# Killinig animals

by wolram
Tags: animals, killinig
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 Quote by Skyhunter The greatest single thing that an individual can do to lessen their impact on the environment is to eat a plant based diet.
You're kidding me right? What about fuel consumption? What about the fact that commercial farming ruins millions of acres of habitat? You think because you eat corn that you're helping to save the world? that is the funniest thing I have read in a while.....
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 Quote by Townsend You're kidding me right? What about fuel consumption? What about the fact that commercial farming ruins millions of acres of habitat? You think because you eat corn that you're helping to save the world? that is the funniest thing I have read in a while.....
you wrong. most of corn, soy or wheat is cultivated to feed cows, pigs or other farm animals, and we still have billions of tons of wheat left waiting for buyers.
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 Quote by stoned you wrong. most of corn, soy or wheat is cultivated to feed cows, pigs or other farm animals, and we still have billions of tons of wheat left waiting for buyers.
So how does that make me wrong?
 PF Gold P: 3,685 Does any one know how much energy is needed to cultivate and turn a cereal into a meat substitute, and how much is needed to feed an animal and prosses it for consumption ? I know it is a crude way to evaluate the life of an animal, but a valid point ?
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 Quote by Skyhunter The greatest single thing that an individual can do to lessen their impact on the environment is to eat a plant based diet.
Plus it's healthier and has some...umm... other... benefits. I've been a vegetarian for 3 months.
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 Quote by wolram Does any one know how much energy is needed to cultivate and turn a cereal into a meat substitute, and how much is needed to feed an animal and prosses it for consumption ? I know it is a crude way to evaluate the life of an animal, but a valid point ?
It's probably fair to suggest that it takes more than twice the energy than just cultivating and consuming the crop straight.
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 Quote by Townsend You're kidding me right? What about fuel consumption? What about the fact that commercial farming ruins millions of acres of habitat? You think because you eat corn that you're helping to save the world? that is the funniest thing I have read in a while.....
Here is a short list:

Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year
 P: 1,409 The higher up the food chain a life form is, the more energy and rescources needed to produce it. Is that not clearly evident? If it were not for all the subsidies in the way of water, fuel, and land, a hamburger would cost $10.00 not$1.00. Look at the price of a box of cereal, which is a single meal for a pig. Look at the price of a pound of bacon. How can the meat from a pig cost less than the grains needed to feed it? We subsidize agriculture in order to have cheap food. I don't want to do away with cheap food, I just want humans to take the next step in social evolution and go vegetarian. Just because everyone "knows" something doesn't make it true. We believe we need meat because our culture whispers to us that we have always killed animals for food and it is right. The time is right for humans to evolve. As a great prophet once said: "The meek shall inherit the earth." Go kill an animal, it is not a meek act. If you believe you were biologically designed to eat meat, kill it and eat it raw with your bare hands and teeth!
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 consciousness is somehow better than lack thereof, so I prefer it. Likewise, I prefer creative thought over uncreative thought.
Aye, I think we all do.

 Quote by Skyhunter The more evolved a being is toward sentience, the more energy the universe spends in producing it. This is a rough measure that I use to judge the value of a life. A fly lives a very short life and is not highly evolved, however the larval life of a fly serves a very important purpose. Once it becomes a fly and mates, its reason for being ends. On the other hand a human being is concious of a physical, mental, and spiritual existence. We still don't know our purpose.
This seems to be meandering into religion, too far off topic.

 Quote by Skyhunter The greatest single thing that an individual can do to lessen their impact on the environment is to eat a plant based diet.
Really? Let's all eat greens for the rest of our lives!

It really is the most important thing in the world.

*sighs mournfully*

Like I said before, conditions on Earth are always changing, and dramatically is not rare. It is not something new, caused by humans. Termite mounds, beaver dams, and coral reefs all change their environment dramatically, affecting huge amounts other creatures. Are they interferring with nature? They are not. Because they are nature, a part of it. We are the environment part of it, we're not beings totally unlike everything else in the backyard. We came from it, we we will recede into it.

Passive protection, leaving things alone, doesn't preserve the status quo within a wilderness any more than it does in your backyard. The world is alive, things are constantly in flux. Species are winning, losing, rising, falling, exploding, bottlenecking, taking over, being pushed back. Merely leaving it alone doesn't put it in a state of supsended animation. Its like locking your son or daughter in their bedroom and expecting them not to grow up.

Why are we interferring with the course of nature? Why do some try to keep it the way it is? Why do some blame humans for changing it? It will change for better or for worse, if we are here are not here. If humans were in this state of development before the last ice age, we would blame each other for causing it.

 Quote by Skyhunter He started the first university about 500BC in Greece. Is most famous for the Pythagorean theorem. (A squared plus B squared equals C squared)
Well, I don't know rather to feel insulted, or insulted. Maybe you didn't understand me, I didn't communicate my point well, or a monkey fell from the sky.

 Quote by Skyhunter I eat a plant based diet that is 99% vegan. At 45 I am healthy, strong, athletic, and suffer no maladies whatsoever. I no longer get indigestion, heartburn, or suffer from hemorrhoids. Since switching to a vegan diet I have not even caught a cold. If meat is essential to every man's diet you can't prove it by me. I ate meat most of my life. Now I don't. I have experienced both diets, I know the difference on an experiential level, which is the deepest level of knowledge.
Good for you. I hope someday we can all be that way. Sadly, on that way there will be both reaping and sowing.

 Quote by Skyhunter I grew up on a farm. I murdered animals...
Remember, livestock are different from people. I'm sure you read my thought experiment with the choice between pushing a deer and a man off the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building.

 Quote by Skyhunter [I murdered the animals] that had learned to trust me.
I'm not sure if chickens and sheep have the mental capacity to trust. Anyone want to shed light on this?

 Quote by Skyhunter I killed the compassion inside me when I committed this act. Now I am in the process of bringing that compassion back to life inside me.
How many years has it been that you had no compassion? How many people did you kill, rape, torture?

 Quote by Skyhunter Oddly enough I find it easier to feel compassion for animals than humans.
That's sad. That is really sad. I still have my compassion to know that.

 Animals are mostly innocent, people can be cruel for no reason.
Believe it or not, but not all animals are innocent. Despite the popular image of the animal being easygoing and peaceful,
the hippopotamus is actually one of the most dangerous animals in
Africa, and is said to account for more human deaths than any other
African mammal. This is not because they are more aggressive than
other African mammals but rather because they are highly territorial
and their space often conflicts with that of farmers and tourists. Its canine teeth are 50 cm (20 inches) long, and it uses
its head as a battering ram. Hippopotamuses are 1.5 metres (5 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 1,500 kg up to 3,200 kg (3300 up to 7040 lb). They are approximately the same size as the White Rhinoceros and one or the
other is the next-largest land animal after the species of elephants.
While it is accepted that a hippo can run faster than a human on land,
there are various estimates of its actual running speed. Some
web-sites claim 30 km/h (18 mph), while others record 40 km/h (25 mph)
or even 48 km/h (30 mph). The higher values probably refer to short
bursts. They can move at 8 km/h in water.

 Quote by Skyhunter Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
I thought we agreed to stay out of global warming! This thread is about if humans should kill other animals, not climactic systems!
 Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
I'm sorry, but scientists do not have much of an idea if carbon dioxide comes from fossil fuel emissions.
 Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
Where did you get that figure?
 Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
It's lost! Well where did it go?
 Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
What do you mean by directly? Were the cows too heavy? Did they smash the soil up? Did they eat the grass that was sucking nutrients out of the soil? How are we sure its America's fault? The Earth changes, remember that. Where did you get that figure?
 Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
Over what period of time? Since the pilgrims came? Since last year?

The total area of the US's 50 states and District of Columbia is 9,631,418 sq km.
The area of the US's 50 states and District of Columbia being used for crops is 0.22% of the total area.

 Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
Sounds like a lot.

From the USDA*
 In fiscal year 1999, FSIS inspected 3.38 billion pounds of imported meat and poultry from 31 countries, most of which was fresh and processed meat; only a small amount of poultry was imported. This represented less than 10 percent of the domestic meat supply.
From the US Embassy**
 lamb meat imports from Australia and New Zealand increased 49 percent from 1993 to 1997. Those two markets account for about 98 percent of U.S. imports, according to the USITC.
From the Committee on Government Reform***
 In addition to domestic products, 3.8 billion pounds of imported meat, poultry, and processed egg products were presented for entry into the U.S. from 28 of 33 countries eligible to export to the United States in FY 2003
 Quote by Skyhunter Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
Undernourished could mean a lot of things, there are several forms, levels, and causes of malnutrition.
 Quote by Skyhunter Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
I'm sorry, I really don't understand this. Quarter-pounders come from McDonalds.

 Quote by Skyhunter Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year
Sorry to burst your bubble, but biologists don't know much about how many species there are in the world, in forests, in rainforests, even in a few acres! They can't even tell the population. You know how they try and find out how many bugs live in an area of a forest? They mark off an area and have someone count each thing that walks across the area that is being measured. Many times does the researcher count the same creature twice, three times, four times, or not at all. What if it walks across it, then decides to backtrack, or just happens to walk across it again? There really is no way to tell.

* http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets...ures/index.asp
** http://canberra.usembassy.gov/hyper/WF990326/epf518.htm
*** http://66.102.7.104/unclesam?q=cache...t+pounds&hl=en
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