I’m not vegetarian, although I’m increasingly moving in that direction, trying to taper off the flesh and add more plants.
Both my daughters, Cassie and Alexandra, and their respective partners, Crank and Peter, are vegetarian, but all of us have our different reasons, and that’s what this post is about.
For Cassie and Crank, it’s primarily about the environmental impact of meat production: the rainforests cut down for beef grazing land, the methane produced by sheep and cattle, the runoff from piggeries and so on.
For Alexandra and Peter, it’s mostly about animal welfare: they love animals and don’t want to see them mistreated during production and killed for their flesh.
For me, some of those reasons also resonate strongly, but it’s also about health: about managing my weight and cholesterol and blood pressure.
On the one hand, all those are great reasons. On the other, the kinds of people who try to argue with vegetarians often miss the mark by arguing against a ground which is not the primary one for the person they’re arguing with.
Application of this concept to a wide range of other arguments in society is left as an exercise for the reader…