What is the point in being vegetarian?

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Found 2nd Feb 2011
I know not eating meat of course, and that's fine. But generally what is the goal? it's not going to change anything. If you like meat why not just enjoy it. Also some people think it's still ok to eat fish? I don't really get the whole vegetarian thing

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What I don't get is the vegetarian food in the shape of pieces of meat!

I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of animals. Why? Personal choice. Someone who eats fishbut no other animal products is called a pescatarian not a vegetarian.

starsparkle2311

Exactly, what is all that about?



I think its hysterical when people have bbq's and the veggies get out their veggie burgers and sausages

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dungavel

I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of … I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of animals. Why? Personal choice. Someone who eats fishbut no other animal products is called a pescatarian not a vegetarian.



Yeah that's fair enough, but the animal would die anyway let's face it. But I respect that decision.

Although i do disagree with fish still being ok to eat.

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starsparkle2311

I know what you mean, I've known vegetarians who still eat chicken,lol.I … I know what you mean, I've known vegetarians who still eat chicken,lol.I don't eat much meat myself, no big vegetarian stance, I just don't like it.



Still eat chicken?! Lol...

dungavel

I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of … I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of animals. Why? Personal choice. Someone who eats fishbut no other animal products is called a pescatarian not a vegetarian.



What about the murder of the poor wee plants, who cares about them?

dungavel

I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of … I would say that the goal is to not be responsible for the murder of animals. Why? Personal choice. Someone who eats fishbut no other animal products is called a pescatarian not a vegetarian.

DangerGod

Yeah that's fair enough, but the animal would die anyway let's face it. … Yeah that's fair enough, but the animal would die anyway let's face it. But I respect that decision. Although i do disagree with fish still being ok to eat.



I think it's a matter of education. Some people think vegetarianism is just about not eating red-meat. Some people start of with red meat and build up. I guess it's like calling yourself a Catholic and not believing the full Catholic doctrine.



Not necessarily if no-one eat meat or used animal by products there would be no need to kill animals.

Not wearing leather, eating dairy products would make somone a vegan, not a vegetarian. Why do you find vegetarian products shaped as a sausage or a burger hilarious. It's just a handy shape for rolls etc. Not veggie btw, but like some veggie food.


Edited by: "Lefty" 2nd Feb 2011

nikkib123

What I don't get is the vegetarian food in the shape of pieces of meat!



Strangest vegetarian option I've seen lately is vegetarian haggis, I mean what's that all about. LOL X)

I find a lot of vegetarians inconsistent in their ethics.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I cook with Quorn more than I do with meat.

starsparkle2311

Yes they are quite hilarious, why buy/eat vegetarian versions of food? … Yes they are quite hilarious, why buy/eat vegetarian versions of food? Mind=blown there,lol



Why is that hilarious?

In terms of flavour (which often isn't the meat itself, but the flavours added), why should a veggie not like the taste of meat? It is the act of killing an animal which causes the ethical problem. If a substitute can be used, then that means they get the taste without the killing of the animal. In terms of shapes, burgers and sausages are just arbitrary or even evolved shapes that people like to eat, the animal they come from is not shaped like that. What other shapes are they supposed to eat them in?

It's a none argument.

I am not a veggie, but:

"What's the point in being one? I know not eating meat of course, and that's fine. But generally what is the goal? it's not going to change anything. If you like meat why not just enjoy it. Also some people think it's still ok to eat fish? I don't really get the whole vegetarian thing"

Why is not eating meat not a goal? It changes something, somebody doesn't eat meat, therefore an animal has not died for that meal. Veggies don't eat fish. If somebody thinks it's ok to eat fish and not meat, they haven't followed through the ethical argument.

My wife is a vegetarian - doesn't eat any meat, fish or products made with anything derived from animals (Cooked with animal fat etc)...

She just doesn't like the thought of eating an animal.

Most of are meals are Quorn based, as she cooks.. Doesn't bother me, tastes quite good.
Edited by: "spritey" 2nd Feb 2011

Vegetarians live on average 2 years longer which is surprising as they look so unhealthy and miserable.

Vegetarians are people who don't eat meat, if they do they are not vegetarian, end of argument. As for what the point is, its probably different for every one of them and is their own choice so why does it matter to you?

I'm a pescatarian and I stopped eating eating meat about 10 years ago when BSE (mad cows disease) was about. I now don't eat meat because it's just a lifestyle choice.

windhoek

I'm a pescatarian and I stopped eating eating meat about 10 years ago … I'm a pescatarian and I stopped eating eating meat about 10 years ago when BSE (mad cows disease) was about. I now don't eat meat because it's just a lifestyle choice.



2 cows in a field chatting,one says to the other "What you think of all this mad cow disease then, are you worried?" Other cow says.."Why should i be worried..i'm a donkey!"

boom boom

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cdm22

Vegetarians are people who don't eat meat, if they do they are not … Vegetarians are people who don't eat meat, if they do they are not vegetarian, end of argument. As for what the point is, its probably different for every one of them and is their own choice so why does it matter to you?



It doesn't matter to me, am I not allowed to ask a question or something?

If we all stopped eating meat who would look after all the animals?

If someone is against the killing and eating of animals, and still eats meat then that would make them a hypocrite.

I dont smoke and dont particularly like it, even though i know they will make cigarettes doesn't mean i should start smoking

khy86

I dont smoke and dont particularly like it, even though i know they will … I dont smoke and dont particularly like it, even though i know they will make cigarettes doesn't mean i should start smoking



We are meant to eat meat not meant to smoke though.

Rhianne

We are meant to eat meat



What makes you say that?

jellybaby22

I tried to be a veggie cos I do feel bad about the way the animals are … I tried to be a veggie cos I do feel bad about the way the animals are treated but I cannot live without bacon X)



Bacon is what turned my brother who was a veggie for 8 years back to the darkside. Muahahahahaha.

I agree with David Hume when he says 'you can't get ought from is'. This means we can't make valid prescriptive statements based on what is. We can't for example, legitimately say any of the following statements...'we should be racists because racism exists'; 'all males should be homosexual because the male g-spot is in the anus'; or 'we should all wear glasses because the ears and nose are ideal for wearing glasses'. The same principle applies to eating meat. We can't say we should eat meat because our teeth are suitable etc.
Edited by: "windhoek" 2nd Feb 2011

starsparkle2311

Yes, it's a personal choice.



Agreed!:)

I have been a vegetarian most of my life, never eaten meat or fish, apart from when I was a very young child but as I got older I found it difficult when I went out for a meal, always salads etc, now with the introduction of quorn and quorn products it is amazing, I can still be vegetarian but I can cook for people that come round for dinner and eat the same but without meat.I dont know what meat tastes like but I have been told that quorn does taste a little like meat. My not eating meat is something I was brought up with and I was left to make my own decision at a young age, I chose to be vegetarian because I would not kill an animal to eat it even at a young age I knew for me it was wrong, I guess I was lucky I had the support of my family

Rhianne

We are meant to eat meat not meant to smoke though.



Im trying to say its their choice, i myself eat meat but agree with the other person saying where does it say we are MEANT to eat meat. If someone chooses not to eat meat then its their option not to

It's vegans that really throw me!

http://www.mopo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/vegan-cow1-520x426.jpg

dont vegetarians eat fish though? I always find that a bit unusual.

numptyj

dont vegetarians eat fish though? I always find that a bit unusual.



Fish-eating vegetarians are called pescatarians, so are not vegetarians per se.

Edited by: "windhoek" 2nd Feb 2011

numptyj

dont vegetarians eat fish though? I always find that a bit unusual.

Yeh, double standards is that.

I'm fine that people choose to be vegetarians but humans, all throughout our evolution, have been omnivores so it's natural to have meat in your diet. Still, i suppose it's the fact we can choose because of personal morals which sets us apart from other species; i just think vegetarians have chosen wrongly.

Fish-eating vegetarians are called pescatarians, so are not vegetarians per se.

windhoek

Fish-eating vegetarians are called pescatarians, so are not vegetarians … Fish-eating vegetarians are called pescatarians, so are not vegetarians per se.



yeah but whats the point in eating fish if you're not willing to eat other types of meat, as above its just double standards IMO

spritey

My wife is a vegetarian - doesn't eat any meat, fish or products made … My wife is a vegetarian - doesn't eat any meat, fish or products made with anything derived from animals (Cooked with animal fat etc)...She just doesn't like the thought of eating an animal.Most of are meals are Quorn based, as she cooks.. Doesn't bother me, tastes quite good.



I take it she doesn't even partake in chips from the Chippy either?

As others have said, there are many different reasons why people choose not to eat meat; me, it's just a lifestyle choice.

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numptyj

yeah but whats the point in eating fish if you're not willing to eat … yeah but whats the point in eating fish if you're not willing to eat other types of meat, as above its just double standards IMO



'greed

So are you saying that people who eat fish should eat meat?

windhoek

So are you saying that people who eat fish should eat meat?



no. some people might not like certain meats etc.

but those who say they are vegetarians and then tuck into fish is a bit WTF

As I said before, pescatarians are not the same as vegetarians.
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