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Ancient Greek Historian Plutarch Might Have Been the First Vegetarian

PlutarchAncient Greek historian Plutarch could be considered the first outspoken vegetarian, as he was considering that it is “immoral” to eat animal flesh.
In his book “Morals,” Plutarch has a chapter on meat eating in which he writes that since man has access to so many fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, it is inconceivable that he is forcing himself to eat bloody animal flesh “trying to cover the taste of blood with thousands of spices.”
“Ι wonder what sensation the first man who put his lips on the blood of a dead animal felt. He put his mouth on the flesh of an animal that was killed. Lining up on his table stale carcasses. He called delicacies those parts the animal was using to roar, speak, move and see. How could his eyes stand the sight of the blood of slaughtered, skinned and quartered creatures? How could his nose bear the stench? How could his mind not avert his tongue to touch foreign ulcers, to enjoy juices and fluids of mortal wounds?” Plutarch describes in a paragraph.
Plutarch also argues that man was not made to eat meat: “The fact that man was not made to eat meat is evident in his body structure. Indeed, the human body does not look at all like the bodies of animals made to eat meat. Man has no protruding lips, sharp teeth, sharp nails, hard stomach and hot breath able to process and digest the heavy components of meat. Man’s nature, with the flat teeth, small mouth, soft tongue and weak breath for digestion precludes meat eating.”
The historian and essayist continues that if man insists that he has to eat meat, he has to kill the animal with his bare hands, not using axes, arrows or knife. He argues that animals that are made to eat flesh, kill other animals on their own without the use of weapons or other devices. Then, man must tear the animal with his teeth and eat it raw, like natural meat eating beasts do.
Plutarch also argues that by roasting or boiling the meat, he alters its taste and then he fools himself by using spices and honey to cover the taste of blood and hide his guilt for eating something that had a soul. He also fools his tongue for tasting something that is foreign.

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