No...It is not Because "Animals Have Souls"......

The Ever-so-fun Argument

"Why don't you ( you--referring of course to the scary person that doesn't eat meat, must be like, Buddhist or Gandhi or something..) eat animals? Why? Is it because you think animals have souls? Animals are too cuddly for you? Hah! I got you on that one!"

Oh, for funny. Nope, sorry, I have a hard time believing that people have "souls," much less animals. And no, I don't want to go hug a cow or chicken.

Rather...I like to use something called reason, which can be defined as the following:

----1 kg of grain-fed beef needs at least 15 cubic meters of water,
.....but 1 kilo of cereals needs only up to 3 cubic meters of water (and even less for certain vegetables)

----Health related issues-call it preventative need for an explanation, just look at the rapidly expanding waistline of Asia, trying to catch up to our American and wealthier European "luxury" diet...

----Ethical issues- No, Gandhi did not just abstain from meat for the "animal have souls" reason, rather he was highly influenced by Henry S. Salt, an Englishman who wrote about ethics.

But the Ethical argument is usually a lost cause, because the person that usually thinks that all vegetarians are
**PETA supporters /KFC protesters /crazy hippies that don't shower**
That person also usually supports the death penalty, loves to hunt animals (yes, I understand the whole hunting thing--of course you middle class, mid-western American wouldn't be able to survive the winter without that venison summer sausage in this day and age), and loves to wear that nauseatingly bright neon orange hunting hat around--so the Ethical argument is lost. It never even stood a chance against that thirty-ought-six.

And no, not all vegetarians throw up at the smell of meat (some involuntary throw up with dairy, but that is an entire different matter) fact, my mouth waters at the smell of roast beef, a whiff of sizzling bacon, I think meat substitutes like the scary "Tofurky" taste nasty, and I am jealous of all the hungry Americans gouging themselves out with the traditional meal of turkey, gravy, and giblet stuffing...why can't I join in with the "pass the gravy, please, oh, yes, some of that dark meat would be wonderful, yum, yum, giblets"...sounds like a lot more fun than morosely picking at the salad, probably the only vegan dish around that all-american turkey fare. That is, of course, hoping that Americans still eat salad...without the bacon bits and heavy ranch dressing......hmmm...not much hope for that, I guess the lonely vegan will have to cook and eat their dinner themselves...while the self-righteous "environmentally-conscience" individuals ironically discuss their new showerhead-water-savers and fancy new energy-efficient lightbulbs while chomping on that turkey leg...

And come on, why would you want to eat something that likes our current President, especially in this way?