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Study finds meat-eaters to be selfish and anti-social

Posted Oct 03 2011 10:23pm

31 Aug

Three professors at two different universities in the Netherlands have studied the psychological impact of eating meat and their findings state that carnivores tend to be selfish, less social and more distant. Interestingly enough, participants in the study who looked at a picture of a cow and a steak showed a more selfish attitude in multiple choice tests, in comparison to those having been shown a tree.  One of the professors who worked on the study, Professor Roos Vonk, said that she doesn’t feel shocked, “Previous research had already shown that meat eaters think more in terms on dominance and hierarchy (who is the boss?) than vegetarians. Eating meat is also traditionally associated with status. Meat used to be much more expensive and scarcer than now. Eating meat is a way to elevate yourself above others. But by uplifting yourself, you lose connection with othes. That explains why there are more insecure people in need. It also makes people loutish when they think about meat and also feel lonely.”

While this study, clearly, cannot be used to generalize all meat-eaters as selfish, anti-social people, the study does seem to make a logical conclusion (although I’m not sure how the professors conducted the study, so that should be considered). I also don’t think this study can prove that vegans/vegetarians are ”better people” than meat eaters, but I would say that vegans/vegetarians have less mental obstacles in order to justify what we are eating. What do you think? 

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Veganism a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practical—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives." -The Vegan Society ♥
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