Wow, I think I just completed my bingo card. If this was Las Vegas, I’d be rich by now.
"People have been eating meat since the beginning of time."
I don’t quite think we have since “the beginning of time”, but let’s just say we’ve been doing it for a long time now. So what? Imagine what a world this would be if our current actions were based on what our ancestors did. We wouldn’t evolve. We’d be stuck with medieval habits and medieval morals. We could just kill each other without being held responsible! But no. We keep evolving. And as we evolve, we develop new morals. And those new morals bring new habits and new laws. And that’s how we build this society.
"Animals should not be killed like they are today."
Indeed, they should not.
"There’s just to many people who eat meat and it’s not right to make someone feel bad because of something they like."
So if someone likes beating puppies, it’s not right for me to make them feel bad for it? What if they like throwing garbage into the sea? What if they like assaulting old ladies and stealing their jewelry? Oh, but they love sapphires so much.
Before you tell me “it’s different because that’s against the law and not the norm”, let me remind you lots of awful things were once legal and common practice. The fact that a lot of people are doing it right now doesn’t mean it’s morally acceptable.
"Vegans seem more like assholes then people trying to help animals and trying to get people to stop eating them."
That’s your appreciation. What vegans are saying is that an action you partake in is wrong. But instead of reflecting upon that action, you’re taking it personally, as an attack. It’s not a personal attack. I’ve been in your place. I’ve also been told my actions were wrong. But I understood this is not about us. Just think about the real victims here.
"There are animals who eat each other."
And there are animals who don’t. There’s no reason for us to do it.
"Animals eat humans. Are you gonna tell an animal not to eat humans who are fully born sentient beings?"
The difference here is that nonhuman animals can’t be held morally responsible for their actions. You don’t see lions in courtrooms, do you? Only humans are moral agents, because morality is a concept we’ve created. And if we establish certain rules, we have to play by those rules at all times, and not cling to nature or “animals do it” when it suits us. If we say it’s morally wrong to harm others unnecessarily, we have to be consistent. And right now our society is far from being consistent. That’s what we want to change.