Originally Posted by Conviction
Interesting question but I have to disagree with what you've written above. There are many people, even
in the UNITED STATES
who cannot afford good quality meat to feed their families with. Vegetables/dairy/fruit are also not available in ridiculously abundant amounts that are affordable for most people. Fast food is cheaper than fresh fruits and vegetables and even then many at local food markets are filled with GMOs. Real food is becoming more and more rare.
Even then, I respect the decision of people who chose to be vegetarians but I think that meat is something that most humans need to replenish. But again, even the meat industry is troublesome because of the awful techniques and the horrible things that animals are fed to bulk them up.
I don't think it disrespects or devalues life to eat an animal to survive or to use its fur for warmth. Especially for those in the Inuit tribes in Canada, Greenland, Alaska who need it to stay warm and alive.
I think what is disrespectful and devaluing to life is the way the food industry has been hijacked and people are forced toward unhealthy food choices that often times shorten life spans and cause health problems due to healthier food being more costly.
And that's just in developed countries. Imagine what it's like for people in less developed parts of the world who don't even have access to fruits and vegetables let alone meat. No, what is disrespectful and devaluing to life is how they don't have access to food at all and are constantly living in poverty and surrounded by violence.