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  1. Introduction
  2. Regan's explanation for his meat eating
  3. Can a sentient being have a soul
  4. The Kashrut laws
  5. Picturing the origins of fast food
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

The abolitionist movement in slave-era America was clear-cut and its ethos was simple: Free all slaves in the name of human rights. Looking back centuries later at those who argued for slavery, most would find holes in their argument that Africans were meant to be slaves because of their racial inferiority and lack of civilization. The great golden empires of Mali were obviously ignored, as well as the fact that mothers were screaming and crying for their children as they were thrown into nets and hauled away from their villages. Africa had numerous political systems and governments before the age of slavery, and it's obvious that an African person can feel physical and emotional pain and distress like any other human being. As for intelligence, Africans and African-Americans merely needed to be given a chance to produce such minds as George Washington Carver and Thurgood Marshall. Can any argument on so-called racial inferiority be offered today that can't be refuted by a non-Eurocentric look at history and biology?

[...] Different neurological disorders have been found in cannibalistic cultures that ingest human brains, and after the Mad Cow Disease controversy of the mid-90s, it was discovered that a cow eating cow brains would have the same effects, as would the human who would eat the cow. Prions, nerve proteins in the brain, can be affected by abnormally shaped prions from other brains entering the body, and the result can be large sponge-like holes in one's brain from the battle of the incompatible cells. [...]

[...] After the passing of his beloved family dog and the grief he and his wife suffered, he became a vegetarian in recognition of the fact that all animals should be equal on levels of remorse. This passage is intended to strike the reader's heart early, because it can be assumed that at one time or another; most people have loved an animal dearly, whether it was a childhood kitten or TV's heroic Lassie. The common argument arises of the value of a pig over a German shepherd. [...]

[...] Unfortunately, corporations and economics have people in a bind. The meat, dairy, and fur industries are multi-billion dollar conglomerates, and the number of vegetarians in the United States still lingers at less than of the population. A similar situation arises with the problem of Global Warming and the world dependency on oil: There is only a limited supply of oil, and it harms the environment and endangers humans through climate change and petty wars if we continue to use it rather than a viable alternative such as corn ethanol. [...]

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