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kahenawilhite
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grannyannay
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Should people be vegetarian?

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Started: 2/8/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kahenawilhite

Pro

I think that people should be vegetarian for multiple reasons. There"s the moral reason; animals in the meat industry are treated horribly and you save about 100 animals every year you"re vegetarian. There"s the environmental reason; the best thing an individual can do to help the environment is become vegetarian. The amount of water and transportation(gasses), machines who need to be made is incredible.
grannyannay

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I think that everyone being a vegetarian is not a good idea at all. A lot of people have allergies to the foods that substitute the nutrients found in meat, which makes it very difficult to not become malnourished. I for one, am allergic to all legumes like soy, nuts, and lentils, so forcing me to not eat meat would result in me being always tired and maybe sick.
Debate Round No. 1
kahenawilhite

Pro

I think you"re argument is valid, of course some people have special needs such as allergies of lack of protein etc. But most people do not, I never said that everyone should be vegetarian although it would be nice it would not happen. But most people are capable of cutting out meat from their diet and get nutrients or protein from other foods. I think being a vegetarian has enough benefits for your surroundings that you should be able to miss a good a good taste. Anyhow once you become a vegetarian you discover so many new foods and you start disliking the taste of most meats after a month or two.
grannyannay

Con

I think that saving animals is important, but special needs are not uncommon. Vegitarianism is healthy for a few, but can make others very sick. Not eating meat can very easily result in a lack of vital nutrients and vitamins. The International Wellness Directory states that 93% of vegetarians don't get enough zinc, which is a huge issue. Zinc helps with bone growth, immune system health, taste and smell perception, cell reproduction, and wound healing. It also states that there are no proven health benefits to avoiding red meat. Being vegetarian simply isn't healthy and although one would be saving an animal by not eating meat, they might be seriously damaging their health.
Debate Round No. 2
kahenawilhite

Pro

You might be right, a lot of people have all different kinds of allergies which might make it harder for them to be vegetarian (I'm not saying everyone should be, they could maybe just try partially cutting out meat from their diets) and not eating meat might create a lack of protein and iron, and zinc. But although for example zinc helps with bone growth, when you're a vegetarian if there isn"�t enough calcium in the bloodstream, our bodies will work harder working for it itself from existing bone and you"ll build strong bones. There are studies that found vegetarians have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, and the risk of cancer is lowered. "A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful because vegetarians consume less animal fat and cholesterol (vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol) and instead consume more fiber and more antioxidant-rich produce"(vegetarian times)�. Going vegetarian gets a lot of positive press, which it most likely would not if there where more cons than pros, and the stereotypical 'healthy' person is a vegetarian which counts for something, so if health is important to you being a vegetarian might be a good option. Another reason you might want to cut meat from your diet is it would be cheaper to be vegetarian considering the price of meat. Each non vegetarian would annually cut individual food bills by an average of $4,000 a year by being a vegetarian. Additionally once you cut meat from your diet you start eating more fruits and vegetables, which are so high in complex carbohydrates. They supply the body with plenty of energizing fuel, so in result you gain more energy from being a vegetarian. Also you haven't gone over the affects the animal industries are affecting our planet itself. Some people become vegetarians after realizing the effects the meat industry is having on the environment. "According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste from factories or farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams." (vegetarian times) Accompanying the fact that they are overpopulating the planet with animals for their meat that needs to be transported, fed, their food needs to be watered, the industry machines need to be made. All of this accompanied by so many more reasons, you"ll keep your weight down, you"ll live longer, you'll keep away diseases and obviously you'll help innocent animals from every day suffering until their cruel deaths. Enjoy your meal.
grannyannay

Con

Yes, animals are saved by being vegetarian. However, there's always cruelty free local farm's stores, where the animals that have been used to provide food were taken well care of before being used. I personally don't eat processed meat ever, because my family thinks its not good for our bodies or the environment. When meat is collected properly, there is no reason to be sorry for eating it. Being vegetarian is not necessarily cheaper as well, especially because meat alternatives such as soybeans and nuts and beans cost money too. According to many studies, there is no proof that not eating meat prevents heart disease or cancer at all. Another thing about illuminating meat from your diet is that it is simply just not a natural thing to change in your eating habits. For example, cave men didn't have as much or any sugar like we do today. Sugar is not so good for our bodies, just like processed food. Meat on the other hand, has been consumed by the human species since the beginning of their existence. Meat was a great food for early humans to eat because of all the protein, vitamins, and zinc it contains. That's why to this day, meat that has been prepared in a healthy way is a really important part of our basic human diets. Ditching meat completely has pretty much no proven solid facts that this lifestyle has any health benefits. Choosing to change your diet to vegetarian is a personal decision, but definitely should not be pressured because it can be very unhealthy and sometimes life threatening to others. If being vegetarian is not done properly, which is quite common, many can have deficiencies of really important types if nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, which can lead to all sorts of sickness. I believe that when done properly, being vegetarian isn't bad at all as long as you can take care of your body, but these different eating habits shouldn't be pushed upon other people in anyway.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by TheDom275 1 year ago
TheDom275
Being a vegetarian is definitely more moral than eating meat but there are many reasons to eat it anyway. We get a lot of protein and necessary fats from meat which would be very hard to supplement otherwise. And if we didn't eat meat, how far would animals be able to breed? We'd likely have mass overpopulation in rural areas leading to less living space for us humans and we'd arguably be wasting resources on animals that we have little to no use for. Then the moral argument would come full circle on itself and we'd have to do something to halt overpopulation and cut breeding by either slaughtering animals again or neutering most of them.
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