Can We Eat Animals Ethically On A Paleo Diet?

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The answer to this question largely depends on who you ask. You see there are three types of people in this world, Paleo, Vegan or Vegetarian, and everyone else. It seems like an odd perspective to come at this topic from. However, it is the perspective that will give the answer to this question the most justice.

For those not familiar with the Paleo diet, also known as the “caveman diet”, here’s a quick breakdown. The diet consists of meat to include chicken, beef, pork, and fish. You can also eat vegetables, fruit, and nuts while on the Paleo diet. There are some grey area foods that many Paleo followers will include in their diets, while others completely exclude them, but that is a whole other topic, that is best left for another discussion!

Paleo Perspective
So lets ask the question again. Can we eat animals ethically on a Paleo diet? The answer is absolutely. It is actually encouraged. There is a strong emphasis in the Paleo community on purchasing meat, fruits, and vegetables from local farmers who treat their animals ethically. This means that their animals are not grown in a factory or science lab. Their animals are allowed to roam free and are grass fed, closer to the way nature intended. It is important to note that some members of the Paleo community eat grass fed animals because they actually care about the way they are treated. Others eat grass fed animals because they feel its a step closer to the wild animals our ancestors ate.

Vegan or Vegetarian Perspective
Ask the same question to a vegan or vegetarian, and most would answer no. Not just no, but NO! Eating animals, no matter how they were raised and cared for is just plain wrong. Ethically wrong, end of story. Under no circumstances is it okay to harm an animal for the sake of having something on your dinner plate. That’s a big reason why some choose to convert to that lifestyle.

Everyone Else
Everyone else will fall somewhere in between the views mentioned above. Some believe animals can be included in their diet provided the animal is cared for ethically before it reaches their dinner plate, while the vast majority honestly could care less about the quality of their meat or where it comes from, so long as it’s seasoned well and cooked medium rare.

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