I fully understand that eating meat is bad for the environment. I know it’s not the best thing for my health. I know I could be making better choices. However, living a meat-free life is harder than one would imagine. Meat is a great source of protein, and as a person with an iron deficiency meat is often the best way to get the nutrients I need. Going meat-free is a lifestyle I would definitely be interested in, but it is a difficult path, or at least that’s the way I perceive it as a person who eats meat. I am also definitely biased as a meat eating person, but there are ways to raise animals for food products that does not involve their pain and suffering, and this article ignored all farming techniques where that is the case- they say all animals suffer.
In addition, this article uses the word “murder” quite often. I am not sure how I feel about animals as sentient beings and if we are morally obligated to not kill them. For example, the article compared killing and eating other humans to killing animals. I am not sure I’d draw that same connection. I agree with the ideas of the article: we should eat less meat because it is better for us and it is better for the environment and it is better for the animals. I just don’t think calling people who eat meat murderers is the best way to get them to stop eating meat. I think a better way to go about it is to perhaps politicize the matter more by placing taxes, or something similar, on meat consumption. It has been done before on soda, something similar could probably be done for meat. Another method could be treating meat similar to cigarettes- run media campaigns that warn against the dangers of eating meat (bad for the environment, increased likelihood of obesity, etc.) to convince people that eating meat should be lessened. Berating people for doing it is only going to make them more resistant to stop eating meat. People generally don’t like being told what to do, especially if it’s to stop doing something they enjoy.
Overall, I think the article has a good thought behind it, I just don’t think presenting ideas on meat eating in this way is the most efficient way to achieve a goal of our country eating less animal products- whatever the underlying motivation may be.