Human Rights vs. Animal Rights: Why I’m Ethically Okay With Eating Meat

 

I’m hesitant to post this because I know it may be a bit controversial and many of you will not agree with me. So, before I start, let’s make a respect compact. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and express your own opinion, just please do it in a respectful manner. I will try to do the same. Sound good?

My opinion on the subject of consuming animals products is one that is rarely expressed so I though I would share it with you all. It seems like some (not all though of course) people who don’t consume animal products assume that omnivores consume animal products because:

A) They are unaware of how horribly animals are treated in factories

B) They choose to ignore the unethical treatment of animals in factories

C) They think that meat is a vital part of the human diet

D) They are horrible evil meanies

Well, I actually don’t fit any of the above criteria. I am pretty aware of the unethical treatment of animals in factory production and it is not something I ignore. Also, I do not believe that animal product consumption is necessary for a human to have a healthy diet. And I like to think that I don’t fit D.

So, why do I eat meat and not feel guilty doing so? Well, it all steams from my belief that humans are superior to animals. Soul, will, intellect, ability to truly love, inherent dignity; these are things humans possess that animals do not. Hence, it breaks my heart that when someone is found guilty of abusing an animal it makes national news, yet millions of children are abused daily and no one seems to give much thought to it. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do not think it is okay to abuse animals. However, what upsets me is that our society gets so caught up in animal rights and ethical treatment of animals that we seemingly let ethical treatment of people fall to the wayside and don’t bother worrying about human rights.

  • an average of 5 children die daily due to abuse and neglect
  • over 1 million babies are killed in the U.S. each year through abortion
  • an estimated 18,000 children starve to death daily

I am not telling you the above statistics to upset you or make you sad. I’m telling you because I find them heartbreaking. How come these types of statistics never make the news? Sometimes it feels to me like our society has forgotten about the human person because it’s not “cool” to help people, but helping animals, now that is trendy. Of course, I know that I am over generalizing and making assumptions, plenty of people who help animals work even harder to help people.

I think it is important that we preserve a culture of life in the 21st century, when a culture of death is upon us.

The promotion of the culture of life should be the highest priority in our societies…If the right to life is not defended decisively as a condition for all other rights of the person, all other references to human rights remain deceitful and illusory.” Pope John Paul II

I am completely 100% for preserving a culture of life, but I firmly believe in first and foremost focusing on the preservation of human life. I choose to focus my full efforts on humans, on ending malnutrition, ending the killing of babies because they are unwanted, and ending the killing of the elderly because they are no longer productive members of society. 

  

 I’m not sure if that totally answers the why I eat meat question, but to put it simply, I eat meat because I value humans, human life, and human rights much more than I do that of animals.

 Please do not take this post the wrong way. I think that many vegan and vegetarians are some of the kindest, sweetest, most full-hearted people ever. I admire their dedication and convictions, regardless of the reason for going veg. I just wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on the subject with all you and get my point of view out there.

 I welcome disagreement and confrontation in the comment section, however please be respectful. If you have any questions/concerns (about this post or anything) please feel free to email me at theflourishingfoodie@yahoo.com.

What is your opinion on animal consumption? Am I overreacting about the whole “forgetting human rights thing?”

Enjoy your week and check back soon for a lighter and more upbeat post.

Blessings,

Ann Claire