To start off I want to just make clear that I am a raw vegan (and 19 and male at that
). But I don't like just following something for the sole purpose of it seeming like a good idea - I like doing my research, and ask a lot of questions (maybe I'm too thorough?). Also please keep in mind that if your reasoning for not eating animal products is based on a 'no animal cruelty' philosophy, then you have my deepest respect. However, I am one that has chosen the raw lifestyle based on personal health and well being; and thus am speaking from that view point. So here it goes...
I was thinking today about all the reasons we have as to why humans should not eat flesh. And after all I have read, I have found the main argument is that we are not built like most carnivores (meaning no claws, we aren't fast, etc.). But I feel that we may have over looked something. And that is, our intelligence.
Sure I don't reason that be were ever meant to eat large game; such as bear, dear, rhino, elephant, yak, etc. etc... but I do ponder the possibility that we may indeed be intended to eat small game: rabbit, fish, wild bird, etc. This is based off of our higher intelligence. We do not need claws when we have the intelligence to formulate a small trap out of twigs.
Many argue that without guns and the like (if we were naked and without technology), we would only live off of live plant foods. And I must agree, or at least to a level of about 95%. What I mean is that perhaps we are designed to eat live plants for about 90-99% of the time. And every once in a while we were also intended to eat a fish, or a rabbit, or what have you. For example: I hear a bear, with its amazing faculties for killing other animals, actually only eats a diet of about 3-5% meat and the other 95-97% is vegetation, berries, fruit, etc. But have we considered the prospect that we don't need sharp claws as humans when we have a sharp mind?
Even if I am right, I would not think we were intended to eat more meat then say that of a bear (3-5%). Because if our meat intake is based on our intelligence only, I don't see us in the early years of life on this earth being able to trap more then a very minute amount of these small games - One trap may take a couple days or more to actually produce a catch. So my view of a raw diet has not changed through this thought process (I still view it as the optimum diet)!
Also as a side note: I venture to say that these animal products, if it so turns out that we may indulge on a miniscule basis, should be also consumed raw. Meaning the oriental dish (I believe its Japanese if my memory so serves me) sashimi is perhaps the best choice. And also, if it is land meat I believe it should be "small game" like rabbit, bird, squirrel, etc. And if it is we should eat fish then it should be river fish like salmon and trout (not ocean fish like halibut, shrimp, etc.). And perhaps even muscles and crustaceans, since they may grow along the shore where beach dwelling humans may have been able to reach them.
Well there you have it, my hypothesis. By no means do I think I am correct, I am only giving birth to the possibility. What are we if we do not question what we are taught? And for the record, I will not be changing my diet. Unless however, I find that I am correct in my thoughts above, and will then test this idea on myself (and will only then decide if this is what I feel is truly the correct diet). For all those interested I welcome you to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will keep you posted on my findings. And for everyone, even if you would not like me to keep you informed, please do respond. I welcome, and would love, to hear your feed back on this topic. I know some will welcome the idea, some will hate the idea, and others may not know entirely how they feel. But regardless to your thought process, we must share our opinions, for knowledge is only gained through the questioning and hypothesizing and then research of many individuals.
So I look forward to your feedback and comments (and perhaps an email or two), and wish you all the best of luck with your raw diet.