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Why vegetarian?

In Western culture, meat is almost synonymous with sport. So why would an athlete want to consider becoming a vegetarian? While the "wherefores" are as diverse as the vegetarian body itself, most people give up meat or other animal products for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Health concerns
  • Concerns about the welfare of nonhuman animals
  • Environmental concerns
  • Social concerns such as world hunger, aesthetic, and economic concerns.
  • Believing that it is not natural for humans to eat meat.
  • Religious or spiritual reasons. Part 1 discusses general spiritual reasons as well as specific reasons in Eastern and Earth-based traditions, while part 2 discusses religious vegetarianism in the Abrahamic traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Baha'i)

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