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Since humans are just a form of animal, aren’t we being cannibalistic when we eat the meat of other animals?

HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT MEAT
What’s the beef with meat? This question can be answered in two nutritional words: fat and cholesterol.

Too much fat. No matter how you slice it, meat is high in fat. Unlike milk, in which you can separate out part or all of the fat, you can never get rid of all the fat in meat, no matter how well you trim it. Even the lean parts are laced with fat. Extra lean select-grade beef contains around seven percent fat.

Wrong fat. Not only is there too much fat in meat, it’s the wrong kind. Nearly half the fat in meat is the artery-clogging, saturated type. And, of course, meat is also high in cholesterol. Beef fat is more saturated than poultry fat because the bacteria in the ruminant stomach of cattle hydrogenate, or saturate, the fats in the plants that cows eat. It’s like having a fat factory inside the food source.

Fat without fiber. Unlike meat, plant foods that are low in fat and high in fiber tend to pass through the intestines rapidly, causing less upset and fewer problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux. Meat has a double fault. It’s high in fat and contains no fiber, so it takes longer to empty from the stomach and pass through the intestines. While most people do not experience "indigestion" from meat, those who suffer from reflux should not eat much meat, as it may aggravate the problem.

Problems with protein. Not only are the fats in meat unhealthy, meat proteins have also recently come under fire. Recent evidence suggests that animal proteins increase blood cholesterol levels, while plant proteins, especially soy, decrease them. Meats contain high levels of the amino acid L-lysine, which increases insulin production, prompting the liver to release fat and cholesterol into the bloodstream. If L-lysine is experimentally added to animal diets, blood cholesterol levels increase by over fifty percent and the animals get plump. Studies show that substituting 30 grams of soy protein daily for a meat meal dramatically reduces cholesterol levels. So, the Japanese may have lower cholesterol levels than Americans, not only because they eat less meat, but also because they eat more soy. The quality of meat protein ranks below that of egg white, fish, and dairy products.

There lady. That is the definition of cannibalism. It is far from what you are thinking it is. Once again, what does this have to do with hunting?

Cannibalism (from CanĂ­balis, the Spanish name for the Carib people[1]), also called anthropophagy, is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh of other human beings.

The term "cannibalism" is also used in zoology to mean the act of any species consuming members of its own kind. The expression "cannibalization" is in addition used metaphorically outside of biological fields to refer to the reuse of parts or ideas or to situations such as when a company’s assets eat into its other assets. This article is about human cannibalism.

Cannibalism has recently been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia[2] and Congo.[3] Today, the Korowai are one of very few tribes still believed to eat human flesh.[4][5] It is also still known to be practiced as a ritual and in war in various Melanesian tribes.[6]

Cannibalism was widespread in the past among humans throughout the world, continuing into the 19th century in some isolated South Pacific cultures. Neanderthals are believed to have practiced cannibalism.[7][8] Among modern humans it has been practiced by various groups.[9] In the past, it has been practiced by humans in Europe,[10][11] South America,[12] India,[13] New Zealand,[14] North America,[15] Australia ,[16] the Solomon Islands,[17] parts of West Africa[5] and Central Africa,[5] some of the islands of Polynesia,[5] New Guinea,[18] Sumatra,[5] and Fiji,[19] usually in rituals connected to tribal warfare.[citation needed] Fiji was once known as the ‘Cannibal Isles’. Evidence of cannibalism has been found in the Chaco Canyon ruins of the Anasazi culture.[20]

The closely related practice of headhunting continued in Europe until the early 20th century in the Balkan Peninsula and to the end of the Middle Ages in Ireland and the Scottish Marches.[21]

31 thoughts on “Since humans are just a form of animal, aren’t we being cannibalistic when we eat the meat of other animals?

  1. Jennifer says:

    Ok.

    So when I hunt I should just leave the carcass in the woods instead? Hmm, seems like a waste
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  2. canux1 says:

    You eat what you want, and I’ll eat what I want. What’s your point? That meat is bad for you? Don’t eat it then.
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  3. Mike says:

    LOL this is actually kind of funny.

    Good luck trying to get the human race to stop eating meat. I think you might have a little more luck if you stop humping trees. That’s tree abuse you know.
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  4. Mary says:

    Wow, I didn’t read that. But I don’t eat meat.
    Cannibalism is when you eat human meat, so no humans aren’t practicing cannibalism when they eat meat; it’s called being a carnivore.
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  5. oiler625@verizon.net says:

    Makes me wanna go out and bag a couple of elk for the winter.
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    It ain’t beef, and it tastes better.

  6. dca2003311@yahoo.com says:

    No, we just like to eat a greater variety of foods. Cannibalistic refers to eating other humans, but I never met anyone that has actually eaten another human animal.* Have you?
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  7. newtoguns says:

    Then a cheetah is a cannibal when it eats an antelope? Good luck coming to the hunting section and trying to convince us to not eat meat. Why do vegetarians do this? I don’t go around trying to convince them to eat meat.
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  8. Mr. Gregg Andrews says:

    Wait a minute…

    So by your logic, eating a carbon based life form… such as a plant would also count as cannibalism?

    Hmm… touche my friend. Touche.

    However I am the true master of the Inane and Idiotic. I welcome all challengers to an opportunity to claim my throne of Moronic precludes.

    You are doing very, very well. I wish you the best of luck, esteemed opponent.
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  9. niteracer says:

    Yes!Is there a problem with that?
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  10. The Deadliest Mushroom says:

    Animal eating animal=carnivore.

    Human eating human=cannibal.

    Vegetarian = Latin for "Poor Hunter"
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  11. Jesse says:

    i tell you what is sick

    ripping a living being from its home
    cutting its skin off
    and killing it by dissolving it in your stomach acid

    SAVE THE CARROTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://saynotoplastic.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/peta_rabbits.jpg
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  12. Jeff says:

    beef is the least efficient conversion to protein of any critter modern man eats.

    Whats your point?

    Beef… It’s whats for dinner.

    I’d rather live 70 years eating what I like… than 72 years eating berries and twigs.
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  13. gunplumber_462 says:

    Cannibals? Not unless you eat humans.
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  14. jesse says:

    No
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  15. Hangfire says:

    Please stop talking about food, I’m already hurting from eating turkey and ham all day.
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  16. joed says:

    You use a lot of words to say nothing. Do better research. You need some cholesterol and game meat is very low in it anyway.
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  17. tk94 says:

    Since humans, animals, and vegetables are all forms of life doesn’t that mean when you devour innocent vegetables that you are a cannibal.
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  18. Annie Oakleaf says:

    You have no clue what your talking about do you?
    I’ve taken Ag. Science and there, I learned about the health benefits.. and what your saying is completely wrong.

    The proteins and other nutrients in meat IS healthy and it has ALWAYS been healthy. Now, if you want to get down to it, certain animals have leaner meat than others. Even certain breeds of livestock/game animals are leaner than others.

    Now, before you go and get on your little soap box about Americans being fat… There are overweight people in EVERY country across the world.
    And I’m about 117 lbs.. definitely NOT over weight. And I saw the answer to your last question in here… So your calling us American women broads? Aww too bad that us American women actually have things in common with the guy we are with at the time. And too bad.. we speak our minds and we are NOT submissive. Its called having a back bone- which you don’t have.

    Oh yea… for every rant like this, just means one more animal I have to shoot.. Your already in the hole by 2
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  19. BOONDOCK SAINT says:

    Hope ya know this is a rant and against yahoo guidelines. Also you don’t have a damn clue of what you are talking about so..
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  20. Llenlleawg says:

    no, it would be cannibalistic if i ate a chimp. i don’t. so there
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  21. J Kirsch says:

    Yet another anti-hunting rant posted by yet another PETA-Freak. How sad.
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  22. Josh says:

    There lady. That is the definition of cannibalism. It is far from what you are thinking it is. Once again, what does this have to do with hunting?

    Cannibalism (from CanĂ­balis, the Spanish name for the Carib people[1]), also called anthropophagy, is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh of other human beings.

    The term "cannibalism" is also used in zoology to mean the act of any species consuming members of its own kind. The expression "cannibalization" is in addition used metaphorically outside of biological fields to refer to the reuse of parts or ideas or to situations such as when a company’s assets eat into its other assets. This article is about human cannibalism.

    Cannibalism has recently been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia[2] and Congo.[3] Today, the Korowai are one of very few tribes still believed to eat human flesh.[4][5] It is also still known to be practiced as a ritual and in war in various Melanesian tribes.[6]

    Cannibalism was widespread in the past among humans throughout the world, continuing into the 19th century in some isolated South Pacific cultures. Neanderthals are believed to have practiced cannibalism.[7][8] Among modern humans it has been practiced by various groups.[9] In the past, it has been practiced by humans in Europe,[10][11] South America,[12] India,[13] New Zealand,[14] North America,[15] Australia ,[16] the Solomon Islands,[17] parts of West Africa[5] and Central Africa,[5] some of the islands of Polynesia,[5] New Guinea,[18] Sumatra,[5] and Fiji,[19] usually in rituals connected to tribal warfare.[citation needed] Fiji was once known as the ‘Cannibal Isles’. Evidence of cannibalism has been found in the Chaco Canyon ruins of the Anasazi culture.[20]

    The closely related practice of headhunting continued in Europe until the early 20th century in the Balkan Peninsula and to the end of the Middle Ages in Ireland and the Scottish Marches.[21]
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  23. Fatefinger says:

    Your not going to change our minds. Question. If you could make it a law for meat to be illegal, like in Demolition man would you? I suspect you would. Animals eat other animals.

    Chimpanzees in Africa eat monkeys. And there are countless other similar examples of predication. And that is not considered cannibalism. So you re point is moot.
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  24. Tahoeguy says:

    I hope you enjoyed your tofurky patty and hugged your tree today. Im happy to be at the top of the food chain, thank you.

    I eat Mc Donald’s too BWUHA HAHAHAHA!
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  25. stormgale89 says:

    no, cannibalism is when a member of a species eats another member of it’s own species.
    people eating meat is natural and the way of things, cannibalism is if a human would eat another human in your example, a often illegal and extremely taboo act.
    I already know from where you posted this and the huge details section of your question that you a member of a animal rights group or are a free lance vegetarian/vegan extremist, I will politely say that you never post another question like this ever again on the hunting section, this question can and has likely offended many hunters and alike that see this as a attack on their way of life.
    we hunters have never attacked your way of life without being provoked before hand, why is it that you feel pleasure in trying to change our way of life, I don’t care what organization for from, all I ask is for you to leave us alone to our ways and you do the same.
    how would you like it if told you that eating plants and meat substitutes were bad for some reason?
    you’d likely be pretty mad, and fight against that cause right? well, why do you think we’re defending ourselves? exact same reason as the example.
    also, this is classified as a rant by yahoo’s guideline rules, try to follow them for a change.
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  26. Reb says:

    Nah, I’ll stick to my stake have fun with your salad tough.
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  27. Lance Boyle says:

    Why don’t you take this vegetarian rant to an appropriate vegan message board? That way you’ll be around like minded individuals who will not ridicule and embarrass you as we will here. This is not the forum for this type of nonsense.
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  28. Hall says:

    can someone pass me the steak sauce
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  29. Haste says:

    o no, guys I just literally laughed my ass off, what do I do? is this bad?
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  30. indy says:

    get out a dictionary dumb butt and look up the word cannibal….you embarrass yourself every time you post on here
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  31. ShortyG says:

    You should join P.E.T.A. – People Eating Tasty Animals.
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