I have been searching for articles on the internet that illustrated the importance of eating sustainable meat when I stumbled upon the following article from the site http://www.saisriskandarajah.com/happymeat/why.php As a carnivore as well as an advocate for sustainable travel, I believe it is very important that people understand how choosing sustainable meat is beneficial to both us and the animals while traveling and in everyday life. When traveling internationally, it is especially important to inquire about the local meat selections to insure you won't be eating an animal that is endangered or protected. For example, there are seven species of sea turtles and they are all protected by the Endangered Species Act ( http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/ ) ; however, only six of the turtles live in US waters. In some countries such as in the Cayman Islands, marine turtles are used for stew which is a big tourist attraction. This example illustrates how a delicacy like turtle soup is used as a tourist attraction and also a source of income for the restaurant industry. (Note: Most turtles used for soup are farmed locally in the Cayman Islands, but poaching still occurs and is not strictly regulated) The following article relates how eating sustainable meat has a positive impact on animal welfare, the environment, the economy, and personal health.
"The reasons for eating sustainable meat instead of industrially-produced meat are incredibly diverse, ranging from the ethics of how we treat people, animals and the planet to the pleasure of eating something that tastes good. These reasons fall into four basic categories:
- Animal welfare
- The Environment
- The Economy
- Your Health"