If you want to go even more in depth, check out our series of articles on individual justifications from several leading authors. Many people insist that eating animals is a€?naturala€? a€” and therefore morally neutral a€” because other animals eat animals.
Well, one could claim that our brains have also developed to become addicted to smoking, gambling, video games, alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, and harmful fast food. The same could be said for rape, slavery, murder, war, genocide and any of the other human vices that are an unfortunate part of our human legacy. This is nothing more than a prejudicial, unreflective judgement that has no basis in any serious understanding of who farmed animals are and what their complex social and emotional lives tell us. There is a reason why we don’t hesitate to walk our dogs in the park on the grass, yet if someone were to kick our dog on that walk in the park, we would find this morally objectionable. Even if we may not know or agree exactly where to draw the line, we can easily rule out the most gratuitous and unnecessary forms of animal exploitation and suffering simply by replacing egg, dairy and flesh products (including fish) which account for at least 99% of all animals exploited for food.
Vitamin B12 is the only nutrient essential to human health that can not be obtained from plants or sunlight. While it is true that plants do not produce vitamin B12, neither do animals inherently produce it. Thanks in large part to the dominionist paradigm and pro-meat biases of hunger relief organizations like Heifer International, there is a common misconception that impoverished communities in arid climates are more suited to farming animals than to growing crops to feed themselves. Many other challenged regions of the world are already forced to import food staples.A According to some leading climate scientists, climate change will soon make these regions inhospitable to both raising livestock and cultivating food crops, forcing their populations to obtain food from outside sources. There are people whose job it is to write advertisements designed to make young people want to smoke. This is not to underestimate the fact that people have bills to pay,A and must feed themselves and their families.
Consider also that modern animal farming methods have drastically reduced jobs in the farming sector.
As people eat less meat, dairy and eggs, and more plant-based alternatives, new jobs and industries will be created. The very existence of labels like a€?free range,a€? a€?cage-free,a€? and a€?humane certifieda€? attests to societya€™s growing concern for the welfare of animals raised for food. By portraying the relationship between farmer and the animals he exploits as consensual, we, as the consumers of his products, are misled into believing that other animals don’t mind being used against their will, thereby reducing the issue to one of how we treat them. We don’t systematically test on, breed, raise and violently kill billions of human babies for profit and taste. Yet animals do not consentA to being commodified, or to being engineered to produce milk and eggs at a far higher capacity than their bodies were designed for, or to being forced into captivity and confinement, or to being sexually violated to produce offspring, or to having their offspring taken from them, or to being killed against their will while in their youth. There is actually a hidden judgment in the statement a€?Dona€™t judge.a€? If you claim that people should not be judged for eating animal products then you are simultaneously making the judgment that an animala€™s entire lifetime of experiences is worth even less than satisfying some trivial, momentary taste sensation. If you care about animals and feel compelled to defend them, chances are youa€™ve come across knee-jerk accusations claimingA youA are a€?pushing your agenda,a€? forcing your ideas down their throat,a€? or a€?spreading propaganda.a€? So, why dona€™t other social justice advocates face the same accusations? The Bible and religion in general have historically been used to justifyA rape, incest, infanticide, murder, war, racism, sexism, homophobia, slavery, and many other acts of violence, oppression and persecution. The scriptures of most world religions describe a golden age in which humans lived peaceably on earth without bloodshed. In Eden, all creatures lived peacefully, and God told both humans and animals to consume only plant foods.
Dogs are not obligate carnivores, and in fact much of the scientific literature classifies them as omnivores. Whenever we base an argument on an appeal to the mob mentality, we commit a logical fallacy that concludes something is true simply because a critical mass of people believe it to be true. To explore Joy’s work more in depth, check out her excellentA presentation on carnism. If you were unaware of your murderer’s premeditated intention to kill you before he shot you point blank in the head, and you felt little or no pain or suffering before the life was snuffed out of you, would this make the murderer’s act any less immoral? Whether humans are more subjectivelyA important to us than other animalsA is not relevant to our unnecessary exploitation of billions of animals for food. A common reaction to animal advocates is that we only care about animals or care more about animals than humans. Yes, but the detrimental impact to animals from a vegan diet is astronomically less compared to raising and killing animals for food.
Even non-vegans already believe that the world would be a better place with less suffering. The notion thatA it’s impossible to be 100% vegan, so why try?A implies that if we cannot raise food without harming anyone, then we might as well raise and kill whatever we want. This is such a well thought out, informative article covering all the major justifications we always hear. The wide scope of online identity fraud has goaded the FBI, FTC, and independent businesses to issue warnings on how to avoid online scams and keep yourself protected.
Always question e-mails and opportunities that seem too good to be true, because they almost always are.
Variations of this scam have been around in snail mail form since the 1920s, but they have only become more advanced as technology has grown.
This scam is particularly despicable because it victimizes those who have already been victimized. A recent spin has the scammers pretending to be legitimate companies such as Google, Microsoft, or a security company, telling you they’ve remotely caught a virus. Contact the supposed funeral service if the e-mail looks suspicious, to confirm the funeral. Reblobbing again because I totally didn’t notice some of the weirdness in the second list. Chicken breasts (especially name brand one) haven’t been less than a $1 a lb in so long, I wonder when this was made. The amount of land currently being used to cultivate genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is the highest it has ever been throughout the world, according to a new report. This amount is six percent higher than the roughly 410 million land acres that harbored GM crops in 2011, according to the report, and the majority of this rapid growth took place in developing countries. According to the ISAAA report, if every land acre currently sustaining GM crops was placed right next to each other, it would cover a land mass roughly the size of Alaska. Of the 28 countries that planted GMOs in 2012, 20 were developing and eight were industrialized.
AA chartA included in the report illustrates a convergence of GMO crop acreage in both industrialized and non-industrialized nations that took place in 2011.
ISAAA presents this and other data on GMO growth in a positive light, claiming that Frankencrops have helped farmers get out of poverty and boost crop yields. But ita€™s important to realize that, with a few exceptions, when humans kill other animals for food, wea€™re not doing what animals do in nature.
A Our brains have evolved to create complex societies where Hitlers and StalinsA exist along with great visionaries like Ghandi and Leonardo da Vinci.
But even if it were true, claiming to be at the top of the food chain may be a popular slogan but it is not a moral argument. The same kind of prejudicial judgments are made against all oppressed groups, including African slaves by slaveholders.
All of the other animal by-products that exist in other non-consumable products would not exist without the slaughterhouse industry which in turn would not exist without the demand for eggs, dairy and meat.A So, for example, the market for cheap leather goods would essentially vanish without the slaughterhouse industry. People are eating according to their blood type, their metabolic type, their Ayurvedic constitution, and their genotype. And check out what leading health authorities around the world are saying about the suitability of a healthy, plant-based diet for all individuals. B12 is crucial to normal brain and nervous system function, and to the formation of healthy blood cells.
B12 is produced by bacteria that live in the soil and in the intestines of animals, including humans; however, in humans and other animals, it is generally manufactured too far down the intestinal tract (in the colon, in our case) to be absorbed by us.
In fact, dependence on animal farming frequently imperils malnourished communities and families. Instead of using their food, water, topsoil, and massive amounts of land and energy to raise livestock, Ethiopia, for instance, could grow teff, an ancient and quite nutritious grain grown in that country for the past 20,000 to 30,000 years. The intensive confinement, or factory farming, model that dominates Western, and, increasingly, global animal agriculture, is based on the use of feeding and housing technologies that produce the greatest amount of animals with the least amount of cost and labor. As demand for animal products decreases, we should also see an increase in programs designed to help animal farmers transition to plant-based farming.
For example, organic farming prohibits the use of antibiotics which means many animals who would benefit from antibiotic treatment are instead left to suffer with painful and life-threatening infections. This has led, not only to a wholesale denial of the value of their lives, but also to a A standard of treatment we call a€?humane,a€? which would be considered torture if applied to our cats and dogs, With other animals, we recognize that use is a form of abuse and that taking their lives in the prime of their lives is the most serious moral transgression.
Most modern societies do not regard human beings as chattel property, while animals continue to be used as commodities, without any consideration for their suffering. Like humans, farm animals canA adapt, up to a point, to living in slums and concentration camp conditions.
The psychology of sacrifice is based on our need to absolve ourselves from the guilt we feel for harming animals by assigning them a human-like ability to selflesslyA a€?gifta€? us their bodies and their lives.

This judgment is based on an entrenched A prejudice against a handful of species that we just so happen to want to exploit and kill for food. It is very telling that human rights activists who campaignA against violent and exploitative practices, such as sweatshop labor or sex trafficking, are rarely, if ever, criticized for pushing their beliefs on others. Does a Biblical or religious precedent make any of these actions less immoral?A Of course not.
It was only when human sinfulness caused God to curse all creation that He said people would begin eating animals, and this killing was included in a catalog of suffering and tribulations that would henceforth mark the conditions of a downfallen existence.
But what happens when we think critically for ourselves and see through what we’re told is normal? In the last several years, a number of scholarly and non scholarly arguments have gained traction by claimingA that if vegans factor in the amount of animals killed in the harvesting of plant crops, they would find that vegan and vegetarian diets result in a greater number of animals killed than diets based on pasture-raised animals. The fact is, we force animals to suffer unnecessarily for no other reason than our palate pleasure. So this post is about evaluating this kind of reaction and suggesting constructive ways of responding to it. Grains and legumes have served as the staple crops of civilizations around the world since the domestication of agriculture around 10,000 B.C. Veganic agriculture employs no till harvesting that reduces harm to rodents and other small animals. It is not hypocritical to hold a belief in veganism and yet be unable to avoid all products and by-products of animal exploitation because of circumstances well outside of our control, just as it is impossible for someone who opposes slavery to avoid all of the products and outcomes derived from the institution of slavery, like the roads we still drive on or the battles that were fought with slave soldiers.
So if perfection is not obtainable, then let’s throw out ethics (including intention) all together. Reading this makes me realise that other people understand animals are emotional creatures capable of love, happiness, pain and depression. Just want to say that the argument about instinct is not valid due to the fact that it is NOT our instinct to kill for food. The expansion of animal agriculture is reducing the biodiversity on our planet, not protecting it. These people will go to great lengths to con a poor, unsuspecting samaritan into giving up their pertinent information, identity, details, or bank account numbers.
The first step on this list is always this: Do not respond to unsolicited e-mail, and do not click on any embedded links within those e-mails. You would think everyone would know about this scam in 2014, and that nobody would fall for it, but you’d be wrong. A wealthy Nigerian family or a widowed African woman is trying to get money out of the country.
These scams promise to refund and recover money already lost to schemes (such as the Nigerian Wealth scam).
They say they’ll issue refunds if you provide bank information for the direct-deposit reimbursement.
Malware crusaders steal the names of legitimate funeral homes, send invitation notices to an unnamed friend or relative’s memorial service, with an attached link to celebrate the friend’s life. For someone just getting off a ten hour shift, going through a KFC drive-thru and getting a fully prepared meal is so much more convenient. Grocery shopping is much cheaper and much healthier in the long run than eating the poison that those fastfood joints sell people.
That photo above has WAY more than two pounds of chicken, unless that’s the lightest chicken in the world.
Yes, you have your job, and that’s great for keeping a roof over your head and food in the fridge, but sometimes you need more for the sweet little extras and luxuries in life.
In fact, most of the growth in the GM crop sector throughout the past decade or more has taken place in developing countries, where biotechnology corporations apparently see the most profit and growth potential. And if all the land acres that have ever grown GMOs since the time they first hit the global market back in 1996 were combined, it would cover a land mass one-and-a-half times larger than the entire United States. And in 2012, for the first time since GMOs were first introduced, there was more biotechA cropA acreage in non-industrialized nations than there was in industrialized nations. Each justificationA is followed by a response, which may include links to supporting sources. Of the two, we are able to thrive without eating animals; however, if we eat no plants, we could quickly become malnourished. Painted this way, our treatment of farmed animals is practically self defense.A Yet, bred into a state of total domination and learned helplessness, farmed animals are among the most docile, submissive and passive creatures on earth. Farmed animals would never exist in the wild; they are artificially bred into existence to be used on farms.
Plants are not sentient beings with thoughts, feelings and a central nervous system, but the animals we exploit for food clearly and regularly demonstrate that they are highly sentient, emotionally complex individuals who are aware of and value their individual lives.
And the manufacturers of computers, mobile phones and construction materials would find alternative non-animal based materials to replace what was once a cheap source of animal by-products derived from slaughterhouse remains. Popular opinion asserts that a€?everyone is differenta€? and you need to find a€?the right diet forA yourA body.a€? Micaela Karlsen discusses that our species does have specific nutritional requirements all of which we can meet from a diverse plant-based diet. And while animals in nature can be a source of B12, it’s important to realize that most meat, dairy and eggs come from farmed animals whose feed is supplemented with B12. What could be the benefit to any human or non-human to be brought into this world under such circumstances? Teffa€¦is high in protein, with an excellent amino acid profile, is high in fiber and calcium, (1 cup of teff provides more calcium than a cup of milk), and is a rich source of boron, copper, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. Like Mongolians, the Inuit practice of hunting on ice has been decimated by climate change. There are people whose job it is to drip blinding chemicals into the eyes of restrained rabbits.
Plant-based milks now account for more than 20% of theA the fluid milk market, while sales of plant-based meat alternatives are expected to reach $5 Billion by 2020, with someA 70% (and growing) of Millenials currently consuming them at least a few times a week. This means that, to give just one example, a typical a€?broilera€? chicken shed with as many as ten thousand birds crammed inside will commonly be overseen by a single worker.
In fact, we’ve begun profiling former meat and dairy farmers who are doing just that; and going vegan to boot! When we have plentiful access to plant-based foods, and a choice between sparing life or taking it a€” there is nothing remotely humane about rejecting compassion, and choosing violence and death for others just because we like the taste of their flesh, and because they cannot fight back. Many of the worst cruelties inflicted on animals in so-called factory farms are also routine practices on small, free-range farms. While inhumane treatment may cause great suffering,A there is at least the chance of recovery, but there is no recovery fromA being killed.
But even if humans were used and abused on the scale and levelA of other animals, the fact that we inflict suffering on our own species is in no way a justification to inflict suffering on otherA species. If any of these practices were inflicted on human beings, we would consider them a€” not just cruelty and abuse a€” but torture and even genocide, if performed on the massive scale of animal agriculture.
On the contrary, these activists are often lauded for their passion and commitment to justice and for exposing injustices. Christian vegans thus believe that human beings should strive toward the compassionate world God first envisioned, and live in accordance with the values of mercy and kindness at the heart of their faith. At the same time, we say that we believe, as a general principle, that it is wrong to cause unnecessary harm and suffering to animals. The underlying belief that drives this fabricated conflict between humans and other animals is the denial that humans are in fact animals themselves. And while millions of animals are legally killed every year to protect conventional agriculture via traps, poisons, pesticides, and other licensed forms of extermination, veganic farming practices can help to restore biodiversity of plants and animals by creating wildlife habitats.
If you give a baby a bunny rabbit and an apple, there is no doubt it will play with the rabbit and eat the apple – not the other way around. As long as people are falling for these too-good-to-be-true opportunities, the prevalence of these scams will only increase.
The scammers create phony recovery programs to restore a victim’s lost money, but first you must pay an up-front fee.
The invitation appears authentic at first glance, but the danger is in the attached link, typically downloading malware to your computer rather than redirecting you to a funeral service site.
And ask yourself: Do you have any recent friends who have died who would invite you to such an impersonal service? That also looks like the pound can of oats, As covered above, these are Wal-Mart brands, but I have never seen prices like that at my local Wal-Mart. If someone comes out and asks you, that’s cool, but telling other people what to do with their lives, their time, and their money? This page is a frequentlly updated work in progress, so please bookmark it and check back often! In fact, decades of scientific evidence have demonstrated that humans have no biological need to consume flesh, eggs or dairy products. They have given up out of the gate.A None of the domesticated animals raised for food have the kill instinct of carnivores, nor is human flesh a natural or desired part of their diet. But, again, is what our ancestors ate really relevant to the very different circumstances we face today regarding our food choices and lifestyles?
So the fact that we may not be crystal clear on where to draw the line is not a valid reason to inflict suffering on those we know with certainty to be sentient, which includes all of the some 70 billion land animals and one trillion aquatic animals we use for food.

Michael KlaperA also offers some valuable insights into biological mechanisms within our bodies that addict us to animal products, with tips on how to overcome the withdrawal symptoms. And it is sometimes argued that because B12 is not produced by plants, vegan diets are a€?unnaturala€? and that ethical appeals to veganism are therefore misguided. An entire generation of billions of animals is killed, only to be replaced by yet another generation, thanks to total human control of farm animal reproduction. If you knew your life would be defined by enslavement, mutilations, sexual violation, reproductive control,A the theft of your offspring, and a violent slaughterhouse end in your youth, what would be the advantage of being born? The most likely scenario for a vegan world is not one in which everyone stops eating animals overnight, but one in which demand for animal products gradually continues to decline, and fewer and fewer animals are bred as a result. Unlike Mongolians, Inuits don’t have fields suitable to grow food for all their meals.
There are people whose job it is to confine mother foxes and their babies in tiny cages, kill them via anal electrocution, and skin them for luxury fur trim. In the words of former pig farmer, Bob Comis, “Livestock farmers, no matter what kind a€”A from the largest, most cynical, and inhumane factory farmers to the smallest, seemingly most ethical pasture-based farmers a€” traffic in death. Ironically, those who rationalize animal suffering in this way are paying desensitized farm workers to do what they would never do to humans or other animals. If any of these practices were inflictedA on our companion dogs or cats, the perpetrators could be criminally prosecuted on felony cruelty charges. If animals matter, then we dona€™t violate their right to life and liberty when we can so easily avoid it, such as in the case of replacing animal products with alternatives.
Would he not insist that, when given a choice between mercy and cruelty, a Christian is compelled to choose compassion over violence? Indeed, animals will fight for their lives a€” and for the lives of their offspring a€” and even for the lives of members of their extended social group, as vociferously as we would fight for our own lives.
With the industrial revolution, the production of animal products began to escalate as a result of new mass feeding, transport and slaughter technologies.
Encouraging diverse plant, animal and insect species makes it less likely that any single species will dominate an area and cause serious crop damage. Human exploitation of animals is theA most widespread, gratuitous and needless form of animal suffering and death on the planet, and we can end itA simply by making a few adjustments to our diet and lifestyle. But youa€™ll have reduced an enormous amount of suffering to innocent beings who have done nothing to you, just by making some simple dietary and lifestyle changes. I believe animals have a sense of self, if I poke my dog in the back (gentle of course) he’ll look at me like “wtf?
While the Internet and online security become more and more advanced as the years pass, so to do the tactics of these e-scams. If you said yes to any of these three, chances are that affiliate marketing may be a great way for you to make money fast. We can get all the nutrients we need on a plant-based diet, without the unhealthy animal protein and cholesterol, and without inflicting needless suffering and death on billions of animals. But, even if farmed animals posed a serious threat to us, they exist only because we forcibly breed them into existence. We are no more compelled to eat like our ancestors than we are to practice cannibalism, rape, slavery, murder, or any of the other violent traditions which are all an unfortunate part of our human legacy.
The bottom line is that eating animals destroys far more insects, plants and animals than eating plant foods directly. Even the USDA states that the best and most absorbable form of B12 for humans is via a supplement. At some point along the way, as more people become persuaded of the immorality of exploiting animals, we will hope to see the needless killing of animals for food recognized not only as a moral wrong, but as a legal wrong as well. Just because we live in a world where people and industries are able to make a living out of exploiting and hurting others doesna€™t make it right. Animals in production agriculture are slaughtered at extremely young ages, before disease and death have decimated them as would otherwise happen even with all the drugs.
If it is wrongA to abuse humans and companion animals in these ways, then it is equally wrong to inflict these abuses on farmed animals. And since 99.7% of the animals exploited by humans are those raised for food products we have no biological need to eat, this matters a great deal. Increased efficiencyA combined with heavy government subsidies to animal agriculture pushed the price of animal products down to unprecedented lows that almost anyone could afford. Techniques such as companion planting, beetle banks and hedge cultivation can be used to maintain the balance of potentially competing animals. Vegans simply stop buying meat, dairy andA eggs, foods containing animal-derived ingredients, and animal-based fabrics and accessories. When we are children we see animals as sentient beings and we would never do anything to hurt them.
Make sure to research a link: A legit, secure URL will redirect to an ‘HTTPS’ address, not just ‘HTTP.’ If you feel that you must open a link, open it manually into your browser, just don’t click any links!
I know its hard to resist the dollar menu’s and crap, but I budget everything I buy because I am bored and you spend SO MUCH MONEY at fastfood places. Virtually every major company online—including Amazon, Wal-Mart, Citibank, and many, many more—have affiliate programs available so that you’re able to advertise and recommend their products online.
If we did not artificially breed farmed animals in the first place, they would not exist and therefore would pose no threat to us. And, of course, even if plants were sentient, raising animals for foodA requires vastly more plant feed cropsA than if we were to eat plant foods directly from the source. We can and should minimizeA the suffering we cause, even if we cannot realistically eliminate it entirely. Indeed, the abolition of animal exploitation, and of the property status of animals, is what most vegans are working for. In fact, the Inuit today generally no longer live in igloos, but rather in modern communities with modern building structures and municipalities. For a more in-depth exploration of the subject, see our article, Why Eating Animals Cannot Be Considered a Personal Choice.
But opposing one case of needless animal suffering means opposing all cases of needlessA animal suffering.
Today, American taxpayers currently pay $38 billion annually to fund the government’s corporate welfare programs (subsidies) to the highly-profitable meat and dairy industries, according to the bookA Meatonomics. Everything else a€” all the secondary by-products and ingredientsA that can be found in such things as adhesives and cosmetics a€” exists only because of the slaughterhouse industry,A which exists only because of consumer demand for meat, dairy and eggs. Just ask yourself this: How many wealthy Nigerians do you know that need your specific help, and why do they need you?
Yeah, that’ll bring in extra cash, but when will you have time to actually spend the money you’re making?
Websites and blogs are typically the best way to utilize affiliate marketing, companies are realizing that individuals on social media may have just as much influence as people with websites. We create our own problems with animals and then blame the animal victims for those problems. However, legislation to this end would most likely happen in phases, beginning with a ban on the breeding of farmed animals. If you’re looking for more evidence, check out ourA collection of videos of undercover investigations at farms and slaughterhouses.
Also like cats and dogs, cows, pigs, turkeys and chickens clearly display depression, frustration, anger, hostility, fear and despair when we deny them the conditions that allow them to freely express themselves, as is the case on farms. Opposing violence and exploitation of human victims means opposing the same, unequivocally, for non-human victims who share the same fundamental capacity for suffering.
If a ban on breeding farmed animals were enacted, those animals already on farms would still legally be considered the property of their owners, and could still be slaughtered.
ForA the vast majority of us who have plentiful plant-based food options available to us, pointing to less fortunate people does not change the fact that choosing plant foods often just means reaching for a different place on the store shelf. Even under the highest welfare standards, most or all of farmed animals’ fundamental interests are denied. It is the height of irony that we should then characterize other species who kill, if they do, only from necessity, as ferocious and merciless. While regrettable and wrong, this outcome is no different from the animals’ original fate and thus the question of what would happen to all the animals if the world went vegan is not a valid argument against veganism.
Read more on why the claim ofA human superiority doesn’t justify doing whatever we want to animals. For a visceral example of how dearly animals wish to live, checkA out this video of aA cow in line at a slaughterhouse who tries to escape the kill chute.
Plus you need a place to store them, a way to cook them, & time and energy to shop and prepare the food. And these pithy little macros never talk about how many people purchasing fast food regularly have limited access to full service grocery stores.

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