The article below, originally from One Green Planet, explains why I had no option but to go vegan. You can’t have a society that consumes as many animals as we do in a capitalist economy and expect that there is some way we can do it without causing suffering and death. And ‘humane’ practices lead to greater environmental destruction.
The only option I can see is to stop consuming animals altogether. We are destroying our planet’s ecosystem – the one that makes it possible for US to live here.
At some point, hopefully very soon, we have to wake up and realise, we can’t continue with our heads in the sand, we do terrible, terrible things and we have to stop. The type of cage we confine animals to is irrelevant – they are still breed and held against their will, usually in horrible and abusive conditions and then they are slaughtered, and there is no ‘humane’ way to kill someone against their will.
When I read about some of these campaigns with a vegan perspective I feel outraged. It is all marketing spin from the industry. Yet, for years I brought into it and ate ‘free-range’. I am angry with myself for being so gullible. If I had spent even 20 minutes really thinking it through I would have realised what BS it was, but I DIDN”T WANT TO think about it because then I would have had to change my behaviour.
I am confused about why vegans support these campaigns. We know they are wrong. We know people need to face it head on and change. I know people need time to change. But if we (vegans) don’t show them where the goalposts are, who else will?
In the last several years, multiple farmed animal welfare improvements have been announced and implemented through the enactment of new laws and company initiatives. These welfare improvements have included actual or planned bans on battery cages, gestation crates, veal crates, and bodily mutilations. Each of these welfare victories have been the result of intense campaigning by many animal rights activists and organizations, sometimes over a period of many years.
There is no doubt that these improvements make a difference to animals. Battery cages, gestation crates, veal crates, and bodily mutilations are terribly cruel practices that totally rob animals of the ability to live natural and healthy lives. But is focusing on the production of meat and other animal products with higher animal welfare standards worth the time and resources that we pour into them? Is there any chance that they may actually have unintended negative consequences?
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