The ethics of vegetarianism, or rather of not eating meat, have multiple parts. The main point is ethical dilemma with the killing and eating of another being. There is also a set of ethics around the life of the animals that are eaten and how they are killed. There are a set of questions raised around how people could eat certain animals when they find eating other animals repulsive. There is also a set of ethics around environemntal damage from meat production.
Vegetarianism is a plan based diet including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian doesn’t eat meat including: red meat poultry, fish, crustacea, and products of animal slaughter. There are different vegetarian diets for example a lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy products but excludes eggs, and a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products.
Some vegetarians, and vegans choose this diet not just for reasons of animal cruelty, to make a statement of their views on how factory farms are treating animals, but because they are concerned about the environment. They aim to eat more unprocessed foods and avoid meats because of the increased carbon footprint at higher ranks in the food chain. Some vegetarians choose this diet or a vegan diet to feel they are doing their part to sustain our earth.
In addition to questions of animal suffering or global sustainability, some vegetarian moral codes adpot a stance against killing as a general concept. The idea here is that no one should profit (nutritionally or economically) from the slaughter of a lving thing. This quasi-religious stance equates purchasing or eating meat to be a statement of support against a system that promotes institutionalized violence and killing.
Some religions also encourage vegetarianism and other dietary restrictions for different reasons. One such religion is Buddhism. Although not all Buddhists are vegetarians, many are because of their belief in karma and the first precept. Hinduism also has traditions around vegetarianism (and other food restrictions). Many Seventh-Day Adventists are also vegetarian because of their belief in “the holistic nature of mankind” and the dedication of preserving holistic health.
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