My brother asked me the above question re: eating meat. I’m a vegetarian and he’s not. We both grew up in a food-centric and meat-eating French household. Here’s my response.
I think it’s pretty much demonstrably *wrong*. It’s clear enough that it’s not worth arguing about.
Eating animals causes immense, unimaginable suffering to loving, empathetic, feeling individuals, and we can live easily and well without doing so. Also, it is enormously bad for the environment, and has spurred the evolution of diseases resistant to antibacterials. To me, the first thing is enough.
In a nutshell, that’s it. That’s all you should need to know to make your decision on the morality of the practice.
Yes, these arguments are mostly actually against factory farming, and you can eat meat that only comes from well-treated animals who are killed humanely. In practice, though, that isn’t what meat eating is. Meat eating is factory farming.
But if you’re asking whether I judge people for eating meat, I sincerely don’t. The reasoning for this is more difficult for me to unpack so I won’t do it here. I think it has to do with the difference between making judgement on people versus their actions versus a cultural practice. It also has to do with forgiveness and faith, and involves a fair amount of doublethink to keep myself sane.