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It’s a moral challenge, I think many meat eaters recognize there is problem with their behavior so when they see you eating vegetarian or vegan food they somehow want to open the conversation and see ‘can I somehow justify what I am doing’

David Bilchards , Director of the South African institute for Advanced constitutional, Public, Human rights and international Law

Many hardline vegetarians/vegans continue to criticize meat eating, despite “ethical" and "sustainable" farming gaining momentum.

If animals are slaughtered in a humane way, farmers allow animals to roam free in the fields and be happy, shouldn’t meat eating be justified?

Professor of fundamental rights at the University of Johannesburg, David Bilchards maintains that there is no moral justification for eating meat.

I think that one can get a complete diet, health is not going to provide a justification for most people for being able to eat meat. It’s not necessary and if it’s not necessary then the question is – is it justifiable to subject animals to severe pain and suffering and torture that occurs most of the time?

David Bilchards , Director of the South African institute for Advanced constitutional, Public, Human rights and international Law

He disputes the perception that vegans and vegetarians are unhealthy and maintains there are protein alternatives like lentils and chickpeas.

I think that one can get a complete diet, health is not going to provide a justification for most people for being able to eat meat.

David Bilchards , Director of the South African institute for Advanced constitutional, Public, Human rights and international Law

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This article first appeared on 702 : Why are we still having to justify eating meat?

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