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We all are in agreeance that slaughtering animals for meat is wrong and inhumane. However, if people ate meat from an animal that just died naturally in its natural habitat (like a pasture, for instance) and wasn't killed for its meat and wasn't abused during its life, would it still be inhumane and wrong to eat its meat? I mean, the animal didn't suffer nor was it killed prematurely.
 

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If the animal died of natural causes, it probably has some kind of health issue and you most likely don't want to be touching it anyway. This is hard to confess, but lately I've been thinking about what it would be like to return to meat eating (not considering it, really) and just the thought of biting into a sandwich with meat makes me want to gag. The thought of eating an animal grosses me out.
 

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If the animal died of natural causes, it probably has some kind of health issue and you most likely don't want to be touching it anyway. This is hard to confess, but lately I've been thinking about what it would be like to return to meat eating (not considering it, really) and just the thought of biting into a sandwich with meat makes me want to gag. The thought of eating an animal grosses me out.


Same here. I think about that every now and then and have exactly the same reaction. The more you think about what it is and where it came from the more disgusting it starts to seem. Now I'm just amazed I used to eat that
 

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I wouldn't do it, but I wouldn't have much of a problem with other people doing it.
Although, absent a desperately needy situation where there aren't other food sources available, its not exactly respectful of the animal. Think soylent green. It's really just downright disrespectful to eat someone.
 

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There are still a few things that I enjoy the smell of, and when I smell them, I start to think about eating them again and how much I used to like it, and then I think about what it actually is, and then I start to feel nauseous.
Exactly!!! Pork products were my favorite, but the thought of eating a pig makes me sick to my stomach.
 

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I think of it as you wouldn't eat a dead human just laying around, why a dead animal? Unless your starving to death and have no other option, just as you wouldn't eat a human unless you were trapped somewhere (like in that movie, bleck)
 

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^^^ There is probably more of a hygeinic risk to eat a member of your own species, or even a member of a closely-related species who probably gets a lot of the same diseases you do.

But, yeah: gross. And somewhat disrespectful to the animal, although not nearly as bad as intentionally shortening his/her life so you can munch on his or her remains. I'd leave any dead bodies for other animals who are able to consume such things without being made sick, just as I now give such things to my cat or my neighbors' dogs (unless it might make them ill. For example: Onion isn't good for cats. A month ago I was given half of a tuna fish sandwich by a friend who was definitely going to throw it out, although it was freshly made. There was minced onion in it, so I picked the onion out before giving the tuna filling to my cat. And for some reason, ham makes my neighbors' dogs throw up.)
 

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I wouldn't think it inhumane at all, given that humans have pretty much always been scavengers and will eat damn near anything we come across that will provide nourishment and prevent starvation. However, it would have to be hard times indeed for me to do this personally. If it were an animal that I unintentionally hit with my car and it was still fresh... no problem whatsoever. But simply finding an animal lying dead in the woods... not so much. Although our paleo ancestors certainly would have chowed down on it.
 

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I agree, eating roadkill even before I became vegetarian would have been gross to me.
I like your avatar


In response to the question, that's gross. Plus who knows how long it's been there? Probably has diseases...
 
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