Animals : A Source Of Food

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Did you know that sheep where the first known animals to have been domesticates as a source of food? This occurred in the Middle East and the proof lies in the high proportion of bones of one-year-old sheep discarded in what it now northern Iraq. Not long after, the goat followed and these two animals become the standard animals of the nomadic pastoralists, tribes that move all year long with their flocks that were guided by the availability of fresh grass. Soon, cattle and pigs are domesticated, in more settled communities (History of the Domestication of Animals). The purpose behind herding or keeping animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs is to provide needs of man. For example, they produce dung to manure the crops. Once the…show more content…
In the debate of whether or not animals should be kept for human consumption, animal activists have a strong opinion and a strong voice to back it up. Animal rights groups argue for drastic changes to – or even complete abolition of – animal agriculture. They believe that each year more than 58 billion farm and aquatic animals are unnecessarily killed for human consumption. Activists argues that humans do not need to eat animals to survive, they can do it on a completely plant based diet. The understanding in every day diet has evolved and, in the process, come to learn that plants contain all the vitamins and nutrients that the human body needs to thrive. Humans find it difficult to overcome traditional idea and ways of thinking that they rarely stop to question the fundamental ethics and underlying morality of slaughtering animals for food. “Just because something has been done a certain way for thousands of years, doesn’t make it automatically right (Srinivas). An example that fits this situation well, is the fact that when born into American culture, people are taught to believe that certain animals are for eating, others are companion animals, and others are wild animals. The idea of eating a dog or a cat is repulsive, but in other parts of the world it is something that is perfectly normal and occurs everyday. Furthermore, they stand behind the theory that humans are creating emotional pain and suffering for the animals. These animals
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