Oskar wrote:In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with eating meat at the moment.
Then make a logical argument to support that opinion. This thread is filled with argument about why you should or shouldn't be a vegetarian.
Some examples of common arguments for being vegetarian
1. Animal Cruelty: the animal you eat live an incredibly tortured life, die in a painful way, and are intelligent enough to feel it.
2. Global warming: Meat production accounts for 18% of GHG, more than all transport combined. Further, its far easier to cut meat out of your consumption than any form of transport, so its the best way to reduce your foot print
3. Macro environmental Consequences: The land use statistics are astounding, with 1/3 of arable land going to meat production world wide and 8% of our fresh water supply. We are already at the point where we need to consume food more efficiently
4. Micro environmental Consequences: Cattle and pig farms create terrible local polution in the form of runoff water.
5. Rainforest destruction:
http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianvegan101/f/forestclearcut.htm wrote:For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed. And its not just the rainforest. In the United States, more than 260 million acres of forest have been clear-cut for animal agriculture (2). With increased per capita meat consumption, and an ever growing population, we can only expect to see more deforestation in the future.
Here is a good article with 101 reasons.http://www.flex.com/~jai/articles/101.html
. These will show that we are consuming food at an unsustainable rate, eventually there is no more forest to destroy.
Here are some of the counter arguments
1. The animals aren't smart enough to take their wellbeing into moral consideration
2. Animal die in vegatarian diet as well, due to field mice getting run over by tractors3
3. If your a vegetarian, you need to be a vegan, or grow your own food to be logically consistent
4. Vegetarians are actually worse for animals, because meat eaters create more animals. Isn't it better to live then die then to have never lived?
5. Environmental consequences of personal actions are minimal, so there is no sense spending effort on them. Focus on big issues.
6. Global Warming isn't an issue, either it doesn't exist or it will be solved by (insert thing here)
You should respond to some of these before you say that there is nothing wrong with eating meat, or your not really contributing to the debate.