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Should we stop consuming animalproducts?

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Started: 5/17/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Slothsloth

Pro

Even though it is broadly discussed, meat and animal agriculture are touchy subjects. Eating meat is so deeply rooted in our culture that the thought of not having it on your plate for every meal makes many people feel deprived. We live in an age where dairy, eggs and meat are acknowledged as essential for our wellbeing and happiness. Where we imagine that the milk that we pour up in our glasses come from peaceful cows in meadow fields and gladly give us their milk and that the bacon in our frying pans come from healthy free roaming pigs who lived a long life. But what if i told you that these illusions of the dairy, egg and meat industry are only that, illusions, not reality. Would you change your ways?

The truth is that animals born into in these sorts of industries are treated with the utmost lack of respect. The documentary Earthlings shows how the animals are cramped into restricted metal boxes filled with filth and live their whole life under the stress of this intense confinement. They are artificially impregnated by humans in order to keep their milk flowing and then traumatically separated from their baby at birth. They are genetically manipulated and force fed antibiotics to grow quicker and produce more meat, something that often causes them to become crippled by their own weight and collapse with lung failure and heart attacks. (1)All for our daily strip of bacon, glas of milk and fried egg.

I do not believe that it is right that one group of living being anguishes under the hand of another and i certainly do not believe that it is the animal's responsibility to feed and clothe us as they do today. I don't believe that we should prioritise our tastebuds or greediness over the lives of other earthlings. So why is it that we today, knowing that we can live healthy vegan lives still raise and kill animals in the most inhumane ways possible? How can we believe that it is morally correct to mechanically mass murder living beings? Is it out of habit or are humans really that cold hearted?

Sources:
Earthlings (2005), Monson, Shaun
Xaiwan

Con

Science has proven that our bodies are reliant on the nutrients and other elements that only animals can provide. For example, the Vitamin B12, which is found in fish and eggs. Though I am not saying we should abuse or privileged of consuming these animals, we should not be forced to give up the practice of eating meat. We can be informed and updated on the continuous state that the animals live in and make decisions on behalf of that.

Cite:
https://authoritynutrition.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Slothsloth

Pro

There is a common misconception that all vital vitamins and other nutrients can"t be found in a vegan diet. The vitamin you used as an example, B12, is made by anaerobic microorganisms (ie. bacteria that do not require oxygen to live). This means that B12 is a Vitamin made out by bacterial fermentation and in many cases are destroyed by the humans process of sanitation. (1) In his book Healing with Whole Foods Paul Pitchford writes that in the long-term vegan cultures, veganism provides all necessary nutrition. These cultures are actually getting their B12 partially from the small insects on their greens and produce. The other advantage they have is that manufacturing regulations are not so strict on sanitation, so the naturally fermented foods they eat have enough bacteria to produce B12. If we were to lower our strict standards of complete sanitation, plants would also contain this vitamin. (2) A vegan diet is also scientifically proven to lower the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure och rheumatoid arthritis.(4) These diseases are some of the leading causes of death in the world.(5)

in your previous argument you also mention that you believe that we should keep ourselves informed about the state of the animals and treat them more humanely whilst being raised for our pleasure. Of Course this would be a step in a better direction but does it really matter in the end? In this scenario we are still raising the animals for slaughter, and in the end they are gonna be killed. We are still raising to kill and i can't possibly see how that is humane of us? I myself can not justify using another individual for something that i don't need to survive. Since humans are not carnivores and don't need dairy, eggs or meat to survive i do not believe that it is my or any other human's right to end an animal's life, just like i don't believe that it is one human's right to end another human's life.

(1) Happycow.net, Nicholds, Heather,Vitamin B12 Facts for Vegans, http://www.happycow.net...
(2) Pitchford, Paul, Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (2002)
(3) The National Center for Biotechnology Information, Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...
(4) Veganhealth.org, Norris, Jack, Disease Rates of Vegetarians and Vegans, http://www.veganhealth.org...
(5) World Health Orginisation, The top 10 causes of death, http://www.who.int...
Xaiwan

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Slothsloth

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Xaiwan

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by jkdufu 1 year ago
jkdufu
I believe that the common mass produced way of "farming" is wrong, but I have no problem consuming animal products if it is sourced locally and sustainably.
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