However, when you look at the way that we treat farm animals, and other animals, we are far from civilised, compassionate, or act in a loving way towards animals.
The first reason that you should not eat animals, is because they have a right to live, just like you and I have a right to live.
Not eating animals is about respecting that animals are beings in their own right. It is about knowing animals are valuable, and deserve to live.
The act of taking away an animals life, is enough to be against eating animals.
Another reason why we should not eat animals, is because they feel the full range of emotions that we do. There is without a doubt animals feel emotions. They feel; pleasure, happiness, sadness and pain.
As animalfeel emotions, we have a moral duty to take that into consideration. We have a moral duty to protect them from things such as; fear, harm, violence, and death.
You cannot love animals and eat them. This is because farming animals, and killing animals, causes an immense amount of fear, pain (both psychologically and physically), torture and violence.
There isn't a pleasant, nice way to kill animals, or even really raise them (because there is not enough room in the world to grass feed all animals, therefore, most will always be locked in cages).
A third reason why you should not eat animals, is because cruelty towards animals is rife in the farming industry. The cruelty can come from the farms themselves, or slaughterhouses.
Laws, such as the ag-ga laws help cover up cruelty. Ag-gag laws are put in place to stop people from filming or taking photos in places such as farms, and slaughterhouses. It means that exposing animal abuse in the farming industry is becoming harder, not easier.
The only way to prevent animal cruelty in the farming business is to not eat animals, or buy animal products.
You wouldn't eat your pet cat or dog, your pet cat or dog is not different from the farm animals which are killed for food.
We are conditioned to see farm animals, as somehow different than 'pets'. But, the only difference is, is the illusory labels that we put on them.
It is not only your cat or dog which feels happy, and playful, all of the farm animals that you eat are naturally that way too.
The final reason that you should not eat animals is because most of them are locked in tiny cages that they cannot move around. imagine living in a cage that you could not move around in for your whole life? Imagine never being able to smell fresh grass, or being outside to experience the sun. That is the life that most of these animals live.
This is an extremely cruel, and torturous thing to do to animals. Many people who eat meat claim that ''it's natural'', but, this is not natural. It is not natural to have factory farmed animals.
These are just some of the reasons that you should not eat animals. Animals are special, and just like us. They deserve to live.