Meat is Useless Essay

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Meat is Useless





Meat is Useless


Eating meat is part of the daily life of billions of people all over the world. Every day
thousands of animals are killed for the production of meat food for people. However,
studies have shown that meat is not essential for our existence and gives us nothing more
than the other foods on the market. Meat consumption may not harm you or the surrounding
environment immediately but there are consequences and sooner or later they will appear.

A meatless diet is healthier than a diet containing meat. According to surveys and
examinations of the contents of the food products, meat contains more fat than non-meat
foods. Since it is very difficult for our bodies to process high quantities of fat and it
is being accumulated in our bodies, fat consuming causes many health problems. According
to the American Heart Association, the fat in the food we eat should be no more than 30
percent of the total calories we consume daily. However, this is very difficult to achieve
when meat is part of our daily meal plan. The only way to stay healthy and continue eating
meat is to put a limit on the amount of meat we consume. Unfortunately, nowadays most
people are often tempted by the taste and appearance of the meat products on the market
and it is very difficult for them to resist. That is why the solution of a balanced diet
can not be practically used. Moreover, it has been recently proven that many diseases are
commonly prevented, consistently improved, and often cured by a low-fat vegetarian diet.
Among them are diseases such as kidney stones, prostate cancer, breast cancer, stomach
cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, strokes,
diabetes, peptic ulcers, obesity, hemmorhoids, salmonellosis, and many others (American
Heart Association).

Cholesterol can be found in every meat product. This is another particular reason proving
that meat is bad. Cholesterol blocks the arteries and makes it very difficult for the
blood stream to circulate. Such a process may result in a heart attack. A diet rich in
vegetables, fruits, and cereal lowers the level of cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of
getting a heart attack as well. Of course, meat is not the only factor that may cause a
heart attack but why don't we try to decrease the chances of getting a heart disease by
just getting rid of meat?

Eating meat is also responsible for the mass destruction of the environment. For growing
animals people waste overwhelming amounts of natural resources which may be used for other
necessities. They may be utilized for growing corn or wheat for feeding people, rather
than for feeding farm animals. "The amount of grain a cow eats in a day could feed 15
starving people" (Spence 1). If this food was used for humans and not for livestock, the
world's massive hunger problems would be at least partly solved. The opposing side of
this idea states that even if these fields can be used for growing food for people, most
of them are under private ownership and the owners would not give their production to feed
the people who are starving. However, meat is much more expensive than grains and corns
are. And if more of them are produced they will become even cheaper than they are now.

Other damages, result of growing animals, exist. When big quantities of water and food are
used for growing livestock, the natural habitat of other animals, plants, and insects is
changed and some of them become extinct. Furthermore, the cutting of woods for the
extension of the mentioned fields causes the decreasing of oxygen and the increasing of
carbon dioxide. Such processes accelerate the global warming and are dangerous for our
future survival.

Eating meat is directly connected to the process of killing animals. Ending the life of
other living creatures on purpose and only to please our taste preferences is egotistic
and has nothing to do with the humanity people are supposed to defend. Most of these
animals are grown only for the purpose of gaining as much weigh as possible. Thus, they
become fat and put more efforts to move than the animals that are not grown under humans'
supervision. Such a life is a torture for the animals that are live creatures as us and it
is their right to have a normal life, not worried by people. In addition, all these
animals we kill in order to satisfy our taste preferences, are closely related to humans.
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