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The Enraged Carnivore: How To Deal With The Meat-Eater's Rant

Consider this: if you were engaged with someone in a debate, and they happened to be gay and you told them that you're sick of hearing them preach about their rights, that they should keep their opinions to themselves, and that you are entitled to your own, homophobic opinions, they would remind you that it's not 1952 and to get with the times. They would remind you that we have emerged from the dark cave of suppressed human rights and we are the better for it. And they would remind you that while you may have the right to feel any way you want, you should probably keep out-dated opinions like that to yourself.

So why, then, is it ok for someone who loves their meat-eating ways to be cruel, hateful and preachy about the idiocy of your ways and at the same time defend their right despite the cruelty and environmental destruction associated with it? Beyond that, why is it ok that you are then asked to respect their opinion as they (clearly don't) respect yours? To those of you who understand food production and all of its problems, congratulations because you must already be vegan. But to those of you who espouse angry, hateful rhetoric and demand that we respect your opinion on meat consumption, for those of you who feel the need to voice an opinion rooted in cruelty, I have a few points I'd like to make:
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Animal production for human consumption is the number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions by a substantial margin. When you oppose the environmental argument, you are exposing your ignorance.

Animal production is almost always intensely cruel in its execution. When you oppose the compassion argument, you are also only exposing your own ignorance.

Animal protein is not understood by the general public, and the meat industry has worked hard to keep it that way. When you raise the protein argument, you are exposing your own ignorance and doing their dirty work at the same time by perpetuating false information. you are doing their dirty work by perpetuating false information Animal protein is not necessary - in fact it's harmful for the most part. For crying out loud, potatoes have enough protein for the human diet.

By simply adopting a cruelty-free diet that is kind to the environment as well, there is no implied contract that we will be perfect 100% of the time. We are human, we will sometimes make poor choices. Let he who is without sin...

Animal protein consumption is directly linked to heart disease and cancer. Irrefutably. Massive, large-scale studies have been done on this subject, and in counties that are now rapidly starting to adopt a Western meat-centred diet, these conditions are appearing in epidemic proportions.

Yes, we have incisor teeth, but so does the gorilla, a vegetarian. When you use that argument, you're really exposing your ignorance.

Just because we can ingest meat does not mean that we should. We may have had to for survival once-upon-a-time but we can now choose not to. Our bodies even release enzymes to fight foreign matter when we consume meat, recognizing it as harmful.

It is not your right, based on your traditions, your customs and your habits, to deny animals their freedom so you can harm them, enslave them and kill them. That’s not what rights are about. That’s injustice - Gary Yourofsky

Animal production for food requires about 10 times the resources to produce per calorie, in a world plagued by starvation.

Animal production emits more greenhouse gasses than the entire transportation industry.

Our rainforests are being decimated at a rate of a football field per second. A staggering 97% of it is for animal production. You may also know the term rainforest referred to as the lungs of the planet, something we will need down the road.

The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men - Leonardo Da Vinci

More than half of the water used in the US is for animal production. Californians eating meat are creating their own drought in a way.

The animal production industry, including fishing and dairy, is wealthy and powerful. They lobby relentlessly to ensure that policy is made in their favour, with no concern for the environment or human health, only for profit.

In poor countries, grain that could be fed to starving humans is generally given priority to livestock, which can then be in turn sold to wealthier people in why are we being asked to respect an opinion that supports and endorses cruelty?developed nations. That must hard to stomach, even for the most hardened and vehement carnivore.

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language - Martin Buber

So, just as one would not expect a feminist to accept the sexist's viewpoint, and just as a homosexual would not be expected to acknowledge the homophobe's opinion, I ask again, why should we have to respect an opinion that supports and endorses cruelty? Please, give me just one reason why I should support a viewpoint that contributes to world hunger, massive deforestation, declining human health and massive greenhouse gas emissions?

I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man - Mohandas Gandhi

It is ludicrous to think that difference in opinion warrants mutual respect, especially when the opposing opinion in question not only stands for everything you are against but also appropriates suffering, defends oppression, and encourages the continuance of exploitation - Felix Samson

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