Animal Welfare – Meat consumption or Vegetarianism

As with the escalation of time, the relevance of animal welfare is also escalates. Amongst the most conversed of issues, vegetarianism, and the role of meat, is perhaps most controversial. Meat has become somewhat of a tradition for us, the great protectors of this magnificent realm. So is a change in tradition, really a necessity? The law allows the people of Britain, to eat meat at their own will. Government funded schemes such as ‘NHS Choices’ and ‘The Food Standards Agency’ have been provided to stress the significance of a balanced diet, consisting of many foods, including meat.

You being an educated professional will know that the current English economy is in decline. Jobs are being lost daily. We cannot afford for this to happen, and jobs of many vocationally skilled workers such as: Butchers, livestock workers and fishermen, would be lost through a nationwide vegetarianism scheme. In 2007, on average 23% of British household incomes, was spent upon meat. This contributes a hefty amount into our economy. Loss of this money could affect several, more severe sectors, such as: Education, health and defence.

Lord Sugar, nationwide entrepreneur and television personality, worth approximately i?? 730 million quotes “Sausages and other meats are favoured by the nation, they sell in bucket loads. ” This quote proves the point that meat is crucial for the families and households of many around the country. British agriculture was a force to be reckoned with after the industrial revolution; it has taken a downturn in the recent years however. Agriculture is something that our country needs to preserve, and vegetarianism, is stopping us preserving the agriculture, which we once loved and prided ourselves for.

By nature, we humans are omnivores. This term means that we were designed to survive on a diet consisting of both, meat, and plant. A search carried out by the National Geographic has concluded that, we wouldn’t have evolved as we have without the consumption of meat. The great brain power; instinct; and ability which we humans rightfully pride ourselves on, would not be accessible to us without the consumption of meat. If we want to let nature take its course, and carry on evolving, then evidently meat eating is necessary.

For a balanced diet, which we correctly should stress the importance of- the vitamin B12 is required. This vitamin is absent in every single meat alternative, however present in nearly all meats. No artificial source of protein provides the necessary amount then that of roast beef. Why should we turn down a tasty, tantalizing, tempting roast beef dinner, in trade for an artificially formed protein pill? Meat is also high in energy, calcium and fat, which again, are crucial for the diversity crucial to healthy diets.

In the religion of Islam, meat eating is permitted, as long as the meat is halal. Halal meat basically means meat which is legal in the eyes of Allah. An extract from the Quran states: “Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat; blood; the flesh of swine, and that hath which been invoked with the name of other than Allah”. Similarly in the religion of Christianity, meat eating is permitted.

Christians are allowed to eat certain meats, such as: Chicken; Turkey and beef. But meats such as pork are disallowed. Leviticus 11:2-3: “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, tell the Israelites this… These are the land animals you may eat: any animal with split hooves- completely divided and that chews on the cud” (grass). Most religions promote free will, so why should we be intimidated by wrong vegetarian campaigns into taking actions, deep down we don’t want to do? Vegetarianism offers an unhealthy diet, consisting of artificial foods, to keep protein intake in check. To keep ourselves naturally healthy, the meat choice is the only choice. A vegan is an extremist brand of vegetarian, who doesn’t eat fish, eggs or any product of an animal.

Many vegetarians and vegans are very contradictory in their attitude. Having spoken to a vegan, wearing real leather shoes, and makeup tested upon animals, she told me that she had become vegan, because she didn’t like cruelty to animals. However, this vegan and many others must not know that not all methods of animal killing are inhumane, for example: free range meat. Free range animals are allowed the freedom to roam, and live happy lives, much happier lives than the cow which had been brutally killed, for her leather shoes, or the tortured bear, in which her makeup was tested upon.

Lastly, amongst this great country we have many people who believe in the preservation of tradition, should the voice of those be ignored? Vegetarianism, is a philosophical subject, and has no definitive, clear cut answer. However, as long as we as humans aim to remain as the dominant species, meat is needed to help grasp further evolvements needed to keep hold of that title. The meat choice, most definitely is the only choice.