The article “Adjust Mindset” by Fred Colcer talks about how human beings feel obliged to rear animals despite the health challenges linked to creatures. For some, keeping animals is comparable to having air and water (Colcer, 2016). The writer notes that flu and mad cow diseases are both the results of people rearing animals for meat. He urges people to avoid this farming method if they are to stay safe from such consequences. However, Colcer’s premises do not provide strong arguments on why human beings should completely shun the practice.
The author’s premise on animal cruelty is logical but, on closer inspection, is false because the creatures must be killed to be eaten. Slaughtering does not necessarily amount to brutality, especially where the process is undertaken professionally. The author offers the absence of disease outbreaks in India owing to the lack of animal keeping for food as a premise, but this is incorrect since the Indian population is not entirely vegetarian. The level of epidemics linked to animals might be minimal, but that does not mean there is entirely no such occurrences.
Colcer has a genuine concern which he backs up with multiple reasonable premises. However, even if all the arguments are correct, they fail to provide enough support for the conclusion on why humans need to change their mindset on animals and meat-eating. The deduction draws on claims about “koko” made by an unnamed writer in an untitled letter that notes that a vegan gorilla is smarter than non-vegan individuals.
Colcer, F. (2016). Adjust Mindset. The Bakersfield Californian. Web.