As I’ve said before, I am a vegetarian in principle, but a meat eater in actual practice (more on this later in this post). And like many people who are concerned with the welfare of animals, I find it a little sad what a dismal state the anti-meat movement is in. It is not considered at all in the mainstream. And if you are in the mainstream, you won’t be anymore if you advocate it, it seems.
That’s when I started thinking about an entirely different direction this debate can go. Meat is unhealthy. It may not be as dietarily unhealthy as we once thought. But let’s face it, it comes from a living animal. And if you eat it, you risk getting the germs, to say nothing of the chemicals, that animal once had. So is it possible, much like perhaps tobacco, meat will just be declared to unhealthy some day and outlawed on those grounds? Of course this presupposes that the country (and world) will be ready for such a ban. And it also presupposes that there will be a good, inexpensive source of non-meat protein available to the general public by then.
Obviously no one can say what the very distant future holds. In several hundred years, we may all have space hovercrafts and some of us may live in colonies on mars. So for the sake of my argument, let’s say I am asking if this could happen before the end of this century–perhaps the very end of it.
(And as for my views on meat, I am for its gradual abolition. Sadly, though, as I’ve said, very few people seem to even hold that view.)