It is easy to make jokes: “If God meant us to be vegetarian, He wouldn’t have made bacon taste so good!” Or “Hi! I’m a vegan.” “Live long and prosper!” But the issue is more complex.
All species have evolved to either be carnivorous, herbivorous or omnivorous. We got stuck with the latter.
And it is a fact that most other species did as well – and there is not much we can do to change that. Even if we took every animal in the World and put them into some sort of gigantic zoo – in order to control their food intake – we would still be stuck with the fact that many would DIE on a veggy diet.
Then what about the creatures of the sea? They all eat each other too.
Plus, there are gazillions of microscopic “animals” that do likewise.
An impossibility then. But veggies would say, “Yes – but as animals, they have no choice. They know no better. However, we as thinking creatures DO – and I choose not to eat anything that had a FACE.”
And what it boils down to IS personal choice. We anthropomorphize animals and thus, balk at EATING them. Then again, even that is often a matter of DEGREE. Like some will not ingest products even CONNECTED to animals (milk, fat, etc.)
While others will eat fish, since they feel the creatures are not sentient.
And some figure chickens are not the sharpest tools in the box and are happy to consume THEM.
But of course, red meat is the line NO veggy will cross.
Then again, even those who do, have their limits. The French eat horse. Koreans eat dog. The Japanese eat dolphins. And some Chinese even eat domestic cats (you do NOT want to know the details – even most Chinese balk at THAT).
So ultimately, it comes down to our SENSIBILITIES. As sentient beings, we instinctively hate cruelty. And eating flesh DOES feel like murder. But it tastes so GOOD. While nut cutlets and soy protein taste like CRAP. So what is the answer?
Well – the animals will carry on regardless. We can do nothing about that. And the only way THIS observer will give up his steak and chips, toasted bacon sandwiches and venison-burgers – is if someone comes up with a workable alternative.
But maybe they WILL. We have now unlocked various genomes. We are dabbling with cloning and genetics. So how long will it be before science finds a way to GROW meat? Meat that tastes like meat, because it IS meat – culled from a few cells (they could just be hairs) of every animal on the planet.
THAT would be SOMETHING.