Vegetarianism- Research Paper

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Argumentative Research Paper Vegetarianism is the principle or practice of excluding all meat and fish, and sometimes, in the case of vegans, all animal products (such as eggs, cheese, etc) from one's diet (dictionary.com). Albert Einstein said, " I think the changes and purifying effects that a vegetarian diet have on a human being's disposition are quite beneficial to mankind. Therefore, it is both auspicious and peaceful for people to choose vegetarianism." Over the past few years, eating meat has been a majority choice, but people are unaware of how harmful meat actually is to the body. Although this is true, vegetarianism is a better alternative and should become universal for the good of animals, the environment, and also the …show more content…
Because animals are used for meat, they must endure a great amount of suffering. The fact that more than 100,00 cows are slaughtered everyday in the United States. Most animals in Western countries are raised on "factory farms," which are designed to produce the maximum number of animals for slaughter at minimum expense. They are crammed into filthy windowless confinement systems and will never raise their families, rummage in the soil, or do anything that is natural to them(Bekoff). This is just not acceptable. To begin with, animals are sentient beings. They experience contagious joy and grief, they get hurt and suffer, and they take care of one another. They also have a point of view on what happens to them, their families, and their friends. The only difference is they cannot express the pain they feel like humans can. When human beings carelessly slaughter these innocent animals for their selfish interests, they cannot do anything but cry in pain. Animals in the process of slaughter die "piece by piece" (Bekoff). Another cruel practice farmers carry out is the deprivation of food from birds for fourteen days in order to shock their bodies into laying more eggs for human consumption. And, because male chicks are useless in the meat industry, each year a hundred million of them are ground up alive or tossed into bags to

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