +3 +3 0 Child of Vision Jun. 13, 2013
      "Define "use". If a mentally retarded person is sitting around doing nothing but using resources, does that make it okay to eat, kill, or otherwise harm that person? Of course not!"
  • -3 +12 -15 Justin Nov. 26, 2012
    "I think that, as a whole, the community of human beings should eat meat, although I am a vegetarian myself. the only reason to stop eating meat is when the animals are raised solely for the purpose of eating meat. if you hunt the animals during that animal's hunting season, it should be perfectly fine, because, up to that moment, the animal would have lived happily. The same is with actual farms. if you actually raise your animal in fair conditions, that animal would be happy until the day, hour, or moment of it's death"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Ula Nov. 16, 2012
    "it did not work, I was thinking about eating most of the time..........finally I am eating everything today, and feel beter"
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  • -3 +20 -23 Chris Apr. 20, 2012
    "A lot of pro vegetarian people say that they dont wont to eat one of Gods creations. I believe its okay because god provided animals to eat and allowed it in several places in the bible."
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    • +1 +3 -2 rachel Nov. 21, 2012
      "he only allowed it after the flood and it was regulated. several places in the bible it states that the domestic animal should be cared for and that the righteous one should care for his animal.
      before the flood the diet was vegan, as god told adam and eve that they could eat from every tree and all plants were good for food, no mention of eating animals in eden. i think this shows that people can live without, but the later allowance, not because God had changed his mind but because the Earth and the way man needed to live outside eden had changed, shows that it is not wrong to eat meat, just that care should be given to the animals. i have respect for those who farm and slaughter their own animals after caring for them and for those who hunt their food giving the animal a fair chance. but since i could never kill an animal myself, i feel it hypocritical to eat them and am therefore a vegetarian. and while it's not a perfect diet by any means - no diet can be as we are not perfect people - the bottom line is that each person has a right to chose what they will put in their mouth and what they will support."
  • -3 +24 -27 morgan academy Mar. 14, 2012
    "i belive it is the persons choice in wat he /she eats in my case i choose to eat meat because it gives us vitamins we cant get from fruit and veg and other vegetarian food so keep it in mind that it is your choice not anyone elses ."
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    • +5 +5 0 Ruacha Jun. 8, 2013
      "Actually this is not true. Though it is a common mis-understanding. You can get ALL your nutrients from fruits and veggies and it is easier to digest. It is not as concentrated and many people refuse to investigate a "well rounded" meal schedule for themselves. I had to due to my daughters food sensitivities one being meat. Though I am not 'against' meat eaters I do wish all who eat meat would get it from a local small farm and let the CFO (factory meats) leave our memory forever :)"
  • -3 +26 -29 Jack Nov. 9, 2011
    "There's really no reason not to eat meat unless you have a medical condition.People have freedom these days,and we can eat whatever we want and live good lives.If I hit a deer with my car,why waste the meat. If this is a battle of ethics,go somewhere else the topic is about cutting meat out of your diet,not the mass slaughter.Be happy it's not you.Animals kill each other all the time,keeps populations in tact so they don't turn into machine societies like ours. Peace causes disease and diminishing resources and mass extinction.Death is a natural part of life, and I'm not talking about death of old age. Everyone and every animal is built to kill (something) and built to die.Circle of life, it's a power struggle. People are going to fight for what they want especially if they are not vegetarians, they will just complain and mentally abuse everyone else. If I had a choice between I'd say kill me. That's my personal experience with vegetarians and relative to the argument that death is healthy and normal part of life. It's also painless and it's probably really cool when your brain shuts down.The worst part of life is fear, and all them animals had one extreme run in with it in theirs.Don't have kids these days if you're rly, sentient"
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  • -3 +26 -29 Aaron Oct. 11, 2011
    "Our bodies need the B12 nutrent that most vegetarians don't get because they need to eat meat or dairy products. Without eating meat you need to take a number of different vitamins in order to make up for the nutrents that you are not getting from the vegetables you are eating."
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    • +2 +2 0 snabbydabbydoo Mar. 14, 2012
      "You are absolutely right. In fact, 2 out of 3 vegetarians aren't getting the B12 vitamin, but only 1 out of 20 non-vegetarians aren't getting the B12 vitamin."
    • -1 +1 -2 Kat Nov. 3, 2011
      "B12 comes from dirt. that is why you get it from animal products, because they are so dirty. that is correct about the vitamins, but, is it not better than getting it from dirty food? think about it..."
  • -3 +30 -33 Will, PA Sep. 27, 2011
    "No, because meat carries proteins and nutrients that other food lack the abundance of. Especially for children, who are continuously changing due to puberty, it is essential to eat flesh. And fish is good for you, don't get me wrong, but it still lacks the the plentiful protein in red meat and chicken. PLUS IT TASTES GOOD!"
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    • -3 +2 -5 Kat Nov. 3, 2011
      "Meat does not carry any nutrients that other foods lack, unless you are talking about saturated fats, cholesterol, etc. Flesh is exactly the opposite of essential - it's harmful. Fish is awful for you! It has enough mercury that if you ate one can of tuna a week, it could be dangerous. Meat may taste good, but do you really want to be eating the bodies of tortured animals? Please check out meat.org You can get all the nutrients you need from humane, vegan foods. Children are actually better off on a vegan diet."
  • -3 +28 -31 Josh Jul. 22, 2011
    "No veggies have B12 in them. That's all I need to say."
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    • +4 +6 -2 Rebecca Nov. 4, 2011
      "Vegeterians do not just eat veggies do your research buddy!"
    • +4 +6 -2 Mike Jul. 26, 2011
      "Check this article: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/b12.htm#reliable"
    • +1 +1 0 Alley-Cat Nov. 29, 2012
      "actually nuts have all the vitamins you need and a lot of other stuff not only veggies!!"
    • +1 +2 -1 ProudVegetarian Jan. 9, 2012
      "You know, there's such thing as supplements, if you're SO convinced that vegetarians don't get B12."
  • -3 +30 -33 Sheila Wilson Jun. 1, 2011
    "Why only compare serious-minded, intelligent, caring vegetarians with uncaring, slob fast-food hamburger eaters? The truth is that many vegetarians eat badly, and many meat-and-2-veg eaters eat well. How about being a moderate, balanced omnivore? You can't get away from the fact that we are designed (like pigs) to eat food from multiple sources, including meat. That's what a balanced diet is all about. Yes, we need to be responsible - but not hysterical."
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    • +6 +7 -1 Simon Jun. 2, 2011
      "Sheila - did you even read the site? You said "Why only compare serious-minded, intelligent, caring vegetarians with uncaring, slob fast-food hamburger eaters?"

      The site did not do that, in fact most of the "pro" meat arguments are from very intelligent, health conscious people like Michael Pollan.

      Look at "con" number 22 on the front page. It says "Some vegetarians eat an unhealthy diet, drive SUVs, and consume eggs and dairy products produced at factory farms (CAFOs). Some meat eaters use solar-panels, ride a bike, grow their own vegetables, and eat free-range organic meat.""
  • -3 +45 -48 boos Jun. 1, 2011
    "For God's sake, do you WANT to be told what to eat? I am a pescetarian -- a veggie who eats seafood, and a bit of a contradiction in terms, which I find somewhat amusing. The best thing about it is that no one got to tell me whether or not it was "okay." I decided to "become" one, and I decide where, when, and what I eat. Don't allow any more of your choices to be taken from you. For God's sake, eat whatever the hell you want, and enjoy it!"
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    • +5 +7 -2 Bip Sep. 7, 2011
      "I don't like my decisions taken away from me. Not by government or by anyone else. That's part of my right as an American. I'm free to choose what I want to choose. My body is my business, not anyone else's."
    • +5 +8 -3 boos Sep. 6, 2011
      "In response to "Cultural Relativism":

      You want to eat a cat? I hear feline is good for a cranky disposition, so go ahead. There's one next door that keeps sh*tting in my back yard (which my dog finds, eats, becomes violently ill, and ends up at the vet for $450.), so I volunteer him first. Long pig? Found out it was illegal, so you'll have to do it on the down-low. Start with one of your relatives. If this is distasteful (as I'm sure it will be), try a pesky neighbor instead. Or, for that matter, try dining on an annoying responder. Clearly, the herd won't miss a few.

      Why should anything that I say push your buttons? Come on. Do I give off the air of the uneducated? Come on. Could I be so sarcastic if it didn't come from somewhere? Vonnegut? Ginsberg? Take it for what I said, or don't take it at all. Sorry to inform ya, but I won't give it much thought either way. And I'll still be a pescetarian, chowing down on organic produce and drinking wine. I'm just not going to judge you or assume you need a lecture if you don't... which was my point all along. Peace, bro."
    • +5 +11 -6 Tom Jun. 2, 2011
      "No one on this site anywhere is arguing anyones choice should be taken away from them. The arguments in favor of vegetarianism are based on logic, health, and compassion.

      Are you against information that informs the public about the health dangers of smoking or the health dangers of STD infections? People can still smoke and have unprotected sex if they want to - the point is to be educated with the facts so you can make an informed decision."
    • +4 +6 -2 Sundee Sep. 8, 2011
      "I know what you mean. Some nitwit is always suggesting that his or her point of view be thrust upon others. That's the purpose here, I guess. I'm a vegan but it's my CHOICE. No one else's!"
    • +3 +6 -3 J Joyce Sep. 6, 2011
      "It seems to me that those who have issue with this are probably the ones who cause problems for everyone -- nosing into your personal business, those who assume you can't make a decision on your own, and you need their special brand of intervention/interference. I'm educated, for God's sake! Leave me alone, and worry about your own dinner!"
    • +1 +2 -1 Jordan F Feb. 22, 2012
      "my sentiments exactly, though this is merely a discussion :) but mere discussions become annoying sometimes, and people sometimes take them to extremes, don't they? I also am a pescetarian. Let's do sushi sometime and talk about it! haha"
    • -3 +6 -9 Cultural Relativism Aug. 25, 2011
      "boos: "For God's sake, eat whatever the hell you want, and enjoy it!"

      Ok... I think I'll eat some long pork (human) tonight with a side of fillet of kitty cat. Would that still be ok with you boos?

      If not, then why is ok to eat pigs, chickens, and cows?"
  • -3 +36 -39 Tyler Buchman May. 27, 2011
    "I am a vegetarian, but I dont think people who dont want to become vegetarian should do so. Do I think that we need to rework our food monopolies? absolutely, but people definitally o not need to become vegetarians if they like to eat meat."
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    • +4 +4 0 me Jan. 13, 2012
      "yes i loooooove meat but i dont eat it very often because i love animals and dont want them tourtured"
  • -4 +9 -13 Just making a point Sep. 8, 2013
    "I'm con but i think that it's ones personal opinion. That and I love meat."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Melissa Nov. 8, 2012
    "I have omnivore's teeth. If God or evolution intended me to be a vegetarian, I should have cows teeth.Humans are classic examples of omnivores in all relevant anatomical traits. There is no basis in anatomy or physiology for the assumption that humans are pre-adapted to the vegetarian diet. For that reason, the best arguments in support of a meat-free diet remain ecological, ethical, and health concerns."
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  • -4 +12 -16 AlexHunter Oct. 3, 2012
    "I respect vegetarians, but making every single human being go vegetarian seems a bit extreme, especially since agriculture contributes to deforestation just as much as cattle-farming. If the government could invest in animal-cloning, then the ethical and ecological issues could be avoided"
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  • -4 +12 -16 Genesis Jun. 14, 2012
    "Im a con, because you dont get all the nutrients that you need to survive, that includes iron and vitamins and it really makes your life harder,with having to watch other people eat the food you use to like"
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  • -4 +13 -17 Howard Apr. 27, 2012
    "Not all meat is that unhealthy, such as salmon, it has healthy Omega 3 in it, and it's also very tasty."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "I am on the con side, but I have to say that most large carnivorous fish have a buildup of mercury in them. Our body flushes mercury out, so these fish are very healthy, as long as you eat them moderately. Tuna is a particularly bad offender, you should probably only eat it once a week."
  • -4 +18 -22 Marcos Feb. 29, 2012
    "18 says that manure from producing beef. well manure is constantley used to produce vegatables. Its not like anybody is saying not to eat vegatibles or meat. as humans we need to use our intelligence to eat both wisely. there are some foods that we shouldnt even be eating because they are so bad. i know a vegetarian he is so disgustingly week and pail that its creepy. he punched a kid and fractured his hand. both eating just meat and just vegatables can be harmfull to a person. but with the right amount of both we can be even faster, stronger, and smarter.NO VEGATARIANISM IT ISNT AS HEALTHEY AS YOU THINK, MOST OF THE PROS ARE FORMED OF OPINIONS JUST SAYING."
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  • -4 +21 -25 Potter Nov. 30, 2011
    "It seems as though the only argument that the vegitarians have is that eating meat is cruel. Well think about this, My family owns a Ranch. The cows we raise are sold for slaughter every fall. That is how we make our living. The animals are slaughterd vary humanly, those who say they have seen actual footage of animals being beaten to death are either lying or confused. PETA uses footage from other countries fom like a long long time ago. There is nothing cruel or inhumane about eating meat. it is the way of life."
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  • -4 +23 -27 mav Nov. 25, 2011
    "alright..... imma tell u guys whats supposed to happen....... the plants grow...... the animals eat the plants giving them all that protein........ then we eat the animals (if properly slaughtered)...... we live"
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  • -4 +29 -33 Haylie Oct. 6, 2011
    "I think that if you want to become a vegetarian, then go for it. But its not like anyone is stopping you from eating meat or just strictly vegetables. It's your choice to become a vegetarian and I believe that not everyone should become a vegetarian."
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  • -5 +8 -13 liz Nov. 14, 2012
    "If the main reason you want to become vegetarian is because we slaughter animals at mass and you think that's inhumane, then go hunt down your own food."
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  • -5 +9 -14 Sarah Sep. 28, 2012
    "Alot of people dont want to become vegitarian and thats ok. Im not a vegitarian. If we do become vegitarians it will be a big impact on the envirounmrent. Animals feel pain just like us and we shoulod help them! Meat is delicios i know it is but just try not eating meat for a week and see what a difference it makes if one person helps."
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    • +1 +1 0 Fishtree Apr. 17, 2013
      "erm, wrong side.
      it makes a total of...No difference! Whatever we do the meat markets will still make meat for the people who eat way too much. (as well as people who will never become vegetarians)"
  • -5 +10 -15 veg_free Jun. 6, 2012
    "- There's many kinds of Vegs, even Vegs that eat meat and fish. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201109/why-are-there-so-few-vegetarians That's because there is not one kind of vegetarian diet, but all kinds of vegetarian diets. All of those can be summed up in six kinds: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/oct/17/six-kinds-of-vegetarian-ariel-leve

    - All heart diseases attributed to meat, even those claimed by certain studies, must now be considered in light of this new study: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2010-releases/processed-meats-unprocessed-heart-disease-diabetes.html. I deeply regret the absence of this reference in the pros/cons arguments.

    - A majority of Vegs (not all), especially vegans, tend to turn their diet into a religion, a sort of blind dogmatism that does not take in consideration all the studies that have been released. They sometimes express arrogance, pride and radicalism, pretending to detain a higher or better ethic truth just because of their diet. Ethics that we cannot quite seise the content but that permits them to rise barriers and clans against those who are not vegs. Take a look of the "thumbs down" made in this side of cons..."
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  • -5 +20 -25 Chloe Dec. 20, 2011
    "I do not think that peoople should become vegetarian because they should get to choose what and what not to eat. I think that because if i like meat and want to eat i should be able to and if somebody else does not like meat then they shouldn't have to eat meat."
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  • -5 +20 -25 cmts Nov. 30, 2011
    "in the book of Genises of the Bible God gives Adam domain over all of the animals in His kingdom. this means that we are alowed to use them for any of our needs. furthermore we should be able to eat animals without ever being guilty of taking an unneccisary life."
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    • +2 +2 0 Carie Kaleidoscope Jan. 9, 2013
      "Please keep religion out of a scientific debate. Please? Just for once?"
    • +1 +1 0 rachel Nov. 21, 2012
      "before giving dominion over the animals in genesis 1:29 god also mandated that humans were to eat vegetation, the allowance to eat meat was not given until 1600 years later after the flood of noah in genesis 9:3. a king has dominion over his subjects - but that doesn't give him the right to kill them or treat them badly. we would call that a bad/cruel king. a good king would show kindness and love to his subjects caring for them and their needs. therefore having dominion is a poor argument as dominion does not mean that you can do whatever you want."
  • -5 +20 -25 Bobo the Clown Nov. 7, 2011
    "If the animals are being bred for consumption (as farm animals are), I feel no guilt in enjoying a tender, juicy steak. If this argument seems simplistic, it is. But, hey, it's my opinion, and I'm entitled to it."
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    • +2 +2 0 Bobo the Clown Nov. 8, 2011
      "Awesome. Aren't you just a giant ball of sunshine? I just put my opinion (i.e. my view, *cough* the reason this page is up *cough*) here, and you go ahead and attack me.

      Also, watch films like "Fresh." Do those free-range animals (and I never said I was against that) look unhappy to you? No, I didn't think so. Then, when those animals are taken to the slaughterhouse, they follow the regulations set by the HMSA, meaning that the animal is struck unconscious before being slaughtered. Thus, they feel no pain. If you want to relate it to humans, you wouldn't feel any pain either if someone knocked you out and then put you down.

      And, there's no proof that meat takes years off one's life. There are people that eat diets full of bacon, fried chicken, and the like that have lived to be over 100 (see the Discovery Channel or Travel Channel for more info).

      Thanks for the unwarranted attack. There's my rebuttal (in a civil tone)."
    • -1 +1 -2 Malola Nov. 16, 2011
      ""Then, when those animals are taken to the slaughterhouse, they follow the regulations set by the HMSA, meaning that the animal is struck unconscious before being slaughtered. Thus, they feel no pain." = That's refutable since, even when oblied, not all slaughterhouses actually do this. But, yes... that's more of an "stick to the law" issue...
      Anyways, sure that a well done slaughter job wouldn't 'cus the animal pain but for many of us is still unethical (you know, to kill a someone who feels), as it would be to kill a person.
      Anyways, for some of us is the ethics behind it that matters... and the environmental issues...
      Erm... Who says you're not (entitled to your opinion that is)?"
    • -2 +1 -3 Kari Nov. 8, 2011
      "You feel no guilt? How inhuman are you? Because, animals are like us. If it were humans that we were breeding and eating, you would feel differently wouldn't you? Yes, I'm sure. You are exploiting a sentient being. And you have no guilt? You are causing them unthinkable pain and anguish, for the sake of the fleeting, perhaps pleasurable taste of flesh that will essentially take years off your life. And, yet, you feel no guilt? I am disgusted."
  • -6 +9 -15 Bailey Oct. 10, 2012
    "It says in the Bible that we were made as omnivores."
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    • +2 +2 0 Modern Beliefs. Mar. 12, 2013
      "can we just keep religion out of this?....its a scientific debate....nothing to do with the bible.....okay?.....okay...."
    • +1 +1 0 rachel Nov. 21, 2012
      "actually read in genesis 1:29 "here i have given to you all vegetation bearing seed which is on the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is fruit of a tree bearing seed. to you let it serve as food." verse 30 goes on to give a similar mandate to the animals telling them to eat vegetation. humans eating meat was not introduced until genesis 9:3 "every living animal that is alive may serve as food for you". this mandate came 1600 years after adam's creation. thus for 1600 years humans were vegetarians.
      some people will argue that in eden humans were given animals in subjection, but let's look at it this way: a king has people in subjection to him. but he has a responsibility to those people to care for them. a good king is kind and looks after his people and provides for them and loves them. a bad king rules with fear and cares little for the feelings of his subjects. so are we good stewards or bad. while we now have a right to eat meat, humans didn't always do so and weren't created to do so, afterall eden was a truly peaceful place and you can not have true peace if there is killing of any sort."
  • -6 +20 -26 Wassup World Mar. 7, 2012
    "Meat is so tasty. I can't help but have some meat. Animals eat meat. It's natural. And good."
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    • -2 0 -2 Jordan Nov. 19, 2013
      "we were genitially built to eat plants. we arent suppossed to eat meat. meat also causes health problems. vegitarians live longer. you can go ahead and eat the cruely slaughtered animals and make yourself sick, or you could become a vegitarian and you and the animals live a happy, healthy lifeeating what we were made to eat. join the vegitarians"
  • -7 +8 -15 Christopher Newcomb Feb. 6, 2013
    "You need meat to get your protein"
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    • 0 0 0 Jordan Nov. 19, 2013
      "there are plenty of protien filled vegitables and food thats not meat. tofu, beans, and almost all the vegitables include protien. so if you would rather eat cuely slaughtered animals then you can go on ahead your just killing off animals when you can not even have to eat animals, instead be a vegitarian"
  • -9 +17 -26 VegGirl Feb. 14, 2012
    "I understand why people eat meat; I just think that they should respect the fact that they are taking an animals life, and be ethical and humane about it. I'm not trying to say that it is "unethical" or "bad" to eat meat. I'm a vegetarian for my own reasons, but I just hope that someday people learn to be ethical and humane through the process; IE: not debeaking while chickens are still alive, or leaving animals to rot one their done with in the isles of slaughter houses, no more CRUEL deaths, etc."
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  • -9 +16 -25 Luke Geister-Jones Dec. 21, 2011
    "I think that peopel should not be vegetariam. Because then you would not get the proper vitams such as iron proten also becase some anmals need to be killd to controll the population and my finely reason is meet is very good!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 joe goodman Apr. 2, 2012
      "Some said earlier that the only argument for vegetarians is that its cruel, but that a lot better then most meateaters arguments, which is "it tasted goood!!!" have some self control for you and your plant, please."
  • -12 +15 -27 Meat Lover Apr. 20, 2012
    "We should not be vegetarians because without meat, we'd start killing each other and practicing cannibalism in order to satisfy our need for meat."
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    • 0 0 0 Kathryn Nov. 5, 2013
      "What need for meat? I have been a vegetarian for almost a year, and I stopped having meat cravings a long time ago. I get all the vitamins I need from other sources What need for meat?"
  • -12 +32 -44 MARK RICHIE Nov. 3, 2011
    "we are NOT RABBITS"
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  • -12 +32 -44 BIGDADY Oct. 25, 2011
    "MEAT ROCKS"
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    • -1 +2 -3 Malola Nov. 16, 2011
      "Now, that's a good argument...
      It's not the most efficent way...
      May I ask, where would you draw the line???
      Domestic animals (inhouse, like cats and dogs)??
      Even if you were to eat cats, would you eat your cat??
      I ask 'cus some slaughterpeople say that they wouldn't kill an animal close to them....
      Human meat??
      How about becoming a scavanger?? If you're pro-meat that's a far better choice in my opinion."
  • -12 +37 -49 The MEATMAN Oct. 18, 2011
    "MEAT! is delicious. No contest."
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    • +1 +7 -6 Katherine Oct. 31, 2011
      "It may be delicious, but is it healthy? Ethical? Green? No. I think you need to rethink the way you choose foods."
  • -14 +31 -45 Juan Sep. 27, 2011
    "vegetarians simply are hurting themselves. It's thier loss."
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    • +6 +7 -1 Malola Nov. 16, 2011
      "But, we have other sources than meat... How is that hurting ourselves??"
  • -20 +24 -44 Cole Taylor Dec. 5, 2011
    "Meat good. Vegetaraians bad."
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    • +2 +6 -4 Emily Jan. 9, 2012
      "You seriously think that? Are you sure? Well, you can't judge people for their food choices! You must have a serious problem. Meat is murder! Vegetarians are saving lives."
    • 0 +1 -1 Meg Apr. 10, 2014
      "so you think murdering innocent animals is good?"
    • 0 +1 -1 An Omnivore Jan. 22, 2014
      "That is not respectful nor does it help the conversation on this."
  • -24 +33 -57 Dennis May. 24, 2011
    "Well I'm all for good health, but if human beings stopped 'eating mammals and fish' then what pray tell will happen with all the populations of cows, steers, pigs, lambs, chickens, buffalo, deer, elk, and 'any' other four legged mammals and fish that human beings consume?

    What happens to all those animals and the 'impact' it would cause this planet. Not to mention the 'inferior' bunch of humans that would be produced from not having the core strength of proteins we as humans get from consuming animals and their meats."
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    • +3 +5 -2 Vicki Van Linden Oct. 12, 2011
      "If we stopped eating meat, then humans would stop breeding chickens, pigs, cows, sheep and goats - all the domestically raised animals. There would be no population explosion of these animals as they are purposefully bred for human consumption, and use a great amount of the earth's resources for each pound of meat. We would just stop breeding them. As for fish, the fish populations around the world are in dramatic decline due to over-fishing, so the oceans would be able to begin to recover if we stopped eating fish. As far as wild animals that people sometimes consume, they are subject to the natural limitations of territory and food supply, and nature has done a better job of managing wild populations than human interference has. So, there is no need to be concerned about the earth being over-run by too many animals."
    • +3 +6 -3 Estlyn Aug. 15, 2011
      "Wow. Do you have any understanding of how livestock is raised? Farmers don't just go outside and trap some cows. The meat you eat is bred and raised for the purpose of slaughter.

      Also, as I love to explain to hunters, Mother Nature has this cool mechanism called carrying capacity. That's when a species reaches its maximum, sustianable population. If there are too many cows, there isn't enough food, therefore the population adjusts itself since animals will die without food."
    • +3 +7 -4 boos Jun. 1, 2011
      "Come on... if you're trying to create an argument, you need a valid point! Livestock would simply be bred less, which would simply mean less money in the pockets of those farmers. Maybe their techniques in raising these creatures would change as well if the demand weren't so high. Hmmm. While I'd never be in favor of hurting the U.S. farming community (any more than crop importing and selling off valuable farm land already has), I'd also like to see some responsibility taken in the ethical treatment of creatures who can't speak for themselves (watch Food, Inc. if you want a disturbing eye full), and if this means less consumption because of less demand, I doubt if any American I know of would suffer any health effects from no longer consuming Big Macs or Burrito Supremes -- other than maybe lower blood pressure and a healthier digestive tract. (And maybe a clearer conscience?)"
    • +2 +4 -2 boos Sep. 7, 2011
      "Baah. Farm animals don't overpopulate like creatures in nature. And, the only way that any of them will overpopulate in nature is 1) from disease (at which point man would probably attempt to intervene), or 2) if hunting, farming, and/or fishing stop, which is completely ludicrous, since there's no way that will never happen -- not only because you could never convince the entire population to go veg, but there's way too much $$ to be made off the poor creatures, and man is greedy. In fact, man is the only animal motivated by greed. ProCon: let's address greed instead -- its effects on society, and the trouble it has gotten us into, and see what kind of responses THAT generates! One last thing: take this rhetoric to Alaska. Try to convince that state first to go veggie. They're surrounded by water and wildlife, and farming isn't viable at certain times of the year. "Alaska: the tempeh state!" I think not!"
    • +2 +6 -4 Andrew May. 27, 2011
      "Most of the animals people eat wouldn't be born in the first place if we didn't factory farm them, so your argument seems to lack a logical foundation.

      As for the 'core strength' of proteins: humans can get more than enough protein without eating animals, so again, your argument is invalid."
    • +1 +4 -3 Katherine Oct. 31, 2011
      "If everyone went vegetarian, there would not be as many farm animals because they would not be bred for meat, but the ones that there would be would have loving, caring homes as opposed to living in bloody slaughter houses.

      There would be NO 'inferior' bunch of humans as to the fact that you can get plenty of protein from plant-based foods! Meat is not necessary to humans."
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