Allowing An Animal's Existence is not Justification for Torture
A common argument used by meat eaters:
Cattle wouldn't exist in their millions unless they were bred for
meat and leather. In fact, they have no niche left in the "natural"
world. ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE that cattle would choose not to exist at
all (as would be the case in a Vegan world) over existing for a while,
and then being slaughtered???
A reply by Lucy Tancredi:
Trust me - no question you can ask someone who has been vegetarian for at
least a couple years has not already been asked him or her hundreds of
times. Yes, I've considered that question.
If I decided I wanted to eat human flesh, and gave birth to a child for
that express purpose, and kept it for its whole life in a crate barely
bigger than its own body (as is done to veal calves), would I be justified
because at least I gave it life?
I don't pretend to know what a calf would want, but I personally would
rather not live than live a life of torture. Obviously some food animals
have better lives than others (e.g. dairy cows have much better lives than
veal calves, chickens, or pigs in factory farms). But some really do live
lives that aren't (in my opinion) worth living - penned up in darkness
their entire life, unable to socialize with others of their species. Would
you want to live your entire life in solitary confinement?