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basketball_duncker
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True2GaGa
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34 Points

Vegetarianism: we should stop eating other animals.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/2/2009 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 4,993 times Debate No: 10309
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basketball_duncker

Pro

First I would like to thank my opponent for participation, if she wishes to, in this debate.

The type of vegetarian that we are debating about is someone who is lacto-vegetarian that means they eat dairy products; but no eggs or meat.

There are many reasons for being vegetarian and not only because you feel that have had the animals deserved a better life. There are health benefits from being vegetarian as well as solving many world food shortages. Also becoming vegetarian would help the world as well as you, like global warming could e reduced (assuming this is an accepted theory), and if everyone became vegetarian there would be better water supplies throughout the world, being vegetarian can also save you money.
Being vegetarian is healthy, Vegetarians are usually lean and strong, because knowing that they cannot eat some things, the watch their diet more than the average person does. Vegetarians rarely have vitamin deficiencies because the foods that they are leaving out don't have many vitamins to start with. Also within meat there are bad things such as fat and drugs that the animal has taken in. I an average stake contains 9.5 grams of fat [1], that is over half of your daily guidance, which clearly is a good reason for not eating too much meat to start with. On top of this the animals that you are eating as a non vegetarian are being filled with drugs and chemicals to make them grow faster, these when consumed in large amounts can make you feel ill and drowsy. There are many other illnesses that you can get from meat, like Osteoporosis, Kidney Stones and Gallstones, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Gum disease, and acne can be caused. This is all because of poor animal fodder. If you were under the impression that meat is good for you there is another problem that faces you which is an excess in protein. The average American eats 400% of the RDA for protein which can cause excess nitrogen in the blood that causes host of long-term health problems [2].
If you are a vegetarian and you don't eat meat, then you also save money, meat is more expensive than vegetables and other vegetarian foods. Also because you are healthy, for the reasons of being healthy see above, you don't have to spend as much money on healthcare as you otherwise would have had to.
Reasons to become a vegetarian based on environmental factors is that the production of meat costs more fossil fuel emissions and other bad gasses then producing vegetables. We can also conserve water by eating more vegetables and less meat. "It takes 3-15 times more water to produce animal protein as it does plant protein." [2]. To help human food resources we can eat more grains. This is because for 100 acres of land we will produce enough beef for 20 people the same amount of land and we can feed 240 people. With the excess food we can feed a lot of starving people. [3]

[1] http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk...
[2] http://www.britishmeat.com...
[3] http://www.flex.com...
True2GaGa

Con

Without animals to eat, we cannot get the nutrients we need. if we did not eat animals, we would be weak and feeble! What a waste of a life.
Debate Round No. 1
basketball_duncker

Pro

Firstly I would like to thank true2gaga for participating in this debate.

I would like to address the counter point that you have brought up. Being vegetarian, to be precise a lacto vegetarian, means that the only things you are giving up is meat and eggs. This means that you still are eating all dairy products and other animal products. This is a key fact in this debate because being this type of vegetarian makes it that much easier for the individual to get the nutrients that he or she needs.
Because the individual is missing out on only meat and eggs, as a researcher you must find what nutrients are prominent in each product. Meat contains mainly fats, proteins and iron. Each of these can be replaced in other food sources. The same goes for eggs, they contain mainly proteins fat and sodium. All of which can also be replaced by your diet.

Although some people feel that not eating meat is a waste of a life because they would become weak, this is a complete myth. The reason that vegetarians are perceived as weak and feeble is because they are no fat because of all the meat they are eating. Therefore in comparison to the meat eater they may be weak and feeble, but they usually lead the healthier lifestyle.
True2GaGa

Con

Look, this is my first debate and I really don't know. I just have a complex way of thinking about things. So don't take anything personally, because I'm really only 12 but I'm in 10th grade because I skipped grades. Anyway, I believe in animal rights, but I think that if animals are killed, we must eat it! I think that if you petition the meat companies that make the meat to not make much of it, then there would no be a waste of meat!
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by True2GaGa 6 years ago
True2GaGa
loll
Posted by daniel_t 7 years ago
daniel_t
"I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals,
I'm a vegetarian because I hate vegetables!" -- bumper sticker
Posted by Koopin 7 years ago
Koopin
For every animal you save, I eat two!
Posted by wjmelements 7 years ago
wjmelements
PRO wins. Badly.
Posted by tBoonePickens 7 years ago
tBoonePickens
I say let the animals stop doing it first!
Posted by atheistman 7 years ago
atheistman
I know, I was just stating my view.
Posted by Alex 7 years ago
Alex
Atheistman it's a debate, nobody is trying to take away your "right" to eat meat. It's a view.
Posted by tmhustler 7 years ago
tmhustler
how does con have 14 points
Rfd
conduct pro because con realy made no valid arguments
s&g tie
argu pro for obvious reasons
s pro had the only sources
Posted by atheistman 7 years ago
atheistman
Enough with the vegetarian movement, no one can take away our right to eat meat.
Posted by daniel_t 7 years ago
daniel_t
I'm not a vegetarian, but the rest of my family is. (They eat dairy, eggs and fish but not avian or mammalian flesh.) I think Con wasn't quite ready for her first debate. She should pick a subject that she feels more comfortable with and try again.
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