They do. That’s one of the reasons they’re vegan. There are 925 million starving people in the world. More than 75% of them are children. Every three seconds, a person starves to death yet we have enough food to feed everyone on the planet.
What’s the problem? There has been a massive increase in the consumption of animals in the past 25 years. The change in eating habits led farmers to abandon traditional farms and build factories where they store thousands of animals in cramped warehouses lacking ventilation, cleanliness, light, and space for animals to exercise their natural instincts. Factory farms breed and slaughter billions of land animals every year.
According to the World Health Organization, the current animal consumption trends are unsustainable due to limitations on land and natural resources.
It takes 16 lbs. of grain
to produce 1 lb. of animal flesh.
That’s analogous to throwing away 15 lbs. worth of food from your refrigerator or freezer every time you eat a pound of a chicken, pig, or cow. Grain fed to billions of animals could be fed to 925 million starving people, helping to eliminate global hunger. If people would stop eating animals, there would be more food for starving people.
Vegans don’t eat animals because they care about animals and people. The question you should ask is not “Why don’t vegans care about people?” The question you should ask is “Why don’t people who eat animals stop eating them so the grain used to feed them could be used to save the lives of starving people?” Feeling compassionate doesn’t make you compassionate. Your actions determine your level of compassion.
This is compassion.
This is not compassion.
Factory farming causes environmental devastation to our land, water, and air from toxic pollution and millions of pounds of illegally disposed waste such as ammonia and feces that spills into our water, air, and soil causing millions of Americans respiratory problems, cancer, and other diseases. There are no toilets for animals.
Vegans inform people about the environmental devastation of factory farming and work to end it which positively impacts people’s lives and preserves the environment that sustains them.
The antibiotics and growth hormones factory workers inject into animals, the diseases they contract, and the chemicals they ingest also lead to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer killing millions of people.
Vegans inform people who consume animals and animal byproducts about the benefits of becoming a vegan to help them live longer and more healthful lives. In the process, a shift to eating more plant-based foods could significantly reduce health care costs which also benefits people.
Asking vegans who help animals why they don’t care about people is like asking people who help handicapped children why they don’t care about animals. It’s nonsensical and demeaning. The list of excuses to eat animals is long, mythical, and porous. Vegans don’t make excuses for their eating habits; they take pride in them because there is nothing to excuse. If you think before you eat, you will enjoy thinking about what you eat. Trust Robert Frost. Take the road less traveled by. It will make all the difference.
Andrew Kirschner is a volunteer grassroots animal rights advocate and the organizer of the 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals. He writes for Kirschner’s Korner to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.