Are we not outraged that our pet animals are being consumed as delicacies in many countries? When do we realize that the animals that are not so human-friendly or ‘cute’ should also be accorded the same level of compassion? The same argument can be put forth for people who avoid eating reptiles out of revulsion, but devour other living things.
Be it the moral aspect, health or the intellectual view – an in-depth consideration of any of these aspects would point to a vegetarian life. Taking the moral view, every living thing has a right to exist. Our hunting rabbits and deer for meat make us no less rational than lions and crocodiles, though we use sophisticated methods. Animals are bred in millions all over the world so that their meat can fill our dining tables and skin can adorn our bodies and feet. If vegetables produced in a local garden can satiate our hunger, why not exercise that choice? It is a proven fact that non-vegetarian diet has a negative impact on our health. Right from high blood pressure and constipation to kidney problems, tuberculosis and paralysis, non-vegetarian food could cause all these problems. Take the intellectual view to think about the destruction of rainforests and water pollution caused by meat producers. Meat consumption all over the world could also lead to extinction of some animals. Imagine the future generation not knowing what a deer is!
Lastly, every religion stresses on compassion to fellow humans. Why not extend the same towards other living things? If men are superior as a race, why not be more responsible?