Should We All Become Vegetarians?

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Should all people become vegetarians ?

As we can now observe, vegetarianism has become something fashionable, and the number of people who reject eating meat is constantly increasing. In Britain, for instance, over 5 million people have done it so far. It is obviously connected with the recent animal diseases, but this tendency is likely to spread on the other regions of the world. However, it is not only a fashion or fear of illnesses. I myself became a vegetarian about 2 years ago, and I can see a number of reasons why people should stop eating meat. They are mainly of ethic, economic and health type. Those who think in an ecological way should also be aware of how this meat consumption ruins our environment. I don't have an intention to force anybody to become a vegetarian, but I hope that my argumentation would be strong enough to make some people think about it, at least. In this essay I will try to present this point of view, expressing my personal feelings and showing scientific facts about the problem.

Let me begin with the words by George Bernard Shaw: ‘Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends'. This indicates the ethic aspect of meat consumption. In fact, people often don't realize how animals are treated, but they can see commercial spots in their TV showing smiling pigs, cows or chickens, happy and ready to be eaten. My impression is that there can't be anything more cruel and senseless. It is no secret that animals suffer all their life from the lack of living space, unnatural diet and doping. Finally, they are transported to slaughterhouse, where they are stunned by electricity and then brutally slain with a chopper. Life of such animal is full of pain and fear. It is a sad truth that nobody thinks about it while eating pork-chops. People often consider animals as a still matter, not living creatures.

It also needs to be pointed out that meat production industry is highly unfriendly to the environment. It has been proved that the...
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