I'm vegetarian, and have been on and off since I was seven, but recently I've been questioning my motives for my being vegetarian. It's always been a mixture of moral/ethical and health reasons and personal preference for me.
Basically, the meat industry is one of the biggest pollutants in the world, and I don't want to contribute to it. There is massive deforestation due to organisations like McDonald's, who need more and more space for their cattle, leaving desert in their wake. Then you have the huge amounts of CO2 emissions from the vehicles that transport the meat. This is my main ethical concern for not eating meat.
Health-wise, red meat is bad for you. Even if you argue that we were meant to eat meat, we were never meant to eat lamb or beef, otherwise lamb wouldn't put strain on the liver, and we could eat beef in inordinate amounts, and it wouldn't matter. But it does. There is a big fat content in red meat.
On personal preference. I've always been of the opinion that if you're going to eat meat, you should be prepared to prepare it, not be fussy about eating the bits "you don't like" etc. and I'm not. Hence, I don't eat it. On top of this, I really don't like the taste of beef or steak, nor do I appreciate the texture.
Post by † Damien Darkside † on Mar 22, 2008 9:50:05 GMT -5
I love meat, I love everything about it. I excersise often and I can use the BBQ and Stove to manipulate meat like nobody's business. Meat is fun. Meat can have all sorts of flavors. Meat can be sweet, or meat can be spicy.
I love meat so much that if I lived 1 year longer if I didn't eat meat, that would be a waste of a year.