05-28-2010, 04:26 PM
Vegetarians kill plants. :P
When I was younger I always wanted to be a vegetarian. Why? I dunno, I just thought it sounded cool and I love animals. I hated the idea that I was eating something that used to be living and functioning.
But when I got into high school, I realized something. Like Miranda said, you wouldn't punish a carnivorous or omnivorous animal for eating another animal, would you? It seems silly, right? Vegetarian lions and tigers? That would never work. They need to eat those other animals for the nutrients, and to keep the population of their prey under control. Think about how many rabbits there'd be if no other animal ate them? Think about how many babies rabbits have, and how often they have them. I'm pretty sure rabbits wouldn't stop reproduction if there were starting to be too many. They'd just... multiply.
So, really, it's all the food chain. Humans, by nature, are omnivorous animals. We need that meat too, for all the protein it has. You can get protein and other nutrients like it in things like beans and nuts, sure, but you know how much you'd have to eat to get the same amount of protein as somebody who eats meat? It's a lot.
I used to feel guilty for eating meat, but I don't anymore. Cows, chicken, pigs, and other animals were domesticated long ago for us to eat and to give us nourishment. I need their meat, and that's okay. It's part of the food chain.
I don't have a problem with vegetarians, though, I could never be one myself. It's their choice, so whatever. I just wouldn't choose the same. I like chicken too much. XD