Why do humans "need" to cook animal meat?
It seems there's an aspect of safety to it: are other animals (eg, house cats, dogs) not vulnerable to the same diseases we get from modern food processing of meats?
But it also seems there's something else to it: is raw animal flesh is harder to digest for us, no matter how fresh or processed?
I've read so many conflicting things about it, like how cooking is really a way to avoid disease, but that the human body is capable of processing protein from raw meat just the same. An example is how other countries eat raw meats that Americans would not. But then I've also read things about how cooking meat is what allowed humans an energy advantage early in our development as a species (I'm not clear how more calories are "unlocked" by cooking) or how denatured protein plays some role in usability. I also know that my person experience with raw meats doesn't help me understand it, because sushi seems to be fine but raw eggs will upset my stomach.