YEs, you make a valid point. Suffering is suffering. The point I was trying to make was that eating meat is not about hate! Farming animals for food is pretty much about money, not hate and discrimination and racism.
I have visited the local farms where my family obtains our meat. It is MO that these animals are not suffering prior to their quick and relatively painfree death.
|i'm sure, given the choice, no animal would want that either. isn't that enough? i just don't see how a meal is more important than a life.
You also make a valid point. However, in nature, most animals aren't given a choice. Prey animals become meals to predators whether they like it or not and their deaths are very seldom quick and pain free. This is as nature intended. Lesser animals, in terms of the food chain, are consumed by higher predators. It's the circle of life. Humans are just as much a part of this circle as any other animal.
Every life should be respected, I agree, but I don't believe that this rules out the consumption of animals. Left without any natural predators, animal populations explode causing widespread damage and the wiping out of other, weaker species competeing for resources. Humans have shown us this time and time again by our messing with this delicate balance thru overhunting, overfishing and the destructive chemicals we produce on a daily basis and the introduction of foriegn species.
The bottom line is that prey animals are meant to be prey for a predator. Wolf, human, lion, tiger, all predators.