Brittney has decided to become a vegan, for mostly moral reasons (though she does have some health concerns as well).
I have some questions. I don’t mean them to be snarky and they’re not just for Brittney; they’re for all you moral vegetarians and vegans.
1. Many of you become vegetarians/vegans because of concerns about whether animals are treated humanely during the farming process. Are you not also concerned about the suffering of human beings during the farming process? Are the hands lost to augers during your soybean harvest less of a concern to you? What about the inhumane treatment of migrant workers brought in to harvest fruits and vegetables? Is it because you perceive they have some choice in participating in farming that makes their suffering more palatable?
2. We have removed most of the top level predators from our local ecosystems, leaving deer populations to reach increasingly large sizes, which puts stress on other local plant and animal populations, and spreads devastating illnesses throughout the herds. Like it or not, since we’ve removed top level predators, don’t we have an obligation to keep the herds at safe, sustainable sizes, in order to alleviate suffering? If so, isn’t it better to make use of the harvested animals, including eating them, than to let them go to waste?
3. The pesticides dumped onto our plants makes its way into our water supply and poisons us and the things that live in our streams, rivers, and lakes. Does the suffering of those animals not also concern you?
4. Do you believe it’s possible to live a morally uncompromized life?