Meat is Not a Natural Food

…for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
Plutarch from an essay On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Book 12, The Moralia


If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax
Plutarch :  On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Book 12, The Moralia

The idea in the above quotation of course is that if meat was a natural diet you would not need an implement of any kind to kill the animal to provide you with meat.

Fact: 1.2 billion animals are slaughtered globally every week. In just one week more animals are killed than the total number of people killed in all wars throughout history 

Please share this video widely. This and the articles and links below present compelling reasons why people eat meat and why they should stop doing so.

The Secret Reason We Eat Meat

Ask any meat eater why people eat meat and they’ll tell you it’s delicious, that eating meat is not only natural but also normal and necessary. Ask Dr. Melanie Joy the same question and you’ll get a much darker—and interesting—answer: a violent ideology has convinced them they must do it.

That ideology is carnism, the opposite of veganism. Never heard of it? That’s exactly her point.

“Carnism is a dominant ideology, which means it’s embedded deeply in society to the point that it’s considered ‘just the way things are,’” Joy explains. “But just because something isn’t recognized or is viewed as ‘how things are’ doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Racism wasn’t recognized as a problem or ideology at a point in history but that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist. It’s just been around for so long that it’s taken for granted.”

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The 4Ns which people use to justify their meat consumption are that it is normal, natural, necessary and nice. Anyone who has been involved in a discussion on the ethics of vegetarianism or veganism will no doubt of heard one or all of these reasons being given before.

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Meat is most certainly is not natural, human beings do not have the anatomy of a meat eater. It is not necessary for health and is in fact a detriment simply because it is not a natural food. It is only normal because we perceive it to be so after generations of thinking this way. As for it being nice … well that is the most pathetic of reasons to eat meat and really is not worthy of consideration by any compassionate person.

Read more of Plutrach’s argument which is indeed very persuasive against meat being a natural food for man, an argument that will often leave even the most ardent meat eater lost for words.

For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.
Plutarch On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Volume 12 The Moralia,

In this essay Plutarch challenges the idea that man is naturally carnivorous; an excuse so often used today to justify the eating of meat appears to have been used for its justification in ancient times. Also in his discussion against meat eating Plutarch maintains that animals deserve ethical consideration because they possess the attributes of intelligence and sentience.

Read more about what Plutarch had to say about meat eating and our treatment of animals.

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Below are quotations from philosophers and ethicists past and present concerning animal rights; the humane treatment of animals and adopting a vegetarian/vegan diet.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

November 21, 1902 – July 24, 1991

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish author in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Even though the number of people who commit suicide is quite small, there are few people who have never thought about suicide at one time or another. The same is true about vegetarianism We find very few people who have never thought that killing animals is actually murder, founded on the premise that might is right . . . I will call it the eternal question: What gives man the right to kill an animal often torture it, so that he can fill his belly with its flesh. We know now, as we have always known instinctively, that animals can suffer as much as human beings. their emotions and their sensitivity are often stronger than those of a human being. Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal be it a dog, a bird or even a mouse – knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.


circa 582-507 B.C.
Greek philosopher, mathematician, mystic, known as the Father of Vegetarianism.

“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.

The animals share with us the privilege of having a soul

Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! In the midst of such wealth as earth, the best of mothers, provides, yet nothing satisfies you, but to behave like the Cyclopes, inflicting sorry wounds with cruel teeth! You cannot appease the hungry cravings of your wicked, gluttonous stomachs except by destroying some other life.

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

460 BC – ca. 370 BC was an ancient Greek physician and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the ” father of medicine”
“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”

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4 thoughts on “Meat is Not a Natural Food

    • It is surprising how insightful people in the past have been concerning the issue of our relationship with animals. While it seems that animal rights and the recognition of sentience in all creatures is something we are only just beginning to recognise in fact people have considered about such issues for centuries.

    • I also was very impressed with her ideas which I had only recently heard about. If only more people had access to ideas such as Melanie’s people might think differently about eating meat and their relationship with animals in general.

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