Essay about Negative Stereotypes of Vegetarianism

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Years ago it would have been unheard of for anyone to not eat meat on a daily basis, since during one period of time it was considered a staple for some. However, meat eaters started to pay attention to what they were consuming once Upton Sinclair’s famous novel The Jungle was published in the early 1930’s. It drew so much attention that the Pure Food and Drug Act passed to prevent the unsanitary and hazardous practices mentioned in The Jungle from happening. However, before Upton Sinclair’s novel was published few were already recognizing the ethical and nutritional (in this time period) hazards that happened because of the commercial meat industry. The International Vegetarian Union was established in 1908 and was one of the first …show more content…
This came at a time when the meat packing industry was causing mass slaughter of animals and he felt as if non-human animals were equal to humans in a spiritual sense. He often times made the connection between both of the things at hand being created by god on equal ground. One was not supposed to be above the other. After his death is 1816, the leading lights of his church wanted to expand on his ethical vegetarian teaching and began the Vegetarian Society in the late 1800’s. It was originally founded for problem areas in Europe such as health reform, the temperance movement, and the lack of meat available to people in the country (Davis). The Vegetarian Society started to uncover the true problems of the industrial meat industry by pointing to the poor sanitation habits, the lack of regulations of what could be fed to people, and the treatment of the animals being slaughtered. They stated things like all vegetable diets (beans, fruits, vegetables, and meatless options) were often times healthier, fresher, and safer to eat. They also used the religious backdrop established by Cowherd to entice those of faith to join the movement as well (Benthall 2). This movement began to spread its wings and take flight out of Europe and eventually landed in the United States. The publishing on The Jungle by Upton Sinclair brought attention to exactly what the meat industry practices were, even if this novel was fiction. Many in the United States
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