Is it for Ethical Reasons?

Have you ever felt that you needed to explain exactly why you have decided not to eat meat? For most people there is a lot more behind it than just the ethical story – with which I am by no means saying that the ethical story is not important. has an amazing list of “How to win an argument with a meat-eater”. They list for example the Hunger Argument (You know how many hungry people could be fed with the corn and soy given to cows and other animals for meat production? I will just quote vegsource: Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million)

Another one is the Environment Argument (yes, that’s the whole story with the greenhouse effect, methan and CO2…Also here I’ll give you just one excerpt: “Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more)

And finally, the Survival Argument:

“Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner)
Food choice of Dave Scott: Vegetarian
Largest meat eater that ever lived: Tyrannosaurus Rex (Where is he today?)”

Besides they also list quite some health-related issues, check out the full list on their webpage. The arguments are originally from the book Diet for a new America by John Robins.

Anyway, I will be fair and listen to the other side as well. Here is a link to an article on “How to win an argument with a vegetarian”. Now it’s up to you to pick your side.

Thanks to RobStone for the picture!


3 thoughts on “Is it for Ethical Reasons?

  1. I like this post – my boyfriend and I are trying to become vegetarians. Right now we’re part-time vegetarians, but it’s a start! I’m going to check out that John Robins book!

    • I think being part-time is a great start. I am part-time vegan. In the end it’s a journey I believe. Books, stories and other people are great help so thanks for sharing your experience!

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