Animal Rights And The Health Benefits Of Meat

1774 Words Oct 31st, 2016 8 Pages
Since the beginning of time, civilization has been dependent upon hunting for survival. Hunting provided meat for individuals, families and tribes; it was essential for man’s survival. Today many animal rights groups, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), rally to abolish hunting. In today’s society hunting may not be necessary for our survival, but hunting still provides many benefits to both man and the animal population.
Even though our ancestors did not have the nutritional knowledge we have today, they recognized the health benefits of meat. Meat is high in protein,which is essential for brain development and loaded with vitamins such as B3, B6, B12, iron and zinc which are all necessary for healthy bodies. Today our grocery stores are packed with processed meats which have been treated with steroids, antibiotics and preservatives. The color is enhanced with dyes to make the meat appear fresh for longer periods of time. Our ancestors didn’t have the choices of our modern meat markets and grocery stores, but they were eating healthier than we eat today. Their meat was fresh, low in cholesterol and fat, lacking preservatives and they appreciated the animal that provided the meat. Hunting wasn’t killing, it was essential.
Hunting has definitely evolved over time. Consequently, most hunt for sport and recreation rather than a method of survival. However, most hunters still respect their kill. Maybe the need to hunt isn’t the same for everyone, but…
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