The arguments for leaving animals off our plates have never been stronger – and the availability of vegetarian food has never been greater. There are so many reasons to have a meat-free diet (truth be told, it was tough to pick just five!).
Killing animals promotes violence, not global peace
A man repeatedly beats a cow with a rodLeo Tolstoy claimed that «vegetarianism is the taproot of humanitarianism«. His point? People who wish to sow the seeds of peace should be eating as peaceful a diet as possible. Eating meat supports the killing of animals for no reason other than to satisfy humans’ acquired taste for animal flesh. The great humanitarians Mahatma Gandhi and Thich Nhat Hanh have argued that a vegetarian diet is the only diet for people who want to make the world a kinder place.
If you wouldn’t eat a dog, you shouldn’t eat a hog
Roasted dogs at Tomohon Market in IndonesiaIf we’re horrified at the thought of stuffing Fido and Fluffy and roasting them, we should feel equally disgusted at the sight of a hog roast. After all, pigs are just as loving, intelligent and capable of suffering as our canine companions are. Paul McCartney summed it up perfectly when he said, «Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty».
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