Carracci - The Butchers Shop - 1583
Very informative. I'm not very informed about the ethical positions about vegans and their opponents and this article does a good job of explaining a lot of the misconceptions there are. I still may not be ready or willing to be vegetarian or vegan, but my views are being carefully molded by such writings.
Here are some sources you might want to take a look at if you're interested in the ethical arguments for veganism:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com (see the pamphlet that's linked on the front page)
Keep in mind that this article focuses on fairly narrow environmental implications of veganism. It compares a mythical ideal of veganism (one that involves no animal farming) to a small scale farming utopia. The author appears to take issue with the scale and problems associated with modern factory farming.
There has been a huge shift from small scale farming to large scale factory farming over the past 40 years. Even omnivores should be aware of the problems (both environmental and ethical) that arise from that system.
The average American consumes more than his weight in meat every year (about 235 pounds). Over 10 billion animals are killed in the US each year to support our meat-heavy diets. Most animals in that system aren't really protected from mistreatment. Those animals are often prophylactically treated with antibiotics to keep their inevitable wounds from leading to severe infections (and pre-mature death).
Even ignoring the animal suffering inherent in this system, you can start to see massive issues with pollution from animal waste and proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria (as highlighted in a recent Huff Post article).
I can only hope that more people will start to recognize the problems of factory farming and try to reduce the amount of meat we consume. Perhaps then we can start to return to a more balanced and ethical farming industry.
That, amongst other reasons, is why I prefer duck, mollusks, crustaceans, certain fish, and wild game. I find I get a lot more flavour/dollar, if such a thing can be quantified; if not, then I'm at least getting a subjective benefit there.
My biggest concern is the distance created between the consumer and producer by big multi-national corporations. In my ideal world, at least 75% of my purchases would be of product that originated in a 250 mile radius.
@heather, i changed the profile picture just for you, so you can get a closer look. in the previous picture, i was about to run a half-marathon in columbus, just fyi.
@stephen, you are just a douche. just remembered an old saying from india, "if you throw a stone in shit, it will fall on you", so i will leave u with ur shit to smell.
Your profile says you are in your 30's but you look like a 12 year old. Sorry, definitely not interested.
damn right, a hot 12 year old.
darn now i have to go to my hot vegan wife, who is within the BMI range.
I hope she's older than 12.
Actually Heather I just turned 28 this summer! And believe me when tell you, my husband looks far from 12 where I'm standing.
You know, I don't know if the two of you are actually trying to entice me into a threesome or just offer the most ridiculous support for veganism I have ever encountered. Either way, I'm not finding myself the least bit compelled. To be honest, I have to wonder if you are not just a photo-shopped version of him, which gives me even worse shivers down my spine.