“In a world without mercy, it was to eat or to be eaten.”
Butchering and eating other living beings is so uncivilised and so yesterday – or rather, so Stone Age. That’s the message in PETA Germany’s humorous video ad, which challenges people to bring their diets into the 21st century.
The Stone Age is over, and we live in a new age. Numerous maladies are linked to meat consumption – such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes – and a growing body of evidence indicates that plant foods are the healthiest choices for humans. After all, our closest living relatives, great apes, eat mostly vegan foods. What’s more, hominids – including gorillas, chimpanzees, orang-utans, and humans – have short, blunt canine teeth and flat molars, which are more suited to grinding plants than tearing flesh. Humans’ long intestinal tract is more similar to that of a herbivore, like an elephant or a lemur, than to the short digestive tracts of true carnivores, such as lions and tigers, or even omnivores, such as bears and raccoons.
There’s no need to consume meat – the time of the hunter-gatherer has passed. Those of us who live in the developed world with its ample food choices can visit our local supermarket for veggie sausages, soy burgers, seitan steaks, and many other vibrant vegan foods instead of eating animals.