Why we should stop eating Meat
Please don’t eat Me
One of the main reasons why we should stop eating meat is because the human body is not designed for consuming this form of food. And this is apart from the fact that eating any sort of meat can be “deadly” to our system. But I’ll get to why that is so in a minute.
Let me start by asking you if you’ve ever heard of mad cow disease. Most of us are unaware of this particular disease that not only affects cattle but also had a devastating effect on humans. Are we aware of what actually happens to cattle when farmers feed their cows with the wrong type of food?
Mad cow disease is a fatal disease the slowly destroys the brain and central nervous system in cattle. And in rare cases, cattle may even acquire a human form of the disease known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as BSE. This transmissible and fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle could easily be passed on to humans who may have ingested the infected flesh.
The first case of Mad Cow Disease was reported in the United Kindom in 1986 and in North America in 1993 and in Canada in 2003. France had their first case of BSE confirmed 2011. So far the disease has been identified in twelve countries. These include countries such as Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.
In an affected animal, the brain develops tiny holes, making the animal lose control over its movements and changing its overall behaviour. Mad cow disease spread in British herds in the mid-1980s after they were fed the processed animal remains of sheep infected with scrapie.
Scrapie is a disease of sheep which involves the central nervous system which in turn is characterised by a lack of coordination that causes affected animals to act in rather strange ways, such as not being able to stand on their legs, making them become clumsy and falling down or rubbing themselves against objects such as trees for support.
Mad cow disease is thought to be a virus-like agent such as a prion. A prion is composed of abnormally folded protein seen in cattle and other livestock as well as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) seen in humans. Most scientists believe that mad cow disease is caused by this abnormal protein in brain tissue. But hey! Don’t take my word for it. Google it and see it for yourself.
And why do cattle get mad cow disease? And what happens when cows suffer from mad cow disease? The answer to the first question is simply because farmers feed cows with the wrong food. Cows are herbivores and therefore, they should be consuming plant-based matter and in particular, grass.
Mad Cow Disease Video – Not for the Faint-hearted
This is why we should stop eating Meat
The next time you go to your local butcher or supermarket, do yourself a big favour and respectfully ask the person in charge of the beef products you’d like to purchase if the same comes from cows who are grass fed. And if not, it’s probably best not to purchase their beef. Chances are, the butcher will simply tell you that their beef does come from grass-fed cows even if he just wants to satisfy your curiosity.
Even though I’m a vegetarian, I love to go to the meat counter and ask a few quality questions. Nothing surprises me. I always get the same answer and you know what that is. Also, I never see any labelling on “fresh meat” products informing consumers about the inherent dangers of eating red meat such as…
This product may cause heart complications or that it may be a concern for many types of cancer, to name but a few. However, I do see lots of warning labels of all descriptions on every packet of cigarettes, but not on any kind of meat products or alcohol for that matter. And we know the dangers of drinking alcoholic drinks. But that’s a story I’ll tackle in another article.
Okay, So now that I’ve got that part out of the way, I need to talk to you about the part of the human anatomy that is a clear indication as to why we should stop eating meat. But before we get to that, let’s first take a look at a few examples why carnivores only eat meat and not plant-based food and why we should eat more plant-based foods.
There are three things come to mind here.
Number one is that carnivorous animals such as lions, hyenas, tigers, etcetera consume meat is simply because their physical structures are designed to capture their prey with the use of sharp claws found at the end of their paws.
Rather, our hands are more favourably disposed towards that of picking fruit and vegetables. Somehow, this makes more sense. There is no need for us to go out into the wild to acquire our meat craving as we can simply pop into the local supermarket and purchase what we need at the meat counter and all pleasantly packaged for our convenience. How great is that? But therein lies the real danger.
On the other hand (pun intended) the human race as we know, do not have claws on the end of their paws. Our hands are not designed for grabbing live prey so there’s absolutely no need for any type of claw. Neither are we a subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities such as the character portrayed as an American comic book superhero who appears with some sort of sharp instrument protruding from his hands. Some of you may know this fictional character. Let’s leave it at that, shall we?
Number two is that flesh-eating animals have a mouth full of sharp canine teeth, all good for tearing at the flesh, which is then quickly swallowed. There is absolutely no chewing or grinding of their particular food source. Humans have mostly molar and premolar teeth. The teeth we have are specifically designed for us to chew and grind food.
And the reason we need to chew our food well is that there is a need to break down the food particles together with saliva. We might not be complete herbivores, but we certainly are not carnivores. We are in fact omnivores, meaning that, while we can consume some tearing food, we also need to eat food in accordance with the type of teeth in our mouths.
Saliva is basically a clear liquid made by several glands in our mouths as well as it is an important part of our healthy body. Saliva is mostly made of water and contains important substances, including electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial compounds and various enzymes that our body needs to digest food and also to keep our teeth strong.
Because we are considered more of an omnivore, we have the ability to consume both plant and animal food. However, because of the type of teeth we have in our mouths, we need to apply what I call the 80/20 principle. In other words, our diet should consist of 80% plant-based food such as whole grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds and only about 20% animal-based food such as lean meat, cheese and milk.
Number three is that we need to understand the digestive system and the intestines of both flesh-eating animals and the human species in which any food source has to travel. Unlike humans, carnivores have a much shorter intestine and the digestive enzymes therein can easily break down their food without any complications.
Our digestive system and the complex intestinal tract in which our food source travels are much more complex as well as being longer than that of a carnivorous animal. The longer it takes for us to digest food, the more problems we are likely to have. Consuming large amounts of meat products can easily cause harmful toxins to develop.
Sheep before the Slaughter
The reason why we should stop eating Meat
Another reason why we should not eat meat is the way in which animals are raised to be slaughtered for the purpose of profit and for food for the privileged who can afford this kind of luxury. Unfortunately, we can be kind to our domestic animals but care less for other animals such as cows, sheep and pigs.
You wouldn’t eat your dog or cat, but is a cow or baby lamb okay to eat?. Is that the right thing to do? In some countries, cows are considered sacred. Cows are also living creatures too and would love to roam the land free from harm. The water buffalo’s of Thailand and Cambodia work the land and help to feed so many more people. They are also not killed for their meat. So why would you want to eat your cows?
Farmers should concentrate more on growing plant-based foods to help and sustain the planet as well as feed the millions of people who often go to bed hungry. Corporations must stop allowing the mass culling of these innocent creatures for profit. It’s incredibly sad that for centuries humans have been manipulated into caring less and less for these animals and by doing so, continue to purchase and consume meat products. What we don’t realize is that inevitably we are killing ourselves and our planet in every possible way. The worst is that we are in complete denial.
So let’s consider that from a human perspective and also from the animal perspective we are about to eat. For this exercise, let’s use the cow as an example. It’s born and raised and then killed for the sole purpose of food for humans. The question is, did that cow have to die so that we may continue living. It just so happens that that cow you recently ate, is someday going to kill you and in some other disastrous repercussion. Somehow, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The moral of the story is… Eat plant food for better health or eat meat products and pay for your crimes.
What does all this all mean? Is the culling of animals actually necessary? The answer to that could be both yes and no. We all have to go someday but it’s how we go that really matters. Should we be grateful for the animal that was sacrificed for our benefit? And is there really a benefit at all. Shouldn’t we be thinking about the animal before we decide to eat it? We all have to make decisions about the food we eat but let’s hope we make the right decision. We don’t need to consume meat at all and if you’re worried where you’re going to get your next fix of protein, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that there are a lot more quality proteins that come from plant-based foods.
Who’d want to eat this Baby Lamb