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If People Stopped Eating Animals, We’d Be Overrun with Them

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If we stopped eating animals, we’d be overrun with them, and THAT would be a disaster for the environment! It’s a disaster for the environment now. We don’t have to imagine some future where there is an overpopulation of these animals. We already have an overpopulation crisis — now!

We’re already overrun with chickens and pigs and turkeys and cattle. The only difference is that in this real scenario, all of the animals are hidden in cages, windowless buildings, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses. In the hypothetical scenario, they’re running around on the streets.

And the ONLY reason this hypothetical scenario is as frightening as it is — billions of terrified animals running around — is because there are BILLIONS of terrified animals are confined at this very moment. THAT’s scary enough.

The concern about them “ESCAPING” wouldn’t be a concern if we weren’t imprisoning BILLIONS OF THEM now. Once we stop artificially inseminating these domesticated animals (i.e. stop eating them day in and day out!), there will be fewer of them.

We shouldn’t be afraid of a hypothetical dystopian future! We should be afraid of our very real dystopian present. Sooo…for everyone contributing to that…you know what you need to do!

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How to Save Animals From Humans

On “World Wildlife Day,” I thank you for sharing this post!

The animals who live among us are part of our communities; they’re residents and contributors — not outsiders or intruders. Every animal whose space we share — the deer, squirrels, bees, and birds to the foxes, skunks, rats, and raccoons — face challenges that threaten their very survival every day: noisy leaf-blowers and unleashed dogs, speeding cars and light pollution, habitat loss.

Biological diversity is declining at alarming rates, and since the underlying cause is easy to identify (human behavior) the underlying solutions are equally apparent.

A few changes can make all the difference. We can:

*Change the way we talk about them, emphasizing their rightful role and place in our communities.

*Stop planting non-native landscapes. Animals can’t survive without the plants they co-evolved with.  

*Give plant-eaters a break. Newly planted trees and shrubs WILL be tested by hungry deer, but keeping new plants protected for the first few years means they can withstand a little nibbling once they’re more mature.  

*Stop poisoning rats. If not because there are non-lethal ways to deal with uninvited critters in our homes, then because rat poison hurts everyone in the food web.

*Create wildlife corridors to allow animals to move freely through our yards without risking the dangers of the road.

Everything we do has an impact on something or someone else. It’s not that we CAN make a difference in this world. It’s that we DO make a difference. The question is: do we want that difference to be negative or positive?

Animals Would Go Extinct If We Stopped Eating Them

This is something I hear a lot. Here’s my response. (THANK YOU FOR SHARING!) 

CHICKENS, COWS, AND PIGS WOULD GO EXTINCT IF PEOPLE STOPPED EATING THEM. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS???

Hang on. Do you mean the factory-made, domesticated breeds exploited by the meat, dairy, and egg industries to maximize profits and feed our voracious appetites for animal flesh and fluids and who as such are not part of any natural ecological system?

Um, yeah as someone who cares about ANIMALS and the tens of thousands of species who ARE threatened, I would have no problem with a few Frankenstein-like breeds going away (the Angus breed of beef cattle, the Beltsville white breed of turkey, the Holstein breed of dairy cow, for instance).

Their wild ancestors were part of the natural world — the wild cattle, boar, chickens, goats, sheep, and wild turkeys — but we took (and take) that away from them, twisted their genes, creating breeds to make these animals grow larger and produce faster than their skeletons and organs can support. We hunted many of them to extinction, and we took away their habitats.

All so we can have an abundance of meat, dairy, and eggs every minute of every day. If you need to find a culprit in the extinction of SPECIES, look no further than animal agriculture. Not vegans.

Weren’t Animals Were Put Here for Humans to Eat?

This is something I hear a lot. Here’s my response. (Feel free to hit the share button!) 

How is that even possible? Other animals were here long before us. As a species, Homo sapiens has been around for only about 300,000 years, and for thousands of years we were happy meals for the predators who were here first. We were not then and are not now some special species that isn’t part of the natural order of things. We simply figured out a way to game the system.

But more than that: nobody was “put” here for anyone else. All forms of life owe their existence to the slow, gradual process of evolution by natural selection and random mutation. And we are NOT where this ends.

Finally, the various breeds of animals we eat today also weren’t “put here.” We created them through genetic selection, domestication, and artificial breeding. We’re the ones who play God, but then we deny responsibility by saying that some other creator made them just for us. We need to own what we do so we can change what we do. It’s in our hands — nobody else’s.

What do you think?

Are Avocados Vegan (Since Bees Are Used)??

Ever since this ridiculous clip from (one of my favorite shows), QI, the Internet has been abuzz!

The fact that there has been so much buzz around whether or not avocados and almonds are vegan (because migratory bees are used to pollinate them) reveals two things: that vegans haven’t done a very good job clarifying what “vegan” means and that non-vegans love to play the gotcha game. 

First of all, there isn’t a vegan overlord deciding what’s vegan and what’s not vegan; second of all, imperfection is built into begin vegan, because we live in an imperfect world.

In the 20 years I’ve been vegan, I’ve been drinking water that has most likely been filtered through animal bone char; I’ve been eating organic produce that has been grown using animal manure, bone meal, and blood meal; I’ve been buying wine and fruit from purveyors that most likely kill birds and mammals to protect their orchards; and I’ve been eating crops — namely avocados and almonds — pollinated by migratory honeybees…and none of it makes me less vegan. 

The idea that we should do nothing because we can’t do everything is illogical and self-defeatist. So what? Should I eat foie gras because my organic kale was grown in soil amended with chicken manure? That makes no sense. There’s a lot we can’t control in this world, but there’s a lot we can. Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Anything. 

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

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