Vegetarian - Is a person who doesn’t eat meat. Although some people may choose to become vegetarian to improve their health, many vegetarians stop eating meat because they don’t believe its ethical to eat animals.
We think of a person who has a certain philosophical outlook, whose choice not to eat meat is a reflection of a deeper belief system in which killing animals for humans ends is considered unethical.
We understand that vegetarianism reflects not merely a dietary orientation, but a way of LIFE.
If a vegetarian is someone who believes that its unethical to eat meat, what then do we call a person who believes that its ethical to eat meat?
Currently, we use the term “meat eater” to describe anyone who is not vegetarian.
"Vegetarian" accurately reflects that a core belief system is at work: the suffix "arian" denotes a person who advocates, supports or practices a doctrine or set of principles.
In contrast, the term “meat eater” isolates the practice of consuming meat, as though it were divorced from a persons belief and values. It implies that the person who eats meat is acting outside of belief system.
In other words, we don’t see meat eating as we do vegetarianism as a choice, based on a set of assumptions about animals, our world and ourselves.
Carnism - Is the belief system in which eating certain animals is considered ethical and appropriate.
[Carnists people who eat meat - are not the same as carnivores only because carnivores are animals that are dependent on meat to survive.]