A vegetarian lifestyle is better than one of a meat eaters.
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A vegetarian diet is better than one of a meat eater's for various reasons, but in this argument I will stress on two.
Animal Suffrage: Having a vegetarian lifestyle helps not only you as an individual, but also helps save millions of animals that get harmed and slaughtered yearly.
It"s cruel and unethical to kill animals when vegetarian options are available.
- Animals have emotions and social connections.
- Scientific study shows cattle pigs and chickens and all warm-blooded experience stress, fear and pain
- 35 million cows, 115 million pigs, and 9 billion birds killed for food each year.
-; These animals should not have to die to satisfy an unnecessary dietary preference.
-; Raising animals in confinement is cruel.
-; 50% of meat produced in the United States comes from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
Where animals live in filthy, overcrowded spaces.
-; In CAFOs pigs have their tails cut off, chickens have their toenails and beaks clipped off, and cows have their horns removed and tails cut off with no painkillers.
- Pregnant pigs are kept in metal gestation crates barely bigger than they are.
- Baby cows raised for veal are tied up and confined in tiny stalls their entire short lives (3-18 weeks).
Animals raised for food in US not slaughtered humanely.
-HMSA (Humane methods of slaughter act) necessitates that cows be unconscious before slaughter to readuce suffering
- Birds and pigs have no rules of such
- And slaughter houses still mostly ignore HMSA
Health and Nutrition: A vegetarian diet gives one a complete nutrition with additional health benefits that meat cannot provide.
- According to the American Dietetic Association, a vegetarian diet is healthier than a meat eating diet because
- Vegetarian diets meet protein requirements, provide all the essential amino-acids), and improve health.
- It can also provide all the necessary vitamins, fats, and minerals, and can improve one"s health.
- According to the USDA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, meat is not an essential part of a healthy diet.
A vegetarian diet provides a more healthful form of iron than a meat-based diet.
- Studies have linked heme iron found in red meat with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer.
- Vegetarian sources of iron like leafy greens and beans contain non-heme iron.
A vegetarian diet helps build healthy bones because vegetarians absorb more calcium than meat eaters.
-Meat has high renal acid levels which the body must neutralize by leaching calcium from the bones, which is then passed into urine and lost.
- There are many sources of healthy vegetarian calcium including tofu, dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens, as well as fortified cereals.
A vegetarian diet lowers the risk of heart disease.
- According to a peer-reviewed 1999 study of 76,000 people, vegetarians had 24% lower mortality from heart disease than meat eaters.
-A vegetarian diet also helps lower blood pressure, prevent hypertension, and thus reduce the risk of stroke.
Eating meat increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
- A peer-reviewed 2004 study from Harvard researchers found that eating meat increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes in women
- 2002 study found that eating processed meat increases the risk in men.
- A vegetarian diet rich in whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy proteins helps to improve glycemic control in people who already have diabetes.
Vegetarians live longer.
- A Mar. 12, 2012 peer-reviewed study of 121,342 people found that eating red meat was associated with an increased risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- A peer-reviewed 2003 study found that adherence to vegetarian diets or diets very low in meat for 20 years or more can increase life expectancy by 3.6 years.
- A peer-reviewed July 9, 2001 study of Seventh-Day Adventists who were vegetarian (or ate very little meat) showed longevity increases of 7.28 years for men and 4.42 years for women.
- On June 3, 2013 a peer-reviewed study of 73,308 people found that a vegetarian diet is associated with a 12% reduction in all-cause mortality
A vegetarian diet promotes a healthy weight.
- According to a peer-reviewed 2003 Oxford University study of 37,875 healthy men and women aged 20-97, 5.4% of meat eaters were obese compared to 3% of vegetarians.
- Meat eaters had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) 8.3% higher than vegetarians.
-Another 2006 meta-study that compiled data from 87 studies also found that vegetarian diets are associated with reduced body weight. 
Studies show that vegetarians are up to 40% less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters.
- According to a peer-reviewed 1994 study by Harvard researchers, consuming beef, pork, or lamb five or more times a week significantly increases the risk of colon cancer.
- The World Cancer Research Fund found that eating processed meats such as bacon or sausage increases this risk even further.
- A 2014 study found that diets high in animal protein were associated with a 4-fold increase in cancer death risk compared to high protein diets based on plant-derived protein sources.
World Hunger: Eating Meat uses up many of the plant resources and causes most third world countries to not be able to grow enough food.
A vegetarian diet can help alleviate world hunger.
- Over 10 pounds of plant protein are used to produce one pound of beef protein.
- If these grains were fed to humans instead of animals, more food would be available for the 925 million people in chronic hunger worldwide.
Research from Cornell University found that the grain used to feed US livestock alone could feed 800 million people.
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good-to be desired or approved of
look, your whole argument is relative of what people desire or aprove of. Also, your argument is plagarized vi
I like meat, Bacon tastes good and i like it, therefore bacon is good. Since Bacon is better than salads or other vegetarian food according to me and other bacon and meat lovers, meat eaters lifestyles are better than vegetarians. Vegetarians tend to be more concious about their weight and exercise, otherwise why would they be vegetarians. accounting for this, it can be safely assumed that a meat eater with similar lifestyles to vegetarians would have similar health. Our ancient ancestors were carnivorous since they have cave painting drawings of hunting animals and were they unhealthy after running around hunting all day? probably not. Sure Greenhouse gas emissions may be higher for producing meat. look there is more than enough food to feed the world, it's just that food distribution and economics make it so this food doesn't reach those who need it most. Eating animals is key to their survival as a species. Animals like the Dodo bird could have been saved if they were mass farmed and maybe we'd still see these beautiful creatures. Existence of these animals is very important and its more ethical to ensure their species survive and that we benefit from it as well. Honestly, a good hamburger in my opinion is worth all the drawbacks of animal cruelty, health, and the environment. A good bacon cheeseburger makes me happy and i think my happiness is more important than raising pigs for my benefit. Sure, animal cruelty is bad and all, but in the end, is it really the meat eaters fault? It's the corporation that you should be fighting, not the consumer. Yes, the consumer is paying revenue to the corporation, but they need to get their bacon cheeseburger for their happiness. Some people can't even afford to go all out vegetarian since meat is cheap and affordable per calorie.
OK, your main points are complete plaigerism of a website you didn't even site. That is really unethical and bad for debate. We are here to debate a topic and formulate our own arguments, not to copy and paste the arguments of others. I think the voters should vote based on that single most incriminating fact. Plaigerism is bad for debate, if we were allowed to plaigerize, would i really be debating or commenting on an article that my opponent has posted? Judges, go to this link and look at the pro aspects and you will see stark similarities.
Plaigerism is an offense to debate, you should never debate by copying a majority of your arguments from a website. That's not debating, it's just posting a website on a debate forum. You should vote con purely based on plaigerism, if not, then choose which side makes sense.
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Vote Placed by o0jeannie0o 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Bias facts that are plagiarized and uncredited (all three "points"). I grew up on an organic ranch, animals are not treated like you describe, they are treated almost like pets. In fact the animals would not exist if it where not for that farm. I don't believe this is always the case but It is where I get my meat. Vegetarians, on average, "care" about what they eat more then "meat eaters" meaning they don't eat a lot of junk and sugar so they are healthier. They also tend to be in better shape. It makes sense, If someone doesn't care about how their chips where made why would they care where their meat comes from? The facts are you get a lot of necessary fats and proteins from meat, per calorie, then from vegetarian based foods, with more variety.
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