Lions eat meat

Yes, they do. Lions are built to eat meat – they have the claws, teeth, bloodlust, speed and digestive system to catch and kill prey, and to thrive on the flesh. They do not push a cart around Walmart and pick up packaged animal products to take home and put on the grill.

How many of us have the desire or motivation to harm an animal with our bare hands? Not many. Any if we look at those hands, it’s clear the claws we have are not up to the task, and nor are our ‘fangs’. Our hands are perfect for picking fruits from trees, but not so good at slashing at flesh. Our teeth are perfect for grinding down fibrous matter but not really up to the task of ripping flesh from bone. And even if we could somehow muster the bloodlust and had the right biological equipment, how would we actually catch our prey? I don’t see many of our fellow humans being able to keep up with and bring down a gazelle.

As for our guts, if you were able to stretch them out, you would see that ours are long like a rabbit’s, which allows us to digest all the lovely fibrous vegetable matter we eat. A lion’s intestines are short because they must digest the meat quickly before it putrefies in their digestive tract and kills them. Have you ever wondered why animal products are so often associated with fatal food poisoning in people?

So, of course, lions, and tigers eat meat – they’re carnivores! At best, we can tolerate a little bit of meat in our diets, but our bodies thank us when we eat plant-based foods, and rewards us with reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

You, my friend, are not a lion.

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