If you were to be vegetarian or vegan only one day per week, you could make a huge difference. If you were to only eat meat one day per week you’d make an even bigger difference. We can begin to change the world by showing businesses that their horrible practices in slaughtering and exploiting animals is wrong and not profitable. The more we purchase foods and products that come from bad practices, the more they will keep stocking the shelves. If we all banded together, we could change things (and quickly). I’m not asking you to do anything other than help make the world a better place. I’m not attacking your love of bacon, I’m just asking you to wonder where that bacon comes from and make sure you’re not contributing to something terrible.
That being said, I am 100% vegan and love it. If I had my way, everyone would be vegan, but I realize that’s not realistic and that some people may never value these issues as much as I do. However, I do think that if everyone were informed about the realities of where much of our meat comes from, they would be very willing to change their eating habits. When I hear people say, “Don’t tell me what happens to animals we eat, I don’t want to know!” it breaks my heart. How can you actively push away the truth when it means pain and evil for other beings.
Just because humans are more intelligent than other animals does NOT mean we are better. It does not mean we can enslave other beings and abuse them. In fact, it probably means we have less right to do these things to them. They are innocent and in many cases kind. Too innocent and too kind to do anything about it… It is our responsibility as an intelligent and moral species to protect these animals from horrible tragedies. Animals do eat other animals as part of the circle of life, yes. But we are the only animal who turns that practice into something completely evil, immoral, and unbalanced. That’s the problem here and it needs to stop.