This nut cutlet reckons a meat industry commercial claiming that humans have evolved to thrive on red meat is misleading. But we humans are omnivorous creatures, and our metabolisms have indeed evolved over millions of years so that a daily menu including meat is the simplest way for us to maintain a balanced, nutritious diet (though not the vast quantities of saturated fats and refined sugars typical of modern western societies). It’s certainly possible to achieve a balanced vegetarian diet, but it’s more complex and requires care and nutritional awareness (not bad qualities to cultivate, I must admit).
Richard King’s real objection to meat and the industry commercial, however, seems to be that some animals are farmed and slaughtered inhumanely. I guess he must be a vegan. He sees it as a moral imperative. I don’t think much of battery hen establishments or some quadruped feedlots either. But has Mr King considered how much more gruesome would be the fate of many of these creatures in the wild? Being torn apart by predators or dying slowly and painfully of thirst and hunger in a drought?
And has he thought about the fact that Roald Dahl might be right, that plants might really scream in tiny, agonised voices as they’re torn out of the ground? Should Richard King also be protesting against the heartless slaughter of feedlot asparagus? Or is he a pampered inner-urban latte-sipping wanker who should grow up and get a life and stop imagining that he’s elevated himself to a superior moral plane by eating mung beans and lentils? I’ll leave you to decide. I’m going out to get a big juicy fillet steak.