Originally Posted by DeadheadGranny
When animals die and rot, roots of plants suck up the nutrients.
Veggies don't care where they get their sustenance from.
Veggies 'eat' dead animals.
So veggies are not vegetarian.
They are eaters of everything.
If you eat a vegetable which grew by feeding off the nutrients of dead animals, (insects, birds, mice, etc., etc.), aren't you practicing indirect meat-eating?
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Beings eat what they are DESIGNED to eat. Roots are made to absorb nutrients available. They do not have free will or opposable thumbs, or appendages for that matter...there is a difference.
Humans are not designed to eat meat, despite the "oh we have canine teeth" argument. Actually, we have teeth suited for ripping tougher vegetables, not meat.
Of course everything is in a life/death cycle...However, I don't think that really pertains to the actual ethical issue of meat eating.
We are all part of a life/death cycle, but the question that some thinkers ask themselves is "How can I cause the least amount of suffering?"
As with everything in life, it is a matter of degree.
Compare: field mice being accidentally tilled (somehow I'm surmising that they would AVOID large machinery & there are a limited number of mice vs. animals bred for killing that live their entire lives enduring no sun, dry grass, living in their own shit, dosed with antibiotics, their young taken from them.
If you hunt your own deer, I can see ethically your murder is a matter of degrees better than if purchased from the murder industry.
I compare: a healthy, LOW CHOLESTEROL, diet vs. a diet with animals that are raised to die, KNOWING they are going to die, SCREAMING when they are about to die, living in nasty conditions. For instance, chickens are allowed to have a certain amount of breast infection (measured by the PUS they excrete) and are still SELLABLE. I do understand the organic free range is "better" in degree, however I would still not support the industry of pain.
There's no way to painlessly kill an animal anyway. What would you do, pump em up on morphine? That in itself would be a painfully cruel way for an animal to be treated.
I want to treat everyone as what they are, babies of the earth...I do have to make a distinction between animals and vegetables simply because there IS one.
For humans (i've had this discussion so many times w/ doctors, nurses, everyone! that concur, if not follow their thinking!), a vegetarian diet is copacetic. We have teeth that enable us to eat different sources of plants (inscisors for harder fruits, to acquire corn). We have witnessed the plagues of death by too much cholesterol (found in animals, not in plants), gout, cancer (especially of the colon).
We do NOT have the type of small intestine that carnivores have. Humans ingest most of the toxins in meat, where wolves, dogs have a SHORT small intestine that does not absorb these toxins, they excrete them before they can be absorbed...vegetarians live longer, healthier lives, it is in the research unavoidably.
You choose your life, and what lives you take.