Today I had a discussion with my very Italian, very omnivorous family. Who decided to comment on my new-found vegetarianism. As much as I like to unearth the hidden toxicity of the life around us to unsuspecting bystanders.... "Oh hey, did you know that chemicals in that plastic bottle contain an estrogen derivative which will lower your testosterone and maybe lead toward infertility?"
Have you had your Bisphenol A this morning?
(Which is hopefully soon to be banned, I'm surprised to be thanking otherwise evil wal-mart for their vow to take Bisphenol A laden products from their shelves)
Anyway, they decided to interject to my rather sound lifestyle,
"Wasn't Jesus a fisherman! He ate meat!"
I'll overlook being called Un-Jesus-Like for the time being, and justify the argument that is made so often.
That eating meat is "natural" and that "animals do it all the time" or maybe mention the "circle of life" to a biology teacher, sure...now you got me!
What is natural? A nomadic pre-history human that used tools to kill small game. Smaller than you think...
...Look no further to our evolutionary relatives, other primates, who's main source of protein is...
...insects. In fact monkeys, lemurs, and apes are all classified as vegetarian/fruitivores. Is that natural enough for you?
Not enough?...well, the teeth of Australopithicines, scientists say, indicate a vegetarian diet. But enough of that scientific/evolutionary nonsense. The earth is only 6000 years old anyway... right Hovind?
Now I'm no member of mensa, but I think their MIGHT be a difference between a lion, on the African Savannah who hunts down a zebra as its sole means of survival, and millions of Joe Shmoes, who eat McDonalds burgers at a rate that only raising animals on meat farms can sustain.
meat.org should be enough convincing for any intelligent, thinking human. There is a world of difference between someone hunting and killing their food humanely, to the atrocity that is the meat industry. How do people not recognize the disctinction?
For most people, it's out of sight, out of mind.
"A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal" - Proverbs 12:10