A wise man once said

“Put an apple and a bunny rabbit in a crib with a toddler. I’ll eat my hat if the toddler plays with the apple and eats the rabbit”.

People argue that eating meat is natural but I think we have confused something being normal with something being natural. To make this point a bit clearer, let’s do a comparison. First off, do we all agree that it’s natural for a lion to eat meat? Yes… OK, let’s proceed: Human vs. lion. 

How do they find meat?

Lion: The lion stalks their prey. Then at the optimum time, with all of their speed and strength, they attack. The cause of death will most likely be suffocation, as the lion clasps their jaws around the neck of their prey, crushing the windpipe. 

Human: The human stalks their prey at the supermarket where they browse through the plastic packets of butchered meat, before selecting the one that looks the tastiest and within budget.

If eating meat was natural, try catching a rabbit with only your mouth whilst running around on all four limbs (I’ve made it easier by choosing a rabbit instead of a gazelle).

How do they eat meat?

Lion: Using their razor-sharp claws they slash open the abdomen in order to feed on the entrails. After the entrails they will normally feast on the hind of the animal. Their huge canines are used for tearing apart the meat. 

Human: Using their razor sharp knives they open the plastic wrapping and transfer the meat into their cooking device of choice. They season with plants and once ready, eat the meat with the aid of knives and forks. 

If eating meat was natural, try eating the rabbit (you just caught) using only your teeth and razor sharp claws.

What do they eat?

Lion: Everything possible. They’ll rip away the fur and feast on whatever they can. 

Human: Everything possible… *Joke*. Not much to be fair. Many species of human are very picky about which animal and body part they will consume. The unwanted parts of the animal will be used in hotdogs, pet food etc. 

If eating meat was natural, try consuming the whole rabbit. The entrails, the eyes, the feet, the testicles…  

We castrate and tail-dock piglets that are only a few days old.
We keep innocent animals behind metal bars.

We burn off the beaks of chicks.
We artificially inseminate cows.

There is nothing natural about eating meat. 

However, it is natural to care for innocent animals, as we do for cats and dogs. 

If you would like help in learning about veganism or reducing the animal products in your diet, then please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or contact me via the link here. I’m not a judger, I’m a hand-holder 💚

This post was inspired by the mega and ever so edgy article The Human by Dig Out Your Soul.