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Natural Human Diet

The fundamental rule of nature is we cannot deny that humanare born to be omnivore they can choose the diet they want to eat.Therefore, eating of meat by humans is ethical in this line. However,it is unethical depending on the line meat eating is viewed forpleasure. Ethics is often confused with feelings. Feelings provideimportant information when making ethical decisions (standards ofbehavior that tell us how humans should act in situations)[ CITATION San09 l 1033 ].

Today, there are arguments of eating meat since killing animals toeat meat is cruel and unethical. Though killing of animals soundscruel, this is not the case if it is justified by the need to consumeand not for pleasure. Furthermore, viciousness committed to save alife is actually not violence but a necessity. Sadly, eating meat canbring health issues such as heart diseases, high blood pressures,high cholesterol and so on. With all these health issues, why dohuman still choose meat as part of their diet? A fundamental rule ofnature is that, eating meat is part of life. We must eat to survivethough slaughtering tons of animals due to meat consumption can besubstituted as we have the option of choosing what we want to eat. Ifa human cannot decide to choose what he or she wants to eat, how canwe be living a healthy or happy life?

Nature requires balance and the balance requires meat anarticle by Roussel in[CITATION Rou12 p 2 l 1033 ]. Imagine a worldwhere no animal is killed, this will result into an imbalance innature. This article has however faced much critics over years since,animals eat other animals in order to survive which is more naturalthan a human eating animals. This is the case since as individualshave a choice of consuming non- animal products but carnivores suchas lions do not. Whether we’re talking about a lion taking down awater buck, or a human in some remote location forced to hunt inorder to feed her or his family: these are acts of necessity. Thereis no equivalence to be found in nature for the massive harm ofanimals for pleasure as illustrated by Ashley.

Although we can still survive without meat and choose vegetables asour diet, this does not give enough proteins for our body’s dailyneeds. I’m not suggesting that a man should eat meat all the timesince it results into negative effects among health issues. There arearguments that animals are killed because humans consume meat. In theessay “I’m About to Eat Meat for the First Time in 40 Years”by Ingrid Newkirk, she explains what makes the meat we eatis ethical. She explains, “Aside from accidental road kill or thefish washed up dead on the shore, it is perhaps the only ethicalmeat”[CITATION Ing12 p 2 l 1033 ]. Sadly, although the meateating part was ethical, Ingrid’s father ended up with gout thenheart problems for the love of meat. Eatingmeat is not the problem, it’s having the meat to serve your dietthat is important. We don’t need every human being to become avegetarian

Ethics behind eating meat is that, if we don’t eat meat, wedo not have proteins that our bodies need. A healthy life goes beyondeating vegetables. In our elementary school, we were taught a healthydiet comprise of proteins where meat is an excellent example,carbohydrate in grains and vitamins in vegetables. Besides,harvesting plants and slaughtering of animals is of equivalence asplants also have a life of their own too. Ethics of farming isbeyond killing of animals. According to Roussel, we cannot survivewithout animals and so do the animals. The slaughtering of animals iskey to the production of food that embraces the chain of naturalorder to be in check. This is why, eating of meat is ethical. Notconsuming meat will disrupt this chain of natural order and at thelong run, problems for the whole human race. Justin previously a meateater went ahead to try it out as a vegetarian but at the end, wentback to his meat eating habits. He defends meat lovers and points outthe ethics behind it, that is, the responsibility towards the animalsand slaughtering with compassion which is the deal in his essay, thisis the deal we have made.

According to Jay Bost article,sometimes it’s moreethical to eat meat than vegetables,he points out why meat eating is ethical. Vegetable eating ends upbeing more damaging than meat eating since, animals are fed to it andhumans too consume it. At the long run, it leads to deforestationwhich we all know never ends well[CITATION Jay12 p 2 l 1033 ].Due to the above reason, why not protect our environment and be athorough meat eater just as Bost became.More writers like Bob Fischer in his article, forwhat shall we be blamed- and why pointsout that ethics goes beyond eating meat and it stresses more than wecan just give. He further tries to defend his wife who is an omnivoreby cementing that meat eating is ethical in our society todayconsidering its moral decay.

According to our previousarguments, we have seen the ethics behind meat eating, that isrestoring of balance, for necessity among others. However, meateating is unethical[ CITATION Our12 l 1033 ].Ashley clearly shows that harming animals for pleasure goes beyondour ethical principles which we consider core. If we have analternative of not eating animals, then we should not harm them andleave animals such as lions to eat them since they have to survive.Ingrid clearly explains how the butchered animals suffer inthe wrath of butchers, trying to save themselves but miserably theycannot. BenBramble in his article, meatis ethical. Meat is badshows clearly that going to a point of casting pain or harminganything with a life of its own is unethical. Individuals whenbutchering this animals should put themselves in the animals shoesand ask themselves if that was done to them how they would feel. Ibet it would be horribly painful, so why do such a thing to anothercreature with life while humans cannot bare the pain.

Why do humansinsist on meat eating after all the harm it can bring to our bodies?We have all learned in some part of our life that excessive meatconsumption causes ailments such as high blood pressure, excessivecholesterol levels which can cause heart failure and even death.Prevention is better than cure, so why wait to cure our ailmentslater by eating meat than just preventing and stop our meat eatinghabits. However, if every individual reduced their need of animalprotein in their diet, the world would become a much healthier placeto live.

Works Cited

Bost, Jay. Sometimes it is more ethical to eat meat than vegetables. New York: New York Times, 2012. Magazine.

Newkirk, Ingrid. I`m about to eat meat for the first time in 40 years. New york: The New York Times, 2012. Magazine.

Our Hen House, Change The World For Animals. Why It’s Unethical to Eat Meat. 23 April 2012. 15 11 2014.

Santa Clara University. A Framework for Thinking Ethically. 1 05 2009. 15 11 2014.

Times, The New York. Put Ethics Where your mouth is. 20 04 2012. magazine. 15 11 2014.