The Case Against Animal Meats
( Originally Published 1954 )
(1) Meat contains poisonous wastes.
The animal, when it is killed, is charged with urinary, lung, and skin excretions. These retained animal wastes are poisonous to the human living body. The body becomes sick in due time when it retains its own metabolic wastes within cells and blood. Meat as a food is therefore objectionable.
(2) Meat is a putrescible substance.
The animal, as soon as it is dead, goes through decomposing changes. Meat readily putrefies in the colon when there is partial constipation or sluggishness of the bowels. Many times this is a cause of the poisoning of the whole system. Outstanding authorities regard meat eating as a basic cause of such chronic degenerative diseases as arthritis, gout and cancer. "
(3) Meat contains irritating by-products which tend to over-stimulate the system.
It gives one a temporary feeling of euphoria, or a false sense of well-being. The after-effect of such overstimulation is depression. Depressed men and women of modern times indulge in tobacco smoking as a narcotic, to dull the overstimulated nerves of sensation; they indulge in the use of intoxicating beverages for the same reason. The ultimate effect of meat eating is to reduce the strength of the body, its vital energy, its health, its life expectancy. The modern individual is really a victim of habitual meat eating.
With our wonderful achievements in the field of health and our great scientific knowledge about health and the causation of disease, the modern man or woman could be a physically perfect and healthy being if he were a product of scientific eating. Scientific eating must be based on the application of the principles of the New Knowledge of Nutrition. The New Knowledge of Nutrition points to the fact that human health would be better without the use of animal meats as food.
(4) One by-product of modern living is the universal symptom of Chronic Fatigue. Chronic fatigue is in fact, a symptom-complex, so recognized and described by the well-known great surgeon Dr. Edward 0. Ochsner. Dr. Ochsner, as a surgeon, discovered among his numerous surgical patients the symptom-complex of chronic fatigue, which he described very thoroughly in a monograph of about 200 pages.
Many of our great people are handicapped by a subacute or chronic condition of lethargy. This sort of lethargy is being treated by medication from morning until night, from rising until sleeping. Modern people are victims of coffee drinking, liquor drinking, tobacco consumption, aspirin taking, laxative taking, the use of magic pills and lotions for deodorizing the inner cesspools and the exterior of the Temple of the Soul.
The human body could really be a beautiful specimen, as fine as it is portrayed by the great sculptors and painters. But the truth is that modern men and women seldom are as pleasant to look at as the scupltured models of the ancient and medieval artists.
(5) Scientific facts are abundant to prove the contrary of what people are made to believe, namely, that meat contains minerals, vitamins, etc. The fact is that vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are best supplied to the human economy from the original sources-fresh fruits and vegetables adequately prepared and served. Canning or freezing destroys the vitamins of most nourishing foods.
(6) Meat, because of its overstimulating properties, serves to over-arouse the sexual appetite, and leads to excesses.
(7) Prolonged use of meat leads to the accumulation in the tissues and vital organs of poisonous dead animal wastes, which lead to diseases that degenerate the body and make it miserable.
(8) Meat eating tends to brutalize human nature (Kellogg). Consumers of meat of necessity must turn a deaf ear to the cries of their victims, whose flesh they partake of, in indifference to their suffering and wailing.
(9) A most important objection to meat eating is the fact that the finer nature of mankind is thereby numbed. In order to have a bet-ter world, a world free from hate, free from all sorts of crimes committed by men against men, the human race must become vegetarian. Our conventional ethics, embodied in the Ten Commandments, have failed to make this world a paradise on earth. One reason is that animals are being killed for food. Human ethics must become humane ethics. Humane ethics provide for the love of fellow creatures by mankind.
The desire to be just to other sentient creatures—rather than to kill and cat them with indifference to their rights as living beings—must evolve in the human consciousness to a more universal extent than has been true so far-
It is true that some of the world's religions forbid the killing of animals for food, but the general indifference to the Christian and Hebrew precept of "Thou shalt not kill" is but one of the appalling inconsistencies of civilized occidental people. (War between nations is another.)
The cruelties involved in killing animals for food might be spared the aggressors as well as their victims.
The butchers, if their emotions become hardened, are to be pitied because they must kill for a living. The feelings of consumers of animal viands must likewise become hardened. The sin or crime of cannibalism among savages is not much greater than the crimes perpetrated in the meat industry by civilized people.
Awakening the mind and emotions to honest thinking and feeling must bring any modern person to the realization that the cruelties involved in killing for food (as well as for the sportsman's pleasure and for business in general) must stop. An earnest and honest attitude on the issue of meat for food must necessarily clear plugged ears and warm up chilled emotions to the wailing cries of animals doomed to death by butchers. If the human race is ever to evolve into a race of kind men and women, it must give up its carnivorous eating habits.
Is it a pleasant or a pretty sight to look at animal viands displayed anywhere, on commercial counters or on the dining tables-dressed, cooked and ready to serve? How can people with any appreciation of the artistic or finer things of life eat meat without an emotional reaction to the ghastly sight of a platter of fowl, a potted roast, or any meat cut in any form which finds its way onto the dining tables of civdized people?
No wonder some of the greatest thinkets, poets, philosophers and painters become vegetarians sooner or later in their lives! People with a sense of real social justice must arrive at a sense of awakening to the ghastliness of the sight of and the eating of animal viands.
Much has been written on this subject by non-vegetarians as well as by vegetarians. Only, a few interesting points will be mentioned.
Scientific authorities all over the world, in increasing numbers, are arriving at the conclusion that the protein of meat is unnecessary from the standpoint of health under any circumstances.
The International Food Commission arrived at this conclusion when it met during World War I. At its meeting the question of a minimum meat ration was discussed. It was decided that it was unnecessary to fix a minimum meat ration "in view of the fact that no absolute physiological need exists for meat, since the protein of meat can be replaced by other proteins such as milk, eggs, and cheese, as well as by proteins of vegetable origin."
According to a circular issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, prepared by O. F. Langworthy and Caroline L. Hunt, the use of meat is also recognized to be relatively unimportant. "It is, of course, possible to eat meat dishes less frequently than once a day, or to omit meat from the diet altogether, and remain in health, for it has been determined that all the necessary protein and energy may be obtained from other materials when the diet is so arranged that it remains well-balanced."
An eminent nutritionist is of the opinion that "we could dispense entirely with meat without suffering any ill effects whatever." This same authority on nutrition stresses in one of his works the fact that the Orientals, who live mainly on vegetable foods, are strong and healthy.