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Meat does taste good

You read that right. Don’t worry, this is still an animal rights blog. The argument (and it’s not really an argument) that meat tastes good is one of the most used comebacks by meat-eaters. And I agree with them. I was a meat-eater for 17 years of my life and I loved eating meat. Because I didn’t know any better. It wasn’t until I learned about the horrors of factory farming and then that cheeseburger didn’t see all that appealing to me anymore. Once you learn the reality, it’s almost impossible to continue to eat animal products. You have no excuses left. Veganism is about putting animals before yourself and realizing that they deserve life just as much as you do.

This quote by Morrissey is one of my favorites and sums up my feelings on the ‘Meat tastes good’ argument. How can anyone argue with Morrissey, anyways?

“Nobody can come up with a good argument for eating animals – nobody can. People as some kind of a joke say, well, ‘It’s tasty’, but it’s only tasty once you garnish it and you put salt and pepper, and you cook it, and you have to do 300 things to it to disguise its true taste. If you put garnishes on a chair or fabric, it would probably taste quite nice.”

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7 thoughts on “Meat does taste good

  1. I think people forget that most vegans aren’t born vegan and we were omnivores at some point, so yeah, we’ve eaten meat and yeah, most of us probably liked the taste…but liking the taste alone does not justify the act of eating meat. A pedophile likes to molest children….does the fact that they “like” to do this justify their actions?

    Great post.

  2. Okay, first, comparing pedophiles to people who eat meat is wrong and makes you sound really stupid. And also, that’s not the only reason people eat meat. A lot of people eat meat because:

    – It’s easier to eat meat than eat a vegan diet on a budget, especially for lower-income families.
    – Meat provides both animal and vegetable protein
    – It does taste good, even if you need seasoning. (Think about it, just because celery is gross plain, you don’t just not eat it.)
    – When vegans say things like “When you know the truth, you have no excuse” or “Does the fact that you like it justify your actions” it makes non-vegans care less about the truth and more about never talking to vegans about meat.
    – We live in a nation where the governing bodies of produce ensure quality meat, and also one where its citizens can eat whatever they want, and many would prefer some chicken than a plate of lentils.

    Bottom line, there is no right or wrong, but when either side feels compelled to explain why their way is “better,” that’s when they need to shut up.

  3. Good point, well made (and love the analogy from luminousvegans comment too!). I’m still finding my way with veganism from being veggie for most of my adult life (with a meat-eating period within). However, the more I learn, the keener I am to commit to veganism more fully. At the moment, my philosophy is ‘be vegan at home’ while I adapt to the changes. Slow change always works better for me. But I suppose what veganism means to me is not allowing the suffering of animals for my pleasure, that is, the taste.

  4. I’m not sure I agree with Morrissey, as I’ve never attempted to douse my furniture in A1 sauce, and don’t plan to. But I do agree with you that meat seems less appealing when you can see it for what it really is. I’m very new to veganism, and not militant about it. I’m straddling that line between the ultimate ideal of my values and the reality of eating out in an omnivorous society. Cheese occasionally slips in. But what I’ve realized is there’s more to my eating than thinking, “a hamburger sounds good for dinner tonight,” eating the hamburger, and moving on. My choices impact everything. If I eat meat that comes from a CAFO, I’ve contributed to the suffering of animals, the suffering of people working in the CAFO, damage to the earth and waterways, potential contamination of crops, the manifestation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that kill thousands each year, and the inefficient use of resources like water and grain in a world where so many are dying without them. Considering all that, do I really *need* to eat hamburger? No.

  5. luminousvegans – Well. what an incredibly stupid paragraph. If what you said held any substance, theoretically, the author’s 17 year stint as a meat eater is analogous to a pedophile with a 17 year history of molesting children. Not to mention your own.

    Would be nice to hear some ruminations from an intelligent vegan. Not one who is championing the cause because it’s in vogue.

    Darren – excellent riposte.

  6. Darren – have you actually tried to eat a vegan diet on a budget? Because if you have, then you’ll find it’s really not the case that “It’s easier to eat meat than eat a vegan diet on a budget, especially for lower-income families” – it’s the opposite!

    I found this out by doing a ‘vegan trial’ (which I blogged about) but until that point, I was pretty confused about all the info out there and I was still eating fish and dairy (I did used to eat meat too). I have decided to stay vegan because when I did my trial I discovered several things, one of them being how CHEAP it is to eat. In fact, I’ve never spent as little on food as I do now.

    Seriously. Those special vegan products you can buy are a luxury. You don’t have to buy them. You can live off pennies by eating wisely and using fresh, seasonal produce with dried beans, pulses, etc, It is the cheapest diet possible with some thought, and a way that low-income families (who through their socio-economic status often have the highest levels of ill-health) can have nutritionally dense diets.

    The kind of meat that comes cheap – like chicken nuggets, burgers etc – is processed and full of additives and cannot be described even by meat-eaters as ‘healthy’.

    I’d say unless you speak from experience having tried a vegan diet compared to a meat one like I have, then it’s difficult to comment on how easy or not it is to eat a vegan diet on a budget.

  7. Nick- Obviously eating meat is not like molesting children. Obviously. And I never said that. I am NOT making an analogy between the actual act of eating meat and the actual act of molestation. What I AM making an analogy between is the REASONING for carrying out each act and how the REASONING for each act is perhaps not enough to justify the act.

    I apologize if I offended you by even bringing up pedophilia, however, as stated earlier and in my original post, I am not saying the actual acts are similar.

    I can make the same analogy but instead replace the pedophile with someone who likes to stick bubble gum on furniture. The reason they stick bubble gum on furniture is because they enjoy it. Is that reasoning alone enough to justify the act of sticking bubble gum everywhere? Hopefully this tamer analogy will not upset you and Darren so much.

    PS. Now I must go off and champion my “vogue” cause somewhere else now.

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