Beef – is it natural and ethical to eat it?

Is eating beef natural and ethical? Our quest is to investigate different foods that humans eat, to see whether it is natural to eat them, and also, is it ethical.

It’s interesting to me that some people will happily eat the meat of cattle, but react in horror if anyone mentions eating horse. To be honest, I don’t see the difference. Meat is meat isn’t it? How can a person feel sentimental about one type of animal but not another?

Another fascinating thing about some people who eat meat, is their reaction to images of animals being killed. They cry out: “How cruel!” and carry on chewing on their steak.

However, let us stay on track.

Investigation
Is it natural?

Can we (human primates, equipped only with our bodies and natural items such as rocks, sticks, soil, fire, etc) catch, prepare and eat beef. We’ll include other large animals like horses and large wild animals in this category.

In the wild, none of these animals would let you get close enough to catch them. However, if one did, and you managed to catch it without being injured, gored, kicked or bitten, then what?

Watch this video to see how cattle protect themselves (graphic).

You would need to tie the animal, and in our scenario, there are no ropes. But, if it stood still for you, how would you kill it?

The only way to kill a large animal is to cut through its incredibly thick skin, and since we have no knives, this would already prove impossible. But, even if you did somehow manage to kill it, how would you get through the skin to the meat, and how would you eat the meat?

Human primates are not equipped with the right teeth, as are dogs and cats, to be able to call this natural food.

Is it ethical?

a) Has it suffered the least harm?

As we said with chicken, even if you did manage to catch and restrain a large animal without causing it harm, you would have to kill it to eat it, which then makes it unethical.

b) Has it had the best life possible?

Only if the animal has been living a completely natural life would you be able to say yes to this. In our modern world, many cattle are forced to stand in one place their whole short lives, and are fed unnatural foods and drugs.This is not ethical.

c) Is this food good for us?

Apparently eating beef or other red meat animals has benefits and disadvantages, which proponents standing on either side continue to debate.

However, killing animals is very stressful for them, which infuses the meat with adrenaline. This excess in the human body can cause premature ageing, ADHD, faster heart rates, high blood pressure and aggression, among other symptoms.

In this video, you can see how terrified this animal is while it waits to die.

And if the meat is not wild,it could be infused with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines and other chemicals, as well as whatever effects the genetically modified food they are fed, could have on you.

Final verdict – my opinion:

Beef or the meat from any other large animal is not natural food, unless it has been found already dead. And, even then, without the right sort of teeth, human primates wouldn’t even be able to start eating any of these large animals.

Baboons and chimps are known to catch and eat meat, but they have formidable fangs which allow them to do this. Humans, however, have teeth like gorillas, who are largely vegetarian. I say largely, as they do eat insects, a category we will discuss in another post.

And neither is it ethical unless, again, it has been found dead due to natural causes and has lived wild since birth.

So, beef is off the list.

What do you think?

Next post: pork

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