Put a bunny, and an apple in a crib with a small child and the child will play with the bunny and eat the apple.
Do humans salivate when you see a strawberry or a pig? A herbivores mouth does not begin to water when they see a live pig or witness an animal being slaughtered and chopped into pieces. More than likely you would feel disgusted. Genuine carnivores would not.
Real meat eaters share some physical attributes that make them well-suited for killing and tearing apart their prey. They have:
· A wide mouth opening, relative to their head size.
· Simple jaw joints that operate as a stable hinge for effective slicing.
· Dagger-like teeth, spaced apart to avoid trapping stringy debris.
· Sharp claws.
· Huge stomachs that enable gorging, a vital capacity in animals who tend to average only about one kill per week.
· A very low gastric pH, meaning their stomachs are very acidic, enabling the breakdown of protein and the killing of dangerous bacteria that typically colonize in decaying flesh.
Herbivorous generally lack claws, have fleshy lips, a small mouth opening, a thick muscular tongue, and a jaw joint that enables them to chew, crush, and grind their food.
They are well-adapted for eating plants in a way that provide nutrients when their cell walls are broken. The process requires crushing food with a side-to-side motion rather than simply swallowing in large chunks like meat eaters.
In virtually every respect, the human anatomy resembles that of herbivorous animals. Human stomachs are ill-equipped to kill the pathogens that populate raw flesh. Hence humans who consume raw meat can suffer food poisoning. Real carnivores can ‘safely’ eat raw meat.
Chemicals are added to meats to make them safer to eat. That in itself should tell you something. These chemicals can react with chemicals in your stomach to cause cancer.
“Yes, but humans have canine teeth, and only meat eaters have canine teeth, right?”
Except for rodents, rabbits, and pikas, nearly all mammals have canine teeth.
Some herbivores and primary plant-eaters have ferocious canine teeth.
The largest canine teeth of any land mammal belong to a true herbivore: the hippopotamus. Their sword-like canines, which can reach a terrifying sixteen inches in length, are used for combat and play no role in feeding. A hippo’s diet consists mainly of grass.
Gorillas are almost exclusively herbivorous. Mountain gorillas prefer a diet of vegetation and a small amount of fruit. Lowland gorillas occasionally eat tiny ants or termites. Their large canines have zilch to do with consuming flesh.
The Saber-toothed deer, officially known as the Musk deer, is a tiny deer with giant fangs. They are herbivores who live in the forested mountains of Southern Asia. The males’ elongated canine teeth form saber-like tusks which they use in territorial disputes, or when competing for mates. These vicious canines are used to eat a diet consisting of leaves, flowers, grasses, mosses and lichens.
Geladas are the only primates primarily eat vegetation. In rare cases, they will eat insects. Their sharp, two-inch canines are used to attack rivals or potential predators.
Camels are herbivores that feed on desert vegetation. Sharp canine teeth in both the upper and lower jaws enable them to crush and eat woody plants.
Humans have sharp teeth to bite into hard fruits and vegetables.
“Yes, but science agrees that humans are meat eaters.”
Leading health organizations worldwide recognize that a vegan diet is a viable option for everyone and acknowledge it has significant health benefits, including reducing incidences of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, and some types of cancer.
The American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the U.S.’s oldest, largest and foremost authority on diet and nutrition, also recognizes that humans have no inherent biological requirement for animal products:
“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, examined 800 studies and classified processed meat as a carcinogen and red meat as a probable carcinogen. A carcinogen is a substance capable of causing cancer. They listed processed meat in Group 1, the same category as smoking and asbestos.
Processed meats refer to meat that has been treated to preserve or flavor it. Processes include salting, curing, fermenting, and smoking. Process meats include hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausages, and some deli meats.
“Humans are hunters by nature.”
Humans have short, soft fingernails and pathetically small “canine” teeth and are not suitable in any way to hunt, hence they use tools. Try catching a rabbit with your bare hands. Human hunting is artificial and a misuse of intelligence.
Real carnivores are excited by the scent of blood and the thrill of the chase.
Compassionate people are repulsed at the sight of blood, intestines, and raw flesh. A compassionate person cannot tolerate hearing the screams of animals being ripped apart and killed.
Humans can be desensitized to animal suffering.
Any person who hunted and killed an animal with their bare hands and ate the raw flesh would be considered insane.
“The ancients ate meat. Humans have always eaten meat.”
Just because people ate meat in the past does not mean we must. It would be similar to saying, “People kept slaves in the past, so it’s acceptable for us to keep slaves.”
Recent discoveries are showing that out distant ancestors were not as carnivorous as once thought. Hunting was difficult, especially without the modern tools and equipment we have. A non-meat diet took less time, effort and was a more reliable source of food.
Some ancient cultures were purely vegetarian or vegan. Today, the Brokpa tribe of Ladakh has thrived eating a vegan diet for more than 5,000 years – all while living in harsh Himalayan terrain.
Tradition is never an acceptable justification for cruel practices.
“Animals eat animals. It’s part of nature.”
There are more herbivores on earth than carnivores.
Usually, when humans kill other animals for food, they’re not doing what animals do in nature. Certain animals must kill to survive; they have no choice. Humans have no biological need to consume meat or any animal products.
A lion taking down a water buffalo, or a human in some remote or impoverished location with no alternative, both are acts of survival and do not equate to, nor justify the unnecessary exploitation and killing of animals for profit and pleasure.
What’s natural for one species might not be natural for another. Just because some animals smell each other’s rear ends does not mean we must do the same. Just because some animals eat meat, does not mean we must.
“Prey have eyes on the sides of their head so they can spot predators, and predators have eyes in front so they can see how far away the prey is.”
[Picture of Gorilla asking the question, “Who me? I only eat greens like my mama told me to!”]
“Eating meat tastes nice!”
Do humans who consume meat enjoy the taste of meat or the added flavor?
Few, if any people, eat raw meat. Meat has to be cooked and seasoned with flavors before most people would enjoy eating it. Even rare steak is lightly cooked, has flavoring added and is usually eaten with other dishes.
Eating raw meat is dangerous. It is not dangerous to eat raw fruits and vegetables.
If meat tastes so great why not eat it raw instead of cooking it and adding flavouring?
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