Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Carnivore, vegetarian or vegan?

Have you thought about becoming a vegetarian or even a vegan? Like most people, I grew up eating meat and I continue to eat it but I know there are a lot of people who don't. Vegans go one step further than vegetarians and don't use animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. I am sure that this lifestyle is chosen with a great deal of thought and care but it seems like a waste of animals to me.

If you become a vegetarian because you don't like meat then that is fine. If you don't eat meat because you object to the farming of animals then logically you should be vegan. If you are a vegan then we can start to discuss the merits of livestock farming otherwise we agree that we still need these farms.

Farmyard animals only live because of the farming industry. If we didn't eat steak we would only have cows in zoos. Being a vegan does not lead to improving the lives of animals. How we farm our animals is a totally different matter. A higher number of vegans just means a smaller farming industry not a better one.

I value humans much more than other animals. If we can get animals to work for us then we should, and that includes, among other things, allowing them to grow up so that we can eat them. There are humane limits to the level of this work, for example I wouldn't send ponies down the pit but when the ponies were down the pit so were humans. Don't become a vegan to protect animals as you will just limit the size of the industry.

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