The vegetarians and non-vegetarians have been fighting with each other since ages. Both of them support their own choices with logical arguments. Sometimes they tend to go too far. Actually, it’s a matter of one’s choice and one has to choose be on one side or the other. Some smart people have found out the middle way by being ‘Eggetarians’. Let’s highlight some of the arguments from both the sides.
Debate on Vegetarianism vs Non-Vegetarianism
Vegetarians vehemently oppose slaughtering animals to please the palate. They say animals also have their own existence and emotions. They bring in the morality to support their choice of food.
In addition to above mentioned empathy, the vegetarians argue that there are many zoonotic diseases i.e. diseases transmitted to human beings through animals. Non-vegetarians have a higher chance of getting such diseases. Example of such a disease is mad cow disease.
The non-vegetarian diet is difficult to digest and leads to stomach troubles. Gases, Acidity are quite common among the non vegetarians. Moreover, eating red meat i.e. mutton, beef, etc can cause gastric cancers. Also, many animals are infested by a variety of infestations. E.g. Tapeworm, liver fluke, etc. They can be transmitted to man.
Some people argue that one can attain spiritual well being only through a simple vegetarian diet. Eating meat makes one aggressive and restless according to them.
Peter Singer’s argument:-
Peter Singer is a renowned philosopher belonging to the Utililitarianism School of though I Philosophy. He says more resources are require to produce 1 kg of meat than to produce 1 kg of grains. Also, the pain borne by the animal by being killed is more than the joy derived by the one who eats meat. So, he argues in a very pragmatic and convincing manner. He calls vegetarianism as the only ethical diet.
Vegetarian proteins have low bio availability. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. Meat is protein rich. Daily dietary requirement of proteins can be fulfilled only if one eats non-vegetarian food once in a while.
Some of the vitamins like B 12 are not available in plenty in vegetarian diets. Pure vegetarians may end up having diseases like B 12 deficiency anemia and some neurological manifestations like tingling numbness etc.
Cultural and ecological background:-
Not all geographical terrains have fertile land. How can an Eskimo residing in Cold desert of Siberia be vegetarian? Diets have evolved according to cultural and environmental needs. This sound a very strong argument.