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Study finds meat-eaters to be selfish and anti-social

Three professors at two different universities in the Netherlands have studied the psychological impact of eating meat and their findings state that carnivores tend to be selfish, less social and more distant. Interestingly enough, participants in the study who looked at a picture of a cow and a steak showed a more selfish attitude in multiple choice tests, in comparison to those having been shown a tree.  One of the professors who worked on the study, Professor Roos Vonk, said that she doesn’t feel shocked, “Previous research had already shown that meat eaters think more in terms on dominance and hierarchy (who is the boss?) than vegetarians. Eating meat is also traditionally associated with status. Meat used to be much more expensive and scarcer than now. Eating meat is a way to elevate yourself above others. But by uplifting yourself, you lose connection with othes. That explains why there are more insecure people in need. It also makes people loutish when they think about meat and also feel lonely.”

While this study, clearly, cannot be used to generalize all meat-eaters as selfish, anti-social people, the study does seem to make a logical conclusion (although I’m not sure how the professors conducted the study, so that should be considered). I also don’t think this study can prove that vegans/vegetarians are “better people” than meat eaters, but I would say that vegans/vegetarians have less mental obstacles in order to justify what we are eating. What do you think? 

One thought on “Study finds meat-eaters to be selfish and anti-social

  1. Really interesting post. I also don’t think vegans like me are better than anyone else but I can see the relationship between people who think about what they are eating and how that may indicate they are less concerned about self. Maybe the study is less a remark on the attitudes of meat eaters and more a confirmation of the compassion of those who choose not to eat sentient beings.

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