Be my guest!
And herbivores in nature don’t go grocery shopping, have farmer’s markets, cook their vege, use fertilizer or pesticides, use salad dressing, or have holier-than-thou blogs.
Some plant eaters also eat rocks to help digest their food.
So go ahead. Be a real plant eater. Eat some fucking rocks.
Whoops, and then I science’d:
Chimpanzees use cooperative techniques to hunt prey
(By the way, chimps are usually not very social, and although they tend to have a loose community that they belong to, they need a lot of personal space.)
Chimpanzees use tools, including intentionally sharpened sticks, to hunt prey
Male chimpanzees may hunt for social (reproductive) purposes, not simply for nutritional needs
Japanese macaques prepare edible roots using tools and water to remove dirt and debris, apparently using salt water to improve the taste
(Unfortunately, I can’t find an available full text version of this, but if you look up ‘Japanese macaques’ and sweet potatoes, you can find summaries of the findings.)
These are just examples from primate species that I could think of off the top of my head, and look up in a few minutes. Yes, there are some disgusting, immoral things being done to the animals we use as food sources. Yes, that should stop. Yes, you have a right to make whatever food choices you want.
But fuck you, don’t feel like you’ve got a right to tell other people they’re wrong for what they eat. And don’t pretend like you’re following some kind of sanctified back-to-nature code. It’s a magical, vicious, tool-using, killing-not-only-for-food-purposes-ing world out there, and that’s actually just fine.
What all these lovely commenters said.
Plus, aren’t there some groups of humans in both traditional (Inuit springs to mind) and modern (Paleo) cultures who eat non-cooked meat with reasonably few ill-effects? I may not think they’re the healthiest diets, but people manage to live on them okay. Heck, steak tartare is essentially raw beef, and while people do worry about bacteria, most steak eaters have no problem with the pure raw meat of it all.
Also, I submit that anyone who believes all carnivores eat every part of every animal they kill has never met a cat.