For this argument, I will be arguing against a meat-eating diet solely for the benefit of animals and to protect their rights and ensure they are able to live a life of no violence.
“I don’t want to think about it; it tastes good” is an argument that I always hear when I try to convince someone of becoming a vegetarian because of the violence inflicted upon animals (Weise). Most people living a meat-eating lifestyle attempt to conceal the reality of where their food comes from because of the pleasure they receive from the taste. This is evident in the sense that humans are elite in creating a difference between what they do, and what morally makes sense (DeGrazia). The reality of where our food comes from is what most producers try to shield from consumers, and what most consumers try to ignore. But violence is a concept that should not be ignored. From birth, animals raised in factory farms are exposed to violence. Even animals that are raised on private farms are eventually exposed to violence. If they are going to be eaten, they will face violence. From birth, being kept in captivity in an enclosed environment and barely given room to walk, these animals begin their journey of life. A short lived journey of life. One that will consist of forced-feeding, and being thrown around (Weise). One that will end in being hung upside down and slit through the neck, left to hang gushing blood (Rozin). But soon enough that animal will be on a man’s plate for consumption. Essentially, to produce any meat product, an act of violence must take place. Not just on factory farms, but also on private farms. In either sense, to consume meat, violence is inflicted upon animals.
So, how can populations around the world see the immorality that goes behind meat production and ultimately begin to live a meat-free diet. The most evident response in any situation as such, is to educate the public. According to ‘The Vegetarian Times,’ over the last 9 years, 7.3 million Americans have become vegetarian and another 22.8 million are trying to live a heavily vegetarian diet (Paul). Of these numbers, about 54% have chosen this life-style because of animal wellness. But where the statistics really start to impact is that 42% of these vegetarians are between the ages of 18-34, and only 17.4% are above the age of 55 (Vegetarian Times). This goes to show that the younger generation is more aware of the animal cruelty going on in the meat industry hence showing ability for education and information to have an impact on the way humans make decisions regarding meat eating (Markwith).