Authors note: I am just placing scientific discovery here in a black and white sense. Animals are animals. Animals have emotions, I know. What do we do in return for our meat consumption? Positive actions would be a good start in exchange for their nutrients, in my view.
Milton (1999) findings suggested that humans have a long history of eating meat.
An ape’s gut has a colon, a large winding tube designed to process a vegetarian diet.
Human gut is dominated by the small intestines. Proteins are rapidly broken down and nutrients absorbed.
The human body doesn’t produce Vitamin A and Vitamin B12. Both of which are vital for human survival. These two are found in meat.
Interesting meta-analysis (looking at results of previous research) found this; “Our results show that meat abstention (vegetarianism or veganism) is clearly associated with poorer mental health, specifically higher levels of both depression and anxiety.” (Peak 2021)
Milton, K. (1999) A hypothesis to explain the role of meat-eating in human evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews pp 11-21 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/(SICI)1520-6505(1999)8:1%3C11
(2021) Meat and mental health: A meta-analysis of meat consumption, depression, and anxiety, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition,