A Case For Vegetarianism

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As a beginning, let me attempt a definition of Vegetarianism. The stereotypical vegetarian shuns from the consumption of the flesh of any animal, poultry or fish. He may also exclude from his diet the by-products of animal slaughter. He follows a low fat diet plan, and his nutritional requirements are sourced from vegetables, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Some vegetarians may also use dairy products like milk, cheese, butter. Yet other vegetarians eat eggs.
Vegans on the end of the spectrum have extended the concept of vegetarianism to include the conviction that one should not draw sustenance by dealing death to animals, whatever form that may take.A vegan’s diet plan generally includes grains, vegetables, fruits and other substances of agricultural origin. Some may advance arguments against honey, since it is the product of the bee. Many vegans have extended this philosophy to govern their life styles as well.
I will return to this later, but for the moment, let me move on.
Can a vegetarian diet supply the nourishment necessary for healthy growth? Yes, say some recent studies. Vegan diets tend to score more in almost all essential minerals and natural acids and lower in almost all of the nasty stuff. Conducive vegan diets appear to offer protection against most degenerative conditions. I understand that vitaminB12 (produced by some micro-organisms) is an important deficiency in their lifestyles. As a solution, dieticians suggest B12-fortified foods or supplements.
At this point, let me take up an ethical question. Is it possible not to take life or inflict pain in satisfying your nutritional needs? Plants die in the process of being cooked, and if we are to agree that they react to external stimuli, they must also feel pain. Numerous studies have established this. Eggs are the seeds of potential life. All living creatures, even if they are unicellular organisms, treasure life. .
What l am trying to say is that it boils down to what reasons different people have for the choices they make about what to kill or have killed for them to eat. To sustain life we have to take life. That seems to be an incontrovertible fact.
The higher we go up the food chain, the more unprincipled it becomes. We actually see a calf being separated from its mother, or the piteous bleat of a goat before slaughter, and it creates a crisis of conscience. Since the agony of a cabbage stewing to death is not palpable, there is no culpability or remorse.
I would recommend vegetarianism for a different reason: its more healthy. That, I feel is the only argument that I can advance in its defence.
Let me leave you with the saying of a prominent vegetarian-
George Bernard Shaw
“If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth – beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals – would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?”
I would substitute ‘animals’ with ‘living things’.
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