“Harriet Beecher Stowe said, "The care of the defenseless animal creation is to be an evidence of the complete triumph of Christianity."
Fish are animals and deserve consideration. They have the same mechanisms with which to feel pain and fear.
There are mother fish who protect their young, there are fish who use various tricks to hide themselves from predators, they fight for their lives when they are pulled up by the thousands in huge trawler nets. Let's choose a kinder way to nourish ourselves and let these animals live out their lives in the ocean.”
KPinSEA on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:00:03
“You did note the existence of predators there ... so what you are really saying is "let's be the predator that chooses to not eat its prey."
Because, for sure, other predators are not going to make this choice.”
Eric Mann on May 31, 2011 at 21:29:55
“Feeling pain and fear are not really high benchmarks on the organism scale. ALL animals feel pain, and a lot feel fear because those are some wonderful survival adaptations.
That mosquito you just slapped? Yep. Felt pain.
Have you ever seen a stop-motion image of a plant getting hacked at? It reacts just the same as an animal, only much slower.
We are consumers. We kill other organisms to live. Get used to it.”
“Thank you, Bruce. For people who do want to live in a way that is less harmful to animals, choosing a plant-based diet is probably the most important thing an individual can do. A vegetarian diet may also save your life, since it drastically decreases chances of some of the most common diseases in America, including heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Vegetarians have been found to keep healthier body weights and avoiding meat and dairy has been linked to diabetes prevention and reversal. Go to Amazon.com and run a search for vegan cookbook to see the tremendous variety of resources available for people who want to take on a more compassionate and healthier diet.”
The same is true with respect to colorectal cancer. The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Oxford (EPIC-Oxford), which followed 65,000 people during the 1990s, found that far from being protected from bowel cancer as anticipated, vegetarians in fact displayed a slightly higher incidence of this form of the disease. Meat per se isn't the problem; it's the preservatives or the way meat is prepared that's the problem. See the brief discussion here: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/b/2010/08/29/does-red-meat-cause-colon-cancer.htm Vegetables that have been similarly pickled or preserved also have carcincogenic properties. For example, China accounts for about half of the global annual deaths from stomach cancer which has been linked to the consumption of pickled and smoked foods, including vegetables.”
Anjushri on May 2, 2011 at 20:51:10
“A vegetarian still eats and wears animal products and uses animals. Please view this : What Is Wrong with Vegetarianism? http://t.co/zBXvVE0”
“Great article, Bruce. When we choose dishes made from vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit instead of meat and dairy, we not only slow down the destruction of the earth and save animals, we also protect our personal health. About 60% of the deaths in the U.S. are caused by diseases linked to diet, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. Animal products are the only real source of dietary cholesterol and the primary source of saturated fat. Cut these out and you'll live a longer life on a healthier planet.”
wildisthewind on Apr 20, 2011 at 17:58:35
“The oldest man on the planet died a few days ago. He ate animal foods every day. His favorite meal was liver and onions. A mountain of research has disproved the myth that saturated fat is a cause of heart disease.”
klbrz on Apr 20, 2011 at 13:07:25
“Vegetarians aren't as healthy as has been assumed. And, studies are coming out right and left showing just that.
From this study, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16441942, Health effects of vegetarian and vegan diets: "...recent studies have also shown higher plasma homocysteine concentrations than in non-vegetarians." (Not a good thing.)
And this, http://www.ajcn.org/content/70/3/516S.abstract, Mortality in vegetarians and nonvegetarians: detailed findings from a collaborative analysis of 5 prospective studies: "There were no significant differences between vegetarians and nonvegetarians in mortality from cerebrovascular disease, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, or all other causes combined."”
elcerritan on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:21:36
“Your nutritional information is woefully out of date. Dietary cholesterol is not directly related to serum cholesterol, and it's trans fats (industrial fats made from PLANT sources), not saturated fats from animal sources, that have been linked with health problems. In fact, the alleged link between eating meat and cardiovascular disease and diabetes has been debunked unless it's PROCESSED meat, and then the problem is the salt, not the meat itself. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2010-releases/processed-meats-unprocessed-heart-disease-diabetes.html Current research links cardiovascular disease with elevated homocysteine, which not caused by eating meat or animal products. There really is no evidence that vegetarians or vegans live longer than omnivores, and in fact, the oldest living man, who died just recently at age 114, was a meat eater whose favorite dish was liver and onions.”
Finnegans Wake on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:00:32
“"Animal products are the only real source of dietary cholesterol and the primary source of saturated fat. Cut these out and you'll live a longer life on a healthier planet."
Carousels go around and around without ever getting anywhere.
Does anyone else feel as though every discussion on nutrition and sustainability is just one nasty carousel ride? Groundhog Day? Deja vu all over again?”
“Friedrich is right. It would make sense to tax meat, dairy and eggs. What doesn't make sense is that responsible people who take care of their health by avoiding these foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol and that are linked to the top causes of death in the U.S. (heart disease, stroke, some cancers etc) and epidemics like type two diabetes should have to help foot the bill for people who choose to eat the food that makes them sick.”
jumbotron16 on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:55:10
“Um...my vegan friends and my one vegan family member are in much poorer health than I am. Just saying...”
“Great article. The chimpanzees should be permanently retired and placed in a sanctuary. Chimpanzee experiments have historically been unproductive, which is why their use in AIDS experiments has drastically dropped over the years. It will be hard for NIH to justify putting these intelligent, emotional, complex animals back into labs where they will suffer horribly for no good reason. One of the Alamogordo chimpanzees, Flo, is 53 years old. She's had several babies taken away -- any mother can imagine that this is a heartbreaking trauma -- and her babies were then used for experiments. Flo deserves permanent retirement.”