Pros And Cons Of Vegetarianism

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Paul McCartney once famously stated, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian”. In recent years, the practice and concept of vegetarianism has increasingly gained public attention as one of the most contentious topics in terms of conflicting views and moral justifications. In principle, vegetarianism as a practice abstains from the consumption of meat due to a range of factors such as ethics, religion, and health. On one hand, people may become vegetarians in adherence to religious teachings, or in search of a cleaner plant-based lifestyle, or in active support for the sanctity of all animal life, without exceptions. On the other hand, those who disagree with vegetarianism might argue that religion and health needs validate meat consumption. This essay will explore and elaborate on the spectrum of arguments that has divided public opinion. Vegetarianism is the act of excluding red meat, chicken, and fish from one’s selection of food. In other words, a vegetarian diet primarily consists of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds and maybe even products that originate from animals such as honey, milk, butter, cheese and eggs. However, vegetarian diets can considerably vary, as there are multiple types of vegetarians present in the modern world. According to the online article Becoming A Vegetarian found in Harvard Health Publishing, the different kinds of vegetarians are: vegans who completely leave out any product derived from animals
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