Why I’m a carnivore!
I’m a Carnivore because it is in my blood to be a carnivore. Animals all over the world eat other animals but we don’t tell them to stop. So it is okay for them because they are ‘Animals’? Well I’m an animal too. Ridiculous.
Yeah, certain animals live by eating other animals, and other animals do not, what relevance does that have to what humans do? You’re selectively identifying with carnivores (which humans are not) doing something they have to do, in order to justify something that you want to do. It doesn’t work that way. Other animals may kill their own children, or those of others (of the same species) too. They will urinate or defacate anywhere, and don’t bury their dead, but instead leave them to be used by the earth or other animals. Certainly many species do not practice monogamy*, and many will also fight to near death over mates and/or territory. Just because other species may do those things, doesn’t give you a valid justification for doing them yourself, obviously. No one would be able to justify any of the above behaviours because other species do them too.
So, now we’ve got that out of the way, consider the difference between non-human animals and humans.** While non-human animals don’t have comfort or security in having enough to survive to be able to make choices, humans do have such comfort and security (typically). This means that non-human animals will use every useable resource available to them to the best of their ability. Non-human animals also don’t have (as far as we are aware) the ability to make moral decisions based on the wellbeing of other species (to the same degree), humans do have that ability. Humans can both pick and choose what food to eat (opting for plant-based over flesh-based), and factor in the well being of other species when doing so. You have to admit that non-human animals are exploited and slaughtered to produce animal products, so why would it be justified to support and benefit from that when there is an alternative? There is no justificiation for causing harm unnecessarily.
Additionally, while there is some debate as to whether humans are, biologically, herbivores or (opportunistic) omnivores, I can say with certainty that no human is a carnivore. So you’re incorrect in using that word.
*That’s not to say that monogamy is inherently good or important, but when people enter into such a relationship they can’t justify cheating just because some other species of animal isn’t monogamous.
**Note: when I say that non-human and human animals are different, I am not saying that one or the other is superior. We don’t have to be the same to be equal. This should go without saying, but regularly people seem to misinterpret.