Argument Two: Ancestral Dietary Needs

The title alone is quite humorous. I would like first to address the ancestral argument, for the point becomes ridiculous with a simple thought exercise. Regularly, I’ve heard people say “Humans have been eating meat for hundreds of thousands of years. My ancestors did, so I should as well.” There are two things about this foolish statement. Firstly, we are centring the meat industry and the enormous negative effects it has on modern life. Never before in human history has humanity slaughtered billions of animals per year by simultaneously raping the environment, consequently – influencing climate change so greatly that we are now facing a serious global warming threat, and causing the extinction of an abundant amount of species. Our ancestor’s never participated in such monstrous acts – they merely hunted for survival necessities in a harsh world. They never had food stores filled with nutritious non-animal products there to be purchased and consumed for the human body to survive. Nor a library as great as the internet filled with information to be mindfully absorbed. Instead, they were pushed to the limits in a kill or be killed environment. In the modern luxurious Western world specifically, the average person is clearly not in such predicaments that our ancestors once faced. As well as this, does the vegan/vegetarian and meat consumer not share the same ancestors? Of course they do. So why is one therefore affected by choices of past relatives and the other is not? Obviously, it is either a state of mind or willingness to evolve.

Therefore, we have now stumbled upon contradiction which is my second point. Because if someone who consumes meat is attempting to use the history of humanity as a form of justification and necessity, then we can find that same reason and need in other past primitive human actions with this kind of logic. Activities and interests that are now (thanks to ethical advancement) morally found to be unhealthy and wrong. Rape, murder, violence, cannibalism, primordial instinctual natures that we’ve now evolved out of (most of us) and linguistically identified to cognitively become conscious of them; an elevation in consciousness. To realise that forcing sex upon (usually a woman) without their consent or murdering a fellow human – is unnecessary, unhealthy, negative and destructive. Henceforth, if you seek logic to answer why we should continue allowing the meat industry to do what it does, by looking back in time and finding a reason in past characteristics – you are either oblivious to what that implies or define yourself as a primitive – yet to evolve being. And the latter cannot be correct. For people who are able to fathom and produce such a debate by speaking with the language, meaning and awareness to formulate the argument of ancient relations are not similar to our primitive ancestors. The average Western cultured human is an intellectually gifted, artistically sound, organism living in a cyberspace realm with the forefront of horticulture readily available to learn via a vast accessible library known as the internet. Not a primordial being residing in the wilderness against harsh conditions with only the instinctual nature and knowledge of how to hunt and kill an animal.

Before I continue to the next commonly argued pro-meat point, I must reiterate that we are discussing the meat industry predominantly. Not the ethics of the specifics of meat consumption, for that is too flimsy to have a straightforward, logical understanding of what is morally correct, and what is not. For example, I, myself – no longer consume meat. I don’t have to, and I do not have it within myself to murder an animal for its flesh when instead I can acquire my nutritional needs from vegetable related food with ease. However, that is not to say my perspective and decisions on my dietary intake would not change if I were to be stuck in the wilderness on an empty stomach without any idea of how to find vegetables to eat. Therefore, my appetite for meat would grow ever increasing, and my judgement to kill for meat would change. Henceforth, the specific act of consuming meat is not what I wish to focus on, it’s too confusing and contradictory to come to a sound answer, but in regards to the participation of purchasing meat from inhumane industries – we can come to a sane, appropriate and lasting situational conclusion.

Moreover, the next argument is dietary needs, usually led holding a banner with the word protein. And the person holding that banner is always blindfolded. Inform yourself – all of the nutritional goods your body needs to function, grow, and be healthy, can be found in just the basic plants. By basic, I mean the most commonly available vegetables like broccoli. So to argue that your body will deteriorate – resulting in becoming sick, weak and unable to do the most simple of human physical tasks because you aren’t eating meat is nonsense. Without even the need for pharmaceutical supplements (not to deter their use,) anyone can be a bodybuilding vegan. One of the world’s strongest men is a vegan! As well as this argument being nonsense, there are now interesting (with some form of validity) theories proving that meat is terribly unhealthy for the modern human body. I will not, however – venture into these theories, for we are on a quest with a logical approach in search of factual information about why there is absolutely no loving, compassionate and legitimate reasoning to continue eating meat as an average human living in first world countries. And the theories are currently just that.

Regardless, they are not needed, for the ignorant point that we must consume meat for our bodies to function is evidently, factually flawed. The plant kingdom is our mother for all of our needs, and consequently, another counter-veganism/vegetarianism argument spawns; and that is plants are alive too.

“Vegetarian and vegan diets are nutritionally adequate if carefully planned. Vegetarianism can reduce the risk of heart disease by 32%. Vegetarians had a 12% reduced mortality rate compared to non-vegetarians in the Adventist Health Study. Vegetarians have lower body mass index (BMI) on average than the general population. Soluble fibre can help keep cholesterol under control and a balanced vegetarian diet has up to twice as much fibre as the national average. Cancer is the number one cause of death in the world and diet is estimated to cause approximately 30% of all cancers in developed countries. Statistical evidence has shown a clear association between vegetarianism and a lower risk of some cancers. Consumption of red and processed meat has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.”
(, 2015)


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