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?
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Animals were created in order to provide food for humanity.
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. 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).
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.
[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.