[Minnesota Daily - opinion]
In our society, we often only seriously consider an event if it
directly affects ourselves or our loved ones. It is the "what's in it
for us" mentality. I find this attitude deeply troubling, especially
in a society where the populace claims to be guided by morals.
Vegetarianism, for many, is a moral choice, but often it's considered
as a way to enhance personal health rather than an extension of moral
As creatures who pride ourselves on our progress and superior
intellect, it is our duty to act as stewards for the environment.
Eating fewer animal products or being vegetarian is effective in
helping protect the earth and its natural resources. The process of
mass-producing animals for meat is inefficient and contributes to air
and water pollution, extinction of other species and their habitats,
and the creation of greenhouse gases which contribute to global
I urge people not to think "what's in it for me?" but to look beyond
themselves to see that farm animals are suffering unnecessary
cruelties and deaths. If anything, we should know that the benefit of
vegetarianism has to do with more than the health of an individual -
it is extending the compassion that we have to all living beings.
Chance McMahon is a University student. Please send comments to