Hello again Debbie,
Why would the gorilla who is a complete herbivore have canines that are much sharper than ours?
Why would God create a desire in the animals to live and a want not to be killed by humans, if that is the purpose of the animals?
Why would a Loving and Compassionate God, act against the love and compassion of the animals - who don't want to get killed by humans?
Why would a Loving and Compassionate God create misery and suffering in animals and their families, by allowing us to kill them and eat them?
Why would God command humans to be vegan in Genesis 1:26, showing how He wants people to live?? And this was before the "fall".
Why would our anathomy be the anathomy of a herbivore?
Why are animal products bad for our physical health if we are supposed to eat them, and causes cancers, heart diseases, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and other diseases?
Humans having the body of an herbivore [see footnote 1], animal products being bad for us , and us having not nutritional need at all for animal products , claiming that we are a predator is an erroneous statement. Just like the gorillas, cows and horses and many other animals we are herbivores. Just like cows, we can eat meat, however it is not good for our body, and not good for us spiritually .
We can’t look at other species, and justify our behavior, just because there are predators that hurt and kill other beings. There are many behaviors that some predators do that we would never justify, and if we use this methodology almost any human behavior can be justified. Put a small bunny in the same room as a small child. She will not try to hurt and kill the bunny. Hurting and killing other sentient beings is something that is contradictory to our inner nature, our loving, compassionate and nonviolent nature; and is something that is only learnt by the indoctrination of our culture, which has reduced animals to being commodities. Doing this as a regular habit, we disconnect ourselves to the animals, and we lose some of our capacity to understand that it is wrong to take the life of another being - who is consciousness just like us. Just because they have been given another body than us, doesn't mean that there is any essential difference. This is also discussed in the wonderful book World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle . If you visited a slaughterhouse you would see that the animals don’t want to die and that they suffer tremendously when someone is taking their precious life.
1.http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html; 2. http://www.adelicatebalance.com.au/ ;3. http://www.drmcdougall.com/ ; http://www.forksoverknives.com/
4. www.worldpeacediet.org ; good lecture here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PkQrJZYZN4&NR=1&feature=endscreen