For moments of weakness when the temptations may reach us
1. Animals in the food industry are horribly mistreated.
Animals in the food industry are branded, dehorned/debeaked/etc., raised in their own feces, and killed. Methods of killing include electrocution, slitting of the throat, an insertion of a metal rod that protrudes the brain by splitting through the forehead, etc. In many cases, a combination of many of these methods are usedwhile the animal is still breathing and feeling. The removal of organsmore often than notare done while the animal is still alive and conscious.
2. Speciesismthe belief that one is superior due to their placement on the food chain
We have learned not to eat humans. We have learned and have known not to put humans in gas chambers, not to starve them, not to raise them in their own excrement, not to slit their throats and take out their organs as they continue to breathe and feel and bleed, not to disrespect the corpses of humans by cutting their bodies apart and selling them for mass profit, and much more through various points in history. (The most obvious example would be the Holocaust.) What makes us so different from every other animal? Yes, we have a larger intellectual capacity, but when the basics come down to the basics, everything is the same: We love, we feel pain, we think, and we live. If we refuse to put humans through such treatment, and look down on people who do, why should we turn a blind eye when millions other creatures are going through similarly devastating treatment every day? Which brings us to our next two points
(For the science geeks/nerds out there.)
If we have evolved from our primal ancestors and learned not to eat humans, can we not learn to survive without the consumption of any animal flesh? For the egoists (or whatever you would like to call it) out there, can we not prove ourselves to be the ultimate animals on the top of the food chain? We have the ability to digest meat, and this inherited trait gives us the primal craving for meat. However, if we prove that we are able to resist this temptation when other animals find that they cannot, if we prove that we are able to distinguish what we truly need and what we truly want, does that not make us superior?
4. Religious Reasons
I won't go into all of the religious reasons to avoid any religious disputes. But one thing I have noticed in all religions is that everything in this world, every creature, is made by The Creator(s) (<- insert whatever name you have for this creator, if you'd like). We worship this Creator regularly, and hold everything that the Creator says, does, and makes holy. Shouldn't the same go for animals, creatures who, like us, the Creator has granted the gift of life? How can we treat something that our beloved Creator has made in such a matter?
The list may be short, but the reasons are infinite.
Just a quick list I made up when I noticed that a lot of vegetarians/vegans revert back to eating meat in a heartbeat. I thought it would be helpful for any new vegetarians/vegans when they felt cravings for meat, felt frustrated when people in their lives tried to force them to eat meat again, or just felt any other moment of weakness. A lot of people I know said that it helped them to carry the list around, and read it over whenever they felt the urge to eat meat, and someone referred me to this forum and suggested *cough*demanded*cough* that I put it up.
Feel free to add more.