Well hello there, thank you for asking.
First off, I do not believe for a second that we are designed to eat meat. Why, you may ask? Well..
Firstly, our physical appearance. Let’s just look at our bodies for a second. Unlike other carnivores, we lack claws - something quite necessary to be able to catch, claw and kill animals, breaking apart skin an flesh in order to eat. Take a look at your hands.. do you think you would be able to rip an animal apart with your hands/nails? I know I sure wouldn’t, even with my long nails.
Speaking of eating, our teeth are also very different to other carnivores. "Oh but Rosie, if we weren’t meant to eat meat, we wouldn’t have canines!" Well, you see my little love bugs, our canines are much different to those of a lion or tiger, or even dog or cat. (Picture Comparison) Top - HUMAN, Bottom - CARNIVORE.
“Human teeth are broad, short, blunt, flat and spade-shaped like the teeth of other herbivores, not the fanged mouths of carnivores/omnivores. Most herbivores have canines, incisors and molars, which are used for ripping rough foods like apples, carrots or nuts. Some canines are also used for posturing; they are present to strike fear into the heart of any predator thinking about attacking. This is why hippos (vegans) have the fiercest canines on the planet! For the record, many people believe that lions are the kings of the jungle. But if you put a lion in a room with a hippo, the lion would look for a way out because nobody fucks with a hippo!”
If you’re still unconvinced - don’t worry, I’ve got much more in store for you!
Secondly, our digestive tract.
"Let’s compare the bodies of humans and herbivores to the bodies of carnivores and omnivores. First, the length of intestines in humans and other herbivores falls somewhere between 7 to 13 times the length of the trunk/torso section of the body (I am being generous compared to the research of Mills and the Messinas). In contrast, the length of intestines in carnivores/omnivores is only 3 to 6 times the length of the trunk/torso. (The length of the trunk/torso is used as the means of comparison rather than overall body length or height because humans are bipedal animals whereas most other animals are quadrupeds.) Moreover, the interior surface of human intestines is heavily fluted and striated, whereas the interior intestinal surfaces of carnivores/omnivores tend to be smooth in comparison. The relatively short intestinal length in carnivores/omnivores, along with the relatively smooth interior surface, allow rotting animal flesh, animal protein, casein, cholesterol, trans fatty acids and the excessive amount of fat found in all animal products to pass through quickly; that is why it’s impossible for any real carnivore/omnivore to clog their arteries. Clogged arteries, however, affects more than 50% percent of all meat, dairy and egg-eaters in this day and age!"
"But Rosie, if I don’t eat meat, where on earth will I get my protein?!"
Well, I’m glad you asked! “Contrary to the misinformation spewed forth by uninformed people, there is no shortage of protein in a vegan diet. All amino acids are found in the plant kingdom with alfalfa sprouts, almonds, bananas, bean sprouts, brazil nuts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, coconuts, corn, dates, eggplant, filberts, goji berries, okra, pecans, soy, spirulina (seaweed), squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tempeh (fermented soy), tomatoes, walnuts and wheatgrass being complete proteins. However, consuming all amino acids at one meal is unnecessary. Meat, dairy and egg-eaters receive NO benefit from eating complete animal-based proteins except having a complete chance at cancer, osteoporosis and a host of other ailments. 40 percent of the calories found in cauliflower and broccoli come from protein while most other vegetables contain around 30 percent protein. Beans, brown rice, cacao/chocolate (genuine cacao/chocolate is a bean so it’s naturally vegan), grains (all), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seed), lentils, nuts (all), seeds (all) and all vegan meats/dairy are great sources of protein, too. Even fruit has around 5 percent protein, which is the same amount of protein human babies receive from mother’s breast milk.”
Check out this chart!
"But Rosie, what about calcium! I need to drink cows milk don’t I?!"
Actually, no you definitely do not need to drink the breast milk from another species!
Here are some of the many vegan sources of calcium - açaí, apricots, avocados, beans (all), broccoli, cabbage, carob, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chickpeas (150 milligrams per 100 gram serving), chlorella, coconuts, dandelion greens, figs, grains (all), green leafy vegetables (especially parsley with 203 milligrams per 100 gram serving), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), hijiki (sea vegetable with 1,400 milligrams per 100 gram serving), lemons, lentils (all), lettuce, mangoes, miso, nuts (all especially almonds with 234 milligrams per 100 gram serving), onions, oranges, prunes, raisins, seaweed (all), sesame seeds (1,160 milligrams per 100 gram serving), soy (226 milligrams per 100 gram serving), spirulina, sprouts (all), sunflower seeds, watercress, wheatgrass, yams.
"Moreover, mother cows make milk for THEIR babies and for THEIR babies alone. They certainly don’t make milk for baby humans, adolescents humans or adult humans. The human body has no need for cow milk, just as it has no need for dog milk, giraffe milk, zebra milk, camel milk, goat milk or rhinoceros milk. The only milk that anyone ever needs comes from THEIR own mothers’ breasts! And when weaning is completed, milk is never needed again. Without a doubt, dairy is the stupidest and most unnatural ‘food’ consumed by humans. Have you ever turned on a wildlife program and watched a lion tackle an antelope—not to kill her, but to suck milk from her teats? It’s high time for vegetarian hypocrites and selfish meat-eaters to wake up! If a mother cow is lactating, and her baby isn’t present, then the mother and the baby are being tortured. No debate. No discussion. The jury is in, and this case is closed forever.”
Also, did you know that cows milk/dairy products actually leach calcium from your bones - CAUSING osteoporosis?
”Animal protein contributes to the acceleration of osteoporosis because keeping blood and tissues at a neutral Ph balance always takes priority over keeping calcium phosphate in the bones. Bones can hold out for years with insufficient calcium, but blood and tissue cannot because they need phosphate to offset the acidity. When blood and tissues become acidic with animal protein, the body withdraws calcium phosphate from the bones and uses the alkaline mineral phosphate to keep the Ph levels of blood and tissue balanced. The calcium is then excreted through our urine. Since animal products are the only sources of acidic protein, people who consume the least amount of animal protein always have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Interestingly, but not shockingly, Alaskan Eskimos, whoconsume large quantities of animal protein and rarely eat plants because of their icy environment, have the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world!”
Here’s a chart which compares a few things :)
Now, I know your question was regarding meat, but I felt the need to expand and talk about animal products in general.
"Were Humans Meant To Eat Meat?"
- 80/10/10, Dr Douglas Graham
- Becoming Vegan, Brenda Davis
- The Food Revolution, John Robbins
- The China Study - T. Colin Campbell
- Main Street Vegan - Victoria Moran
- Vegan Society
- Vegan Easy
- Veg Kitchen
- Happy Herbivore
- Chic Vegan
I know this is a lot of information, but I hope I have answered your questions as to why I believe we are not designed to eat meat.
I’m not vegan but the points she makes are really interesting and well researched. Worth reading and knowing! :>