Are Animals Unnatural?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lecturers Gary Yourofsky and Kate Timko visited Roanoake Rapids, North Carolina this week in order to offer dietary advice for residents there — including the suggestion that it’s wrong to eat animals because they are not natural.

Yourofsky told a group at a local community college that, “We are not meat-eating creatures. We’re all born vegans.” He then went on about the supposed health problems related to eating meat.

To which Timko offered some odd advice, according to the Roanoake Daily Herald,

Folks, eat what comes from the ground. It is natural.

Does she mean that only plants are natural? Or that humans eating meat is unnatural, despite the fact that hominids have been doing it for as long as 2.5 million years?

The only unnatural thing here seems to be the ridiculous hoops that animal rights activists jump through to convince people not to eat meat (which probably explains their lack of success).


HCC students encouraged to go vegan. Jennifer Heaslip, Daily Herald (Roanoake Rapids, North Carolina), April 28, 2004.

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