Faulty Arguments Against Veganism, Part 2
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This one is kind of a two-fer, since they’re related arguments. Check out part one here.
Argument: “Animals would be worse off if all people were vegetarians. Think about it. Would a farmer keep Chickens and Cows and Pigs around and pay for them for free. Hell no if they would be free. At which point they would be overpopulated and all over the place.”
Response: The cows, chickens, turkeys, etc, that we eat are not coming into the world naturally; in fact, some of them will never see an animal of the opposite gender in their entire lives. This is basically a simple case of supply-and-demand. If we stop demanding meat, eggs, and dairy, they’ll stop breeding animals to supply us with them. (Learn more about the artificial insemination processes of turkey, chicken, and cows.)
This next person sort of understands some of the facts, and then misses the point completely.
Argument: “These animals are bred only to be killed.It’s harsh,but if we didn’t do that,cows and chickens and rabbits etc would be long extinct.”
Anyway, I’m not sure why the idea of extinction is such a issue when it comes to farm animals. They do not exist–not as we’ve bred them, anyway–in nature and they do not fit in to any particular ecology; if they died out, the environment would be way better off for it. Part of the tragedy of extinction when it comes to a wild animal is the effects thereof. (A good example of this is the black-footed ferret, which has been endangered for years–and briefly “extinct in the wild”–because we keep killing off their primary prey, prairie dogs.) There isn’t any kind of equivalent situation for farm animals, because there are no species (outside of humans) who rely on their existence.
Species as a whole do not suffer, but individuals do–and individual animals are suffering immensely right now. I don’t think that anyone who really knows what goes on in the dairy and meat industry actually believing that farm animals are better off existing as they do!