How do vegans determine which kinds of lives to take and which to let live? Apparently living plants are OK to eat? Maybe insects? Fish & shellfish? Birds? Eggs?
Another issue for me is, for instance, turkeys. So we all decide to not eat turkeys and the turkey farmers stop growing turkeys. Suddenly there are millions and millions of turkeys that never have even one day of life. Is it better to be a turkey for a year or to never be a turkey at all? Same for cows & pigs & chickens.
I'm a vegan and vegans don't consume any animal or animal bi-product. So 'taking lives' is misrepresententative of us. The philosophy is to not exploit sentient beings (animals that have feelings) it's a simple extention of human rights. Animal rights which the majority of people subscribe to and are bound by. We just have a comprehensive way of lookinging at animal rights that include the change in our behaviour. Eating animals is hard to justify with logic as it is, in this day & age illogical. With education one will see that it's just as logically sound as athiesm.
I'm confused why someone's personal decision is an issue for you?
I guess I'm not taking the concern for the farmers, so just in case that is real, there just aren't enough of us to make much of a difference. Beside the whole planet would benefit from a reduction in meat eating. It didn't look like we can eliminate meat eating because we still need animals to make fertilizer, so you can still eat your meat with a conscious. But if you are concerned about the issues, you should reduce meat eating.
I just eat animal free. yes I eat plants. But so do all the animals that are vegan. I personally view all creature life as valid. Many animal farms are rife with inhumane abuses of innocent creatures. They pump them through with hormones and antibiotics. The waste for all these animals is an environmental nightmare. Vital tropical rainforests are being clear cut to provide more beef for the greedy carnivores. So many reasons for me to be animal free. Watch "Earthlings", What the Health, Cowspiracy if you need any more encouragement. They tell the story much better than I.
Life requires life. Use of resources is a valid argument. Every step up the food chain increases resource use by a factor of 10. Having said that I still eat meat because for me to get enough protein from plant sources causes unbelievable gastric distress even with massive amounts of digestive aids. Our digestive system is for an omnivore and you could make the argument our domestication of plants has created more problems than it solved: overpopulation, habitat loss and destruction, and even metabolic syndrome.
All those millions of turkeys and cows and so on that never would have lived were it not for people wanting to eat them also have to eat, and because we like meat so much they consume a vast amount of resources, which have to be grown and which, in turn, causes habitat destruction for wild animals and plants and pollution from pesticides and fertiliser. What's more, if you use land to produce animal food to produce meat, you end up with less food than you would if you used the same land to produce crops for human consumption - some studies suggest that if none of us ate meat, there'd be more than enough food for everyone on the planet. Thirdly, the life of most animals born into industrialised farming is not a happy one, so the "is it better to be a turkey for a year or not at all" doesn't hold up.
I'm not a vegan, incidentally.