Skip to comments.NYT Ethicist A Contest: Tell Us Why Itís Ethical to Eat Meat
Posted on 03/20/2012 3:36:14 PM PDT by SMGFan
Ethically speaking, vegetables get all the glory. In recent years, vegetarians and to an even greater degree vegans, their hard-core inner circle have dominated the discussion about the ethics of eating. From the philosopher Peter Singer, whose 1975 volume Animal Liberation galvanized an international movement, to the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who wrote the 2009 best seller Eating Animals, those who forswear meat have made the case that what we eat is a crucial ethical decision. To be just, they say, we must put down our cheeseburgers and join their ranks.
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If you didn’t eat meat, where would the gravy come from?
All of God’s creatures deserve a place at the table - right next to the mashed potatoes and green beans.
As Ted Nugent says, “Kill it and grill it.”
Ethics has nothing to do with eating food.
If it’s ethical enough for the bald eagle, mountain lion, wolf, polar bear, muskie, hawk, and hundreds of other great American species, it’s ethical enough for me.
Considering how the plants eat all of that nasty carbon and exude oxygen, explain why its ethical to be a vegitarian.
If you don’t eat it, it will go to waste. Really, you should eat meat because there’s not much else you can do with it.
If they want people to explain why it’s ethical, then it’s clear they think it isn’t.
But to respond: God said it was okay. Period, stop, end of issue.
Animals bite, so I bite them back. I call it social justice.
It is ethical because it is none of your damn business.
If our ancestors didn’t eat meat, they wouldn’t have been strong enough to survive. I honor them by eating meat at every opportunity.
Besides, if God didn’t intend for us to eat meat, he wouldn’t have made animals so tasty.
Because we can.
Since when is the NYT concerned with ethics?
How can they do so without touching religion?
Call it "cafeteria spirituality".
And if you don’t have gravy, how can you really enjoy mountains of mashed potatoes?
Face it, who would raise cattle just for fun as pets? Chickens? Turkeys? Hogs?
What is ethical about wanting the extinction of all those species as no one could afford or want to keep them.
What is unethical about it?
So in other words “come on you evil meat eaters, defend yourself. you are on trial. let us see some sensible arguments. but you are already considered guilty. it may be okay but it is still unethical.” /s
Because God said we can would be the best answer.
“...God said it was okay. Period, stop, end of issue.”
Works for me!
Old Testament: Genesis Chapter 9. Man is first given permission by God to eat animals after the flood.
New Testament: Jesus Himself eats fish, Jesus feeds 5000 bread and fish. Jesus never condemned Peter for being a fisherman. Jesus never condemned anyone for eating animals, and it was going on all over the places where He was. There were instructions from God on how to kill an animal so that it suffered minimal pain and went unconscious.
Those are my best reasons for it being ethically allowed. Do we revel in it? I don’t. But right now, until the world is restored the way it is supposed to be by Christ, we are able and for nutritional needs, generally need to have meat as part of our diets. I look forward to the day nothing ever has to die again, but I am grateful we have animals that we are able to eat. I am also grateful we can be kind to them while they are alive, and I am grateful for the animals I have as pets that I would never eat.
I like it.
But to put it in a way the “environmentalists” would understand—because we’re highest on the food chain.
“because i have canine teeth???”
Eggs Ackley! Had this argument with a weedeater friend. He says,,,, “We’ll evolve!”
There is a term for vegetarians in the animal kingdom
they are called “Prey”.
No vegetarian predators, nope.
Maybe we should turn the question on them.
“Explain why it is ethical to allow your children to be malnourished because you don’t eat meat.”
“Explain why it is ethical to eat living plants and their offspring, fruits? Just because they can’t move, or verbally express pain, why is it okay for humans to consider anything else their own personal food source?” Plants feel pain, and they also respond to positive and negative stimulus noises.
But liberals are at a huge disadvantage with questions like this, because the underlying premise is that ethics are absolute. But liberals think there are no absolute rules.
The stupidity of liberalism is on display here.
What would happen to all the cows?
I’ve never seen one in the wild, where are they native to?
How come plants don’t deserve compassion? Can we prove they don’t feel pain? Animals have the ability to escape or defend themselves. Plants are trapped.
It’s ethical because the ruler of all creation commanded it:
“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
Doesn’t get much more ethical than that.
Me. I always wanted a cow pet. They are so big and sad looking, yet it only seems to require that tiny wire fence to keep them in the pasture.
I'm still going to eat them though, including my own cow pet - if I had one and was hungry enough.
LOL, that’s right!
Actually that means nothing. Plenty of animals have canine teeth and are not meat eaters. I’m on your side, but teeth appearances mean nothing.
Being a vegetarian should mean being open minded and saying yes to things. Especially meat.
A better question to ask the zealots is, “Is it ethical to eat?” If they really *cared* about the planet, they would stop eating and lower their carbon footprint to zero.
God’s even a fan of veal by way of Christ’s parable of the Prodigal Son and the father ordering the fatted calf to be slaughtered in celebration of his son’s return.
“Ethics has nothing to do with eating food.”
Millions of years of evolution have turned us into omnivores. Vegetarians (philosophical ones, not ones doing it for health reasons of course) should look it up.
Well moron, because God told us it was.
That's why he made us omnivores and placed us at the top of the food chain. Take a look at your teeth, unless you have molars all the way around, you have a couple of fangs called canines. Those are meant to be used for ripping and tearing...raw meat.
That's why God gave them to you.
Why is it ethical to eat plants? Who are we to get to decide which species are higher than other? Plants breath, grow, and reproduce too, even though in different way from animals.
If God didn’t intend for us to eat animals he wouldn’t have made them out of meat.
PETA says meat is murder. If so I make Stalin look like a beginner...
Cows turn grass into protein. Deer convert trees and shrubs into protein. Chickens convert insects and grain into tasty meat. It would be unethical not to use these sources of protein.
Actually, plants emit carbon over night, so it's worse than you thought. The poor things work so hard to produce oxygen for 8-12 hours a day, and these heartless vegans kill them with wonderlust!