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Why do people eat animals

20. Why do people eat animals? “Those who will exclude any of Gods creatures from the shelter of compassion and dignity will deal likewise with their fellow man.” – St. Francis of Assisi.

41% Percent of the US land in the 48 contiguous states are used for animal pastures and feed production – USDA 2017. As of this writing, Sept 8 2021, over 38 billion animals have been slaughtered for food this year in United States alone.

What is wrong with this picture? Where is the data to prove eating animal meat is healthy or that the human body can utilize it as a source of nutrition? The data is stacked high and the data is clear.

The meat paradox: Why we eat animals even though we don’t want to

The global appetite for meat is still growing, despite what we know about animal suffering and the environmental cost of eating them. Most people don’t want to kill or torture — not even animals. So why do they eat meat?

If you like steak ― could you kill this cow?

The sheep is wriggling about. Kai will need to use the bolt gun a few times. He hesitates. I wonder if he’ll back out after all. But then he takes a deep breath and pulls the trigger. The six-month-old sheep immediately collapses. But the bolt shot alone does not kill it. Kai has to cut the animal’s throat. The butcher steps in to help him do it faster.

The average person in Germany eats almost 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of meat per year. In the US and Australia, the figure is more than 100 kilograms. Very few people slaughter the animals and prepare the meat themselves; instead, they buy it ready-made from the supermarket or the butcher. This makes it easy for consumers to forget that the steak, lamb shoulder and chicken thighs on their dinner plates were once part of a living creature.  

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Decoupling meat from the Living being

Decoupling meat from the living being it once was helps people escape the dilemma of the “meat paradox”: the psychological conflict between people’s dietary preference for meat and their moral opposition to animal suffering and death.

Kai, standing in a pool of blood, can’t escape anything right now, though. The sheep has finally stopped twitching and lies lifeless at his feet. He’s fighting back tears, trying to comprehend what just happened. “I killed an animal,” he says.

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