“I love animals too!”
Are meat eating animal lover’s animal lover or an animal consumer? Do meat eaters love animals enough not to eat them?
Most people claim to be animal lovers and agree that those guilty of animal cruelty should face criminal prosecution.
Yet, animal lovers financially support the cruel slaughter of billions of animals. Can you love animals and eat them? Animal lovers should not support animal cruelty.
Would pet owners eat their own pet? Eating other animals is no different. Pet owners who visualized their pets being slaughtered like animals at slaughter houses would be horrified by such a thought.
Objecting to the killing of some animals and not others is hypocrisy. The only difference between a pig and a dog is our attitude.
Humans are born vegan. We start life as true animal lovers. Then society brainwashes us and hides the real truth.
“Animals don’t have feelings and emotions.”
Animals have emotions and individual personalities.
Farmed animals are individuals with distinct personalities and emotions, just like cats and dogs. They feel affection; they form deep friendships, they long to be safe and happy, and to be free from fear and pain. Most of all, they share in common with us the desire to go on living.
“Animals don’t feel pain like humans!”
Animals, including fish, have similar pain receptors and sensors to humans and react the same as humans to pain. They resist pain, take shallow and deep breaths, emit distress calls and cry just as humans do.
Animals also feel emotional pain. Cows and other animals display signs of extreme distress when their newborns are taken from them. Dogs become visibly distressed when separated from their owners.
They cry, wail, whine and resist when innocently tortured and killed in slaughterhouses.
Perhaps animals even feel worse pain than humans. When an animal is injured, it has no understanding where the pain is originating from and how long it will last. Humans, on the other hand, understand what’s happening and that they can seek medical assistance. This means that the animals experience is more extreme.
“Killing animals is acceptable if done humanely.”
How do you kill an animal humanely?
Animals are brutally beaten to death, have their necks slit, boiled alive and gassed to death. These methods are standard in many slaughterhouses and legally considered humane slaughter methods.
Eating organic meat and dairy products is not a moral achievement to be proud of.
Cows on organic farms can suffer enormously because when their udders become infected, many farmers will not administer medicine since that would legally prevent them from labeling the cows’ milk as organic.
Taking a chicken out of a cage and into an overcrowded barn is still cruelty. There is no such thing as humane torture.
Don’t’ fall for labels such as “cage free” “grass fed” “ethically sourced,” these are marketing jargons to ease your conscious and increase prices. The animals are still slaughtered using the same cruel methods.
Cows grazing in a field and chickens running around a farm cannot sustain the demands for meat consumption. Industrial scale farming is the cruel solution. You can make a difference by boycotting meat and dairy products.
“Plants feel pain too!”
Currently, no reputable scientific study has proven that plants feel pain. Results of studies are often interpreted through the lens of preconceived ideas, specifically to claim new discoveries. Appalling pseudoscience research exists trying to prove that plants can feel, think and communicate with humans through paranormal perception.
Biologist Daniel Chamovitz, Dean of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and author of the book ‘What a Plant Knows’ states,
“Plants don’t have pain receptors. Plants have pressure receptors that allow them to know when they’re being touched or moved. It’s a specific nerve cell. You can definitely kill a plant, but it doesn’t care.”
Plants are non-sentient and lack the nervous system and brain necessary to feel pain. People suffer from pain because they intellectualize the pain and become conscious of pain. Without consciousness, you cannot suffer from pain. Even if they were somehow conscious, they still lack a nervous system with afferent neurons to carry pain messages.
A plant can respond to stimuli, for example by turning towards the light or closing over a fly, but that is not the same as feeling pain.
There is some evidence that plants react to being cut, but it is a basic stimulus response that is similar to how they respond to sunlight. It’s not painful for them; it‘s just like a flashing low battery light on your cell phone is a signal, not a feeling.
Claims that plants feel pain are often nothing more than a naive unintellectual poke at vegans who eat plants. It is an attempt to trivialize the suffering of animals by side-tracking the conversation and pretending to care for the wellbeing of lettuce.
Given a choice to stab a vegetable or a rabbit, you would most likely stab the vegetable because you know perfectly well that plants are not alive in the same way as animals.
Feel pain is not essential to life or survival, and it would be useless for plants that cannot move to escape the pain. Worse: it would be torture. The ability to suffer pain and not be able to evade the source of that pain is not the kind of mistake nature would make. Some plants do respond rapidly to being injured or threatened, albeit in ways that are usually difficult for us to detect. Plants certainly have good reason to recognize and react to physical sensation. This does not mean they feel pain.
Certain rare humans cannot feel pain either. If people exist who are physically incapable of pain, it is hardly a stretch to say other life forms exist that cannot feel pain either. Those who insist that plants must feel pain like humans are blinded by the beauty of botany and diversity of life. Human experiences and senses are not the blueprints for all life. Life without pain, emotion or even consciousness is possible.
We don’t need to eat animals that we KNOW feel high levels of physical and emotional pain, but we do need to eat plants. Ignoring this fact us ridiculous. There is no speculation here; we know animals feel pain.
For the purpose of survival, you can’t avoid hurting life. We can try our best to inflict as little harm as possible to all living things and try to get as close as possible to a reasonable solution for the betterment of the planet.
Even if plants did feel pain, you still should want to cause the least number of deaths possible; a vegan diet is thus preferable to a meat-based one.
There are laws that protect animals from cruelty. It would be strange if those laws were extend to plants so that someone should be arrested if they unnecessarily plucking a leaf from a plant.
“Animals are killed when farming fruit and vegetables.”
The unintentional and unavoidable killing of small animals does occur when farming fruit and vegetables. This cannot be compared to the intentional and avoidable killing of animals for meat and dairy consumption.
Veganism is a not a religion. The goal is to cause the least amount of harm to animals. We don’t need to eat animals, but we do need to eat plants, fruits, and vegetables.
This sudden concern for small animals is a smoke screen to justify unnecessary cruelty just so the meat eater can continue to enjoy a meat dish.
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