Vegetarians and vegans are often stereotyped as being extreme, self-righteous, and preachy. This couldn’t be further from the truth. An ethical vegetarian is a person who has chosen to follow a plant-based diet for reasons that go beyond personal health or animal welfare: they may care about the environment; they might want to save money, or they might think it’s more sustainable in terms of food production.
What is an ethical vegetarian?
An ethical vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat because they believe that it is wrong to kill animals for food.
Why do ethical vegetarians not eat meat?
Ethical vegetarians feel that to be a moral and good person it is wrong to kill or harm animals for food, clothing, or entertainment. The argument that ethical vegetarians make is that “meat production causes systemic animal suffering which cannot be sufficiently reduced by any measure of welfare regulation” , such as free-range farms because it always results in slaughter. They also stress the fact that if everyone was an ethical vegetarian the world could feed almost 3 times as many people than what we currently can].
Not eating meat:
Helps the global food crisis by making efficient use of our diminishing resources and preserves life on the planet.
Prevents cruelty to animals that are raised for their meat or killed in slaughterhouses.
Is healthy and good for the environment because it reduces world hunger, greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, and deforestation.
What do ethical vegetarians eat instead of meat?
There are many alternatives to eating animal products, such as tofu, seitan (wheat protein), vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. There is no one set way that an ethical vegetarian should eat but they should ensure that their diet is balanced with all the nutrients that each food group has to offer.
How many people are vegetarian?
It is difficult to know exactly how many people are vegetarian because a lot of people who do not eat meat will describe themselves as ‘flexitarian’. The number of vegetarians in the UK alone is estimated to be about 2.8 million, but this figure excludes those who have adopted a vegetarian diet for health reasons.
What are some disadvantages of being an ethical vegetarian?
Unfortunately, there are many challenges that ethical vegetarians face; one of them is trying to eat out at restaurants when they go with their friends or family because it is difficult to find vegetarian options that aren’t cheese or aubergine-based. Another difficulty that ethical vegetarians face is living close to people who abuse animals, especially children, which can make it hard for them to avoid places that use animals for entertainment and nourishment.
How do ethical vegetarians acquire their food?
Ethical vegetarians can buy their food from any source; supermarkets, farmers’ markets, organic shops or grow it themselves. This is because ethical vegetarians never eat meat so they don’t need to worry about where the meat comes from as all of their products are plant-based.
Are there any health benefits to being an ethical vegetarian?
There are many positive aspects to becoming an ethical vegetarian such as a lower risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; it helps people lose weight by reducing their calorie intake and increasing energy levels due to all the vitamins and nutrients.
Why do ethical vegetarians use the word ‘vegan’?
In addition to being an ethical vegetarian, people who live a vegan lifestyle avoid using any animal products for food, clothing, or entertainment. Vegans often protest against animal cruelty and go out of their way to ensure that they do not wear or use anything that has come from an animal. However, some brands offer vegan-friendly products so it is possible to be both vegan and vegetarian which makes it easier when you eat out.
The ethical vegetarian diet is a lifestyle choice that requires the conscious effort to make healthy food choices and avoid meat, fish, poultry, or any other animal products. Becoming an ethical vegan means being opposed to all forms of exploitation, which includes consuming animals for their milk, eggs, and wool. The most important thing about becoming a vegetarian is not what you eat but how much you care about yourself and the environment!