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Should you go vegan? Show more Show less

Consuming meat is a big part of some diets around the world, particularly in western food traditions. However, with production being land and resource intensive, and with a number of environmental and health impacts to consider we must ask, should we be going vegan?

Eating animal products is ethical Show more Show less

Animals were created in order to provide food for humanity.
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Meat has a place in Culture and Tradition

Meat dishes are often integral to cultures and traditions
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Context

The Argument

Meat is an integral part of many cultural/religious festivals, holidays and other rituals. Not eating meat is more than just a sacrifice of the palate.[1] It is important to people for reasons of tradition and cultural integrity. Most religions, including Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, have specific (often meat-based) foods that hold specific symbolic or spiritual value (as well as restrictions on some meats or how the meat is cooked/prepared).[2]

Counter arguments

Cultures and religions continually evolve over time. Now that we know about the negative repercussions of eating meat we should reform our traditions for the better.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The practice of eating animal products is important for many religious or cultural groups. [P2] This needs to be respected and left alone.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] We do not have to leave these customs alone. They are capable of changing with the times.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E79GsMxA1bc
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_foods_with_religious_symbolism

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