We have varying opinions about whether or not eating non-vegetarian is ethical. I wasn’t particularly attracted to vegetarian food since childhood. I remember Mom used to cook sambar and curry out of leafy vegetables. I do eat veggies but I never really liked the leafy ones for some reason and asked her to cook something else for me, preferably meat. She would always complain about how little difficult for her to cook two different dishes since I was the only one in the entire family who made a fuss about it 😝
She also did not like the idea of non-vegetarian food since animals are slaughtered for the sake of consumption. We would have playful arguments about whether it was okay to eat meat. This might sound silly but here’s what I think- Unlike plants that generate food and oxygen, animals (though consumed) do not really generate food or give us oxygen. Plants always regrow even if we pluck out the fruits and vegetables. I also think that only livestock animals are meant to be eaten and other animals serve different purposes. Horses and camels are used for transportation, donkeys are used to carry luggage, and cows for milk.
We have been consuming meat since time immemorial. Even during the stone age, early men would eat animals, animals would eat other animals, and vice versa. This is the circle of life. We are still not sure about the purpose of human life, hence we cannot be sure of what the purpose of other animals is. Sadhguru had once told me that it is okay to consume anything, as long as we don’t overdo it since this would create an ecological imbalance. This made sense to me and aligns with my opinion as well.