Answers to Some of ThoseQuestions/Challenges
Peopleare starving in the world;isn’t it more important to help humansrather than animals?
animals and it is possible to helpboth human and non-human animals. Furthermore, avegan diet requires a lot less land and water to support itthan a non-vegan one and therefore veganism couldbe a solution to the problem of feeding a growingworld population with the limited resourcesthat the Earth has to offer.
The following questions use somespeciesist language as they arepresented as they wouldbe asked. We havehowever, tried touse non-speciesistlanguage inthe answers.
Eatingmeat is natural
Human beings are omnivores and don’tneed to kill other beings in order to livehealthily - eating meat is no morenatural than not eating meat.
This animal was dead before I started eating it
But you created the demand for its death.If no-one ate meat, no animals would be killed and sold for their meat.We are able to make a moral choice, so let’s exercise it.
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Butthe Bible gives usdominion over animals
Most Christians do not believe thateverything in the Old Testament is literallytrue, however, even among fundamentalistChristians, there is a lot of debate over what ismeant by dominion, which could equally be acommand to care for non-human animalsrather than use them as commodities.(Either way, this argument carries noweight with atheists, agnosticsand people of otherreligions.)
I like meat and dairy
I might like the car my neighbour drives, but thatdesire isn’t a sound moral basis for stealing it. The factthat we desire something does not give us the right toact upon that desire. Most vegans used to likemeat too but they decided to boycottthis cruel industry.
Why do you think animals haverights?
If a being can feel pain and experience suffering, theyshould not be deliberately made to suffer. A bird has a higherlevel of consciousness than a new born human baby. If wewant to give rights to human babies and want to beconsistent, we must extend rights to allsentient beings.
Thereis nothing wrong witheating meat and dairy
The meat and dairy industry is a major contributor to climatechange, pollution, world hunger and animal suffering, Iwould say that is wrong.
The VeganlWinter 2009