Name: Jonathan Chin Chee Kong
Human beings, animals, and plants are all God’s creations. There’s a reason and purpose for every created being to fulfill. As humans, we require food to provide us with sufficient energy and to keep us healthy. However, some argue that we should not kill animals for food. They say that we humans have no right to be the head of the food chain. Instead, they say that we should only eat vegetables and fruits. On the other hand, it is undeniable that in order for humans to have a complete and balanced nutrition, one would require meat in their daily diet as it provides the required proteins for the body.
Most vegetarians argue that they can get all the required proteins from beans alone. Beans have been known as the protein-rich superfood and are so common and can be found in almost every single country in the world. Although that may be true, one cannot deny that the B12 vitamin can only be found rich in animals. The B12 vitamin is important for the formation and maintenance of healthy red blood cells and nerve cells. Some plant foods that do have the B12 vitamin only contain incredibly tiny amounts of them that are definitely not enough for the body. Hence, it is of much importance for us to eat meat to remain healthy and have a balanced nutrition.
Aside from nutritional terms, many customs and religions in the world such as Buddhism and Hinduism agree that respective followers should not eat meat. Rather, vegetables and fruits would suffice in providing energy and nourishment. The reason to the abstinence is that they believe all animals have life. That once you kill an animal, you would have taken away the life source of the innocent animal and injustice would have taken place. However, the question ensues – Does that mean plants do not have life? Why the double standard? Plants respire, breathe and move at their own will. That choice is made by a...