I came across a very long (and detailed) article on vegetarianism in the UK. Its called [[http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/vegetarian.html|the naive vegetarian]]. I think all vegetarians should atleast go through it. While I don’t quite agree with everything mentioned in the article, I think it does make a lot of interesting points.
For instance, the author advocates non-vegetarianism purely on economic and historical reasons. He uses answers to questions such as “would we survive if we all turned vegetarians” or “how many animals are killed if 1 sq km. of land is used for farming plants vs. farming animals” to motivate non-vegetarianism.
The conclusion of the article comes across as a little bit contradictary to me. First the author says,
> Meat eaters must have sympathy for and agree with the animal rights campaigner where animals, which should be grazing in fields, are confined to pens and battery houses while their natural habitat is turned into golf courses and leisure grounds for us.
And then 2 lines later, he says:
> The Western vegetarian at the moment is in a very privileged position. So long as not too many join him, he can afford to indulge his naïve dietary fads in a way that is denied to most of the people of this Earth. While he ponders on this fact, he might also apply himself to Kant’s Categorical Imperative which may be rewritten:
Nonetheless a very interesting read.