Yes, you can. Would you put your dog on a vegetarian diet? That would be cruel, wouldn’t it? And, if your dog can eat meat, why can’t you? You need the heme iron and the B12 vitamin in red meat as much as he does. Living beings eat each other, that’s a fact of life. What gives a clam a better claim to life than a carrot? Of course, I want beef to live a happy life before making it to my dinner plate. That would be an argument for eating grass-fed beef, but not for going vegan. Doesn’t that make more sense?

UCLA professor. Neuroscientist doing research on pain. Writes about science, philosophy, politics and kinky sex.