I am a vegetarian. I do not eat meat- beef, chicken, fish- nothing of the sort. I was a vegan for approximately three years before I included dairy and eggs back into my diet about a year ago.
I am also Catholic.
To say that vegans think eating meat is evil is to make a very blanket and ignorant statement. To say that they are, often, paganistic and animal-worshippers is even worse. Most vegans are simply doing what they can to promote health and to preserve the environment God has given us (and I’m NOT talking about just saving the animals.) Many vegans and vegetarians do not eat meat because of the state of the meat industry as it is today. In other words, it is not the concept of meat itself that they find “…evil.” Rather, it is the current state of the industry that they do not support. There are many who do find eating meat inherently wrong, but a good majority of them would have no problem with organic, free-range, cruelty free meat.
That said, another portion of the vegan demographic abstains from eating meat for health reasons. As a nutrition major, I can say that research supports erring on the side of less meat than too much, for a number of reasons. Those are besides the point.
Still other vegans do not eat meat simply because it grosses them out, ie. preference.
I am not trying to turn this into an argument about whether or not one should be a vegetarian. My decision to not eat meat is multi-faceted. Feel free to send me a message if you would like more info. I do not care if you eat meat, even right in front of me. I just wanted to clarify that MOST vegetarians would not make a blanket statement like “Eating meat is evil, and that is all there is to it.”
Please be well-read before making claims such as those. Most people who have been vegetarian for any extended period of time (myself included) could easily present you with an array of arguments for why they eat the way they do. You think we aren’t attacked all of the time? Most of us are prepared to defend our decision. Please be prepared before arguing statements that you can’t back up. Statements like the ones that have been made, to me, are the equivalent of “Catholics worship statues.”
After all of this has been clarified, the reasons for being a vegetarian or vegan do not apply to the Eucharst, as has been said:
-Cruelty to animals/living beings- no cruelty is involved
-The concept of “dead flesh” in your body- the Eucharist is very much “alive”
-Detrimental to health- obviously not
-Environmental-none here either
Perhaps other Veg’s would not agree, but from my point of view, this is how I see it.