I think I would in as much as there is no strong fatwa against it
I just listened to Mark Post on BBC Hardtalk (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01dsyr5
). I like his enthusiasm and optimism on the project but I wonder if they have done a thorough BCR analysis or EIA to be specific? I doubt that! The presenter reminded him of the assertion that people are eating amount of meat more than their system require which he agreed upon, then isn't cut-down campaign the right way to go?
That aside, doing away with livestock would be a huge disruption to the ecosystem which in it self is a threat to the environment. Its effect on humans may be severer than any other specie extinction. I would love to hear Professor Allan Savory's opinion on this issue whose decades of research on climate change made him to believe that the only solution for it is to cultivate more livestock!
I think this guy has given me a research topic for my PhD.
I would want to know how the environment and we (humans) would be affected by removal of livestock from our ecosystem. If you don't understand what I am trying to hint here go read on researches on why risk of rabbis infection in India and Pakistan has surged in the past decade. You may find out that it was because vultures population went down tremendously whose place was then taken by dogs!
Allan savory on TED http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change.html
I like this comment under the pcmag article:
I am a meatatarian. Plants have feelings too and have been exploited by people and animals far too long! Any animal that would eat plants deserves to be shot, bled out, slaughtered, cut up into filets, grilled, and slapped on my plate with some
A vegetarian on an airplane once lectured my father about his meat based meal, saying the fear of the animal was imprinted on the flesh when it was killed. He told her she was right; he grew up on a wheat farm and the wheat was cut and threshed right when it was ripe and it was imprinted on the grain. He offered her his roll, saying he couldn't eat it knowing what the wheat went through to provide a meal.
Very interesting! We discuss this a LOT in my geography and biology classes - about how the way that we're maintaining our livestock is simply unsustainable - meaning, we just can't keep this up, the millions of zillions of cows being mass-produced, basically. I think that the solution isn't 'not keeping livestock' or 'not having farms' - it's making our food more groundroots. We wouldn't eat half so much meat if we had to, for example, keep our livestock in our community. I personally find the idea of 'growing' meat creepy - but it's being investigated as a viable alternative to the huge beef farms that we currently depend on for our big Macs...
Haha my family are meat-lovers (including me) so I hear a LOT of fun made of vegetarians - but when I'm not around halal meat, I eat vegetarian, and it's not so bad. I know a whole lot of vegetarians, and the reason they don't choose to eat meat is usually nothing to do with 'killing animals' - it's with how the animal is treated before it's killed. They don't believe in supporting meat industries that make animals live in very, very unhealthy condition, which end up having really bad effects on the us through our food! I think that that's something that we should think about as Muslims too.
Sadah - what exactly do you mean by the effect on the environment if we remove livestock? I think that 'normal-sized' livestock would be interesting to investigate - but the huge livestock farms, in the states for example, are really unnatural and have a terrible effect on the environment, and reducing their size is generally considered beneficial.