Is supporting the meat industry justified?
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In this debate, I, being con, will argue that we are not justified in supporting the meat industry. I understand if someone is in a third world country and can’t stop eating meat. I am talking about people in 1st world countries who are eating meat because of the pleasure meat gives, and not out of necessity.
I understand if someone is in a third world country and can’t stop eating meat.
1a: FOODespecially : solid food as distinguished from drinkb: the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (such as a husk or shell)2: animal tissue considered especially as food:a: FLESH sense 2balso : flesh of a mammal as opposed to fowl or fishb: FLESH sense 1aspecifically : flesh of domesticated animals5: favorite pursuit or interest
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Yes, you can have a vegetarian and/or vegan diet. Vegetarian and/or vegan diets have been shown to be just as healthy, if not healthier than meat diets, one of the biggest problems being planning your diet. But if you are able to plan smartly, which most people can, then you can have a much healthier diet. Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, two companies that make great veggie burgers that taste, I would say, like 95% like real meat, are two great alternatives for meat. If you are worried that they are too expensive, never fear, as Impossible for instance is planning on mass-producing their products by 2022, which will decrease the price as low, if not lower than actual meat.
- If it is, then lab-grown meat is considered a part of meat industry, and since it imposes little pain(only taking little tissue and then the process is in the lab), then lab-grown meat is considered non-unethical in the meat industry.
- If it is not, then it is justified that the standards of food according to the masses comes from its apperance from the senses, meaning that plant-based alternative meat is also to be considered meat.
- Either way, there are ethical treatments of meat within the meat industry.
Also, you still have not answered my question, what trait do humans have that animals do not have that gives us the right to eat and torture them just because it gives us momentary satisfaction?
People who live in 3rd world countries do not buy from the meat industries themselves, but either raise their animals or buy them from their own village or wherever they may live. The meat industry panders to people in 1st world countries, not 3rd world countries. Please vote con.
Also, your assumption that just because people know that plant-based meat tastes like meat then it is meat is insane. That isn't how it works. Regardless of whether people recognize that plant-based meat, which is supposed to taste like meat, is actually meat does not matter. The difference between plant-based meat and real meat is that plant-based meat is much more environmentally friendly, and still much more ethical.
The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.