The Bible Implies That God Wants a Cruelty-Free and
Environmentally-Sustainable Meat/Dairy Industry
Corinthians 10:23,24 says "some of you say, "we can do whatever we want to!" But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful. We should think about others and not about ourselves."
A 2006 united nations report called the meat industry "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from global to local"
Proverbs 12:10 says "Good people are kind to their animals, but a mean
person is cruel."
WHAT WE SHOULD DO:
The best way to achieve cruelty free meat is to have the government come
up with an official definition of the label "cruelty free", the same way we
regulate what is considered "organic."
The best way to achieve an environmentally sustainable meat industry is to have professionals figure out how much meat the average person can eat a week before it becomes unsustainable, taking into account water pollution, greenhouse gasses, and land degradation, to name a few. This way, people will be given an informed option to save the world if they so choose, without anything being forced on them.
It is extremely important to note that it is the buying of meat, and not the eating of it, that supports animal cruelty and unsustainable farming practices. We must never command anyone to not eat meat because it says in Timothy 4:1-5 that in the end of days liars will command people to not eat certain foods, and that as long as you are thankful you may eat any food.
It is also important to note that Romans 14:21,22 talk about eating meat (as opposed to buying it), and says to keep your beliefs on such matters between you and God. However, you need to remember that it's the BUYING of meat, and not the EATING of it, that supports animal cruelty and unsustainable farming.
And, of course, we should never forget Romans 14:3,14 which tell us that it's ok to be vegan and it is ok to eat meat, but that we should follow our own internal compass on such matters.
Corinthians 10:25 says that when you buy meat you should not ask where it came from. This is why we need a regulated cruelty-free label, so that we don't have to ask. God has assured me that choosing to buy cruelty free meat over regular meat does not violate any of his commands, as I'm sure God will tell anyone who asks.
Because we might not have a cruelty-free label right away, and because many people won't eat only what is environmentally sustainable, it will always be a big service to God and your country to give up meat/dairy altogether. And finally I leave you with a warning to make sure you find a way to supplement all the nutrients that would be lost from your diet when you become vegan/vegetarian.