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Subject: Re: !!ATTENTION VEGETARIANS/VEGANS!! Date: 3/23/2001 9:07 AM
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ahh, a serious answer, thank you.

If you wanted a serious answer, you might have asked the question in a more serious tone. But now that I understand what you want...

Why?
Health Reasons - I believe the vegetarian diet to be far healthier than the Standard American Diet (SAD), and while I do not believe small amounts of meat are unhealthy, I do believe the amount of meat in the SAD are extremely unhealthy. Also I have a great deal of concern for the amounts of hormones and antibiotics that are used in the raising of food animals. I think these are contributing to the resistance of some diseases and have other ramifications as well. Not to mention the sad state of inspections by the USDA.

Ecological Reasons - The raising of cattle and other animals for human consumption is very detrimental to our environment. The pollution that comes from the average cattle ranch (or should I say factory) is really horrendous.

Morality Reasons – Back to the factory farm issue here. I do not believe it is morally wrong to kill an animal for food. We are all on that food chain and to one degree or another every living thing lives off the death of other living things. I do believe it is morally wrong to torture an animal in raising it for food which is what I believe most factory farms do. Crating veal so they cannot turn around. Caging and Cutting beaks off of chickens. And on and on.

Philosophical Reasons – While I do not believe it is wrong to kill animals for food on a general basis, I also feel that I would like to minimize the death that comes as a result of my life. So morally I can understand someone feeling justified in eating organically raised livestock, I personally choose to minimize my contribution to their deaths. Another side line to this is that I feel it is somewhat cowardly to let someone else do the killing for me. If I am willing to eat the meat, I should be willing to kill the animal. I am not willing to do that. This is one of the reasons I do not have a problem with people hunting for food although I would not choose to do so

Aesthetic Reasons – I have not eaten meat in several years and I do not find the thought of eating meat enjoyable. While I doubt I would become physically ill, the sight of meat grilling on a barbeque does not make my mouth water. I do not find it appetizing in the least.

This is a partial list of my "Why". I am sure I could come up with others, but I think my first response was just as good:

Why Not?
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