Well, there actually are hundreds of health professionals and dieticians who do argue that being vegetarian can make you healthier, I’ve already posted some information about that. Never do they claim it makes you live longer though. I guess that as you mentioned, the two do go hand in hand. Lower risk of some cancers and things like heat disease could suggest a longer life-span. I prefer to think of each thing individually though. I won’t argue with the fact that there are some things that are much easier to obtain through meat, but there are no things that aren’t obtainable without meat. Sure, you can ingest some things like iron and vitamin b12 in large doses with meat… sometimes too large of a dose. That’s not to say you can’t get these things on a plant-based diet however because you can, and it’s really quite simple. Of course there are some vegetarians who don’t get what they need. You can be a healthy omnivore or an unhealthy one, a healthy vegetarian or an unhealthy one. A vegetarian can technically live on coke, pizza, chocolate etc and still be vegetarian. It’s obviously going to be down to the individual personality of each person and how much they look after themselves. Awesome and lol… I think my pet lizard would agree with your second line there. He believes me to be his slave. I never said that the animals reason to exist on this planet is not to be eaten. I said it was to live. Millions of animals are eaten by other animals every single day. It’s the way of life. I’m not against that. I’m against factory farming. I’m against factory farming in the same way most people were against the Nazi death camps during the holocaust. It’s basically the exact same thing with the main difference being this group of living, breathing creatures cannot speak any of our languages. Therefore a large majority of the population just don’t give a crap. Did I ever say that humans and animals should have the same rights? I don’t recall ever saying that, if I did it must have been a mistake because I don’t believe that. I think that animals should have rights, their own set of rights but not the same rights as humans. Again, I’m not too sure I actually said that at any point but if I did then it’s my mistake. I’m not quite sure what you are saying here. We actually can process many different forms of grasses. Just like some other plant-eating species some are good for them while others aren’t. Maybe we can’t process all types of grass but there are definitely some that we can. There would be a lot less heart disease and diabetes in the world if people would cut down their meat intake. People just eat way more meat than they should. Just because it won’t kill you straight away many people have decided that means it should be a primary food source. Eating meat in small doses, small portions and maybe once or twice a week is okay for the human body. What most people eat is just out of hand. Even if the bonobo is our closest relative my point remains the same. Just like Gorillas, and much of the ape and chimp families the bonobo’s main diet is fruit. If their bodies etc are similar to ours then you should know that like the gorilla, their diet is something like 90% fruits and plants with a small amount of meat. Most of which is either insects or small squirrels. Not cows, pigs, sheep etc. Speaking of which. Insects are actually amazing for humans. High in protein and nutrients, very sustainable and just all round good for us. It’s a shame that there is such a stigma against eating insects in Western societies. Just like the bonobo who is our close cousin insects would make a great and valuable addition to the human diet. As a vegetarian I wouldn’t eat them of course. That’s more out of practice than anything. I actually think that the human body would have originally been designed to feed of insects and plants more than anything else. And even after all these years of evolving and adapting our food habits that it's probably still the case.