In the past, those who decide to cut meat out of their diets have been negatively received by the public, terms used to describe these people range from ‘tree hugging’ to ‘hippie’ and everything in-between. However, attitudes towards a meat-free diet, fortunately, seem to be changing. In recent years, those who follow alternative diets such as pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan have become much more popular. In the UK, it is estimated that around half a million people are now eaten vegan which is a significant amount given the same figure a decade ago. Despite this, most people prefer a diet that includes meat. Going meat-free is a realistic and beneficial thing to do, however, which will be proven here.
One reason to cut out meat that might appeal to most people is the treatment of animals in the meat industry. Despite some shining beacons of the industry doing their best to provide organic, healthy animals for consumption, the truth is that animal abuse in the industry is rampant and often goes either unnoticed or unchallenged. One only must look at the sheer number of undercover documentaries detailing the practices of these types of farms to get a true understanding of how a lot of animals are treated before slaughter. Cutting out meat from the diet, if done in great enough numbers, will lead to a reduction in demand for animals raised for consumption and should therefore decrease the number of animals experiencing this kind of abuse.
One reason to cut out meat that might appeal to most people is the treatment of animals in the meat industry.
The benefits of having a vegetarian or vegan diet are numerous. The absence of meat means that there is lower saturated fat intake which directly corroborates with the risk of many health issues such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. This is because of the higher intake of fruit, vegetables, grains, and fibre. In this case, there is a doubly beneficial effect at play here – the person who adopts this diet is at the start of beginning a healthy lifestyle and the animals that would’ve been killed for their meat and goods are allowed to have a longer more nourishing life.
Despite these clear benefits, many people may still choose to eat meat. Part of the problem may be that the advantages of going meat-free are not well known and could be emphasised to the wider public more. However, there is also the issue that some people may be aware of these advantages, and simply not want to change their lifestyle. This is a habit of human nature and is akin to forms of entertainment like when you play free slots online; some people enjoy doing things and cannot be convinced to give that up. Considering this, it may make more sense to adopt a middle ground stance in hope of fully going all the way in the future. This would encourage a reduction in meat intake only, rather than the abolition of it completely.
While meat-free diets are certainly growing in popularity, the key to stopping the mistreatment of animals through the meat industry seems to be, at the moment at least, to promote reduced consumption of meat instead of encouraging meat lovers to quit cold turkey.