Fact Check: Vegans Cause More Animal Death

July 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

It’s become popular to share blog posts from people claiming that rodent and other animals deaths from farmer protecting their plant crops equates to more total deaths than just eating an animal.

Most people are unaware that the animals they eat consume far more calories of grain then calories that can be butchered from their carcasses. Most of the world’s grain is used by animal agriculture. So, they are consuming about a dozen lives a year plus responsible for 10 times more wildlife death too.

Some people are aware of factory farming issues and are only talking about pasture raised animal that use the “grass-fed” label. To address this issue we must first acknowledge that 97% of animals are not raised on pastures. The people accusing vegans of causing more death aren’t likely to be eating exclusively pasture raised animals.

Let’s say we are talking to one of these rare people. It’s unlikely they know that even grass fed animals are usually fed some grain. If even 10% of their calories come from grain then people who exclusively eat grass-fed animals are causing as much harm as vegans based on this fact alone. There is no way to know if their meat has been fed grain unless they buy it straight from the farmer. Even then, they aren’t likely to care to ask because they don’t actually care about the loss of rodent life… they’re just trying to gaslight vegans with under analyzed hearsay.

Never the less, let’s digress further. We must also consider the fact that most pastures were once forest and not fenced off from wildlife. Hypothetically, if a farmer decided to return 90% of their land to nature and grow plant foods on the other 10% they’d produce equivalent calories to their current 100% use for grazing. The lives that would exist in the returned part of the forest is exponentially more than the loss of rodents in the plant food area.

Let us also consider the cost of grass-fed meat and dairy. It’s certainly much more expensive than beans and grains… even after all the federal subsidies. Yes, that’s right, vegan are forced to pay for animals to be killed for meat. The natural cost for meat, eggs, and dairy is much greater than the price tag in the store. The externalities in the form of greenhouse gases, deforestation, and sewage runoff are some of the worst ecological disasters of modern times.

Most vegans know their lives are not totally harm free. Although, beyond any reasonable doubt, they do produce much less harm that omnivores. People deserve the right to live just like any other animal. I have no guilt for occupying land for housing and plants and other necessary goods. I have no guilt as a vegan for ridding my house of invading insect colonies. I want and defend my right to life. OtsI just that consuming an animal’s corpse isn’t necessary to survive or to thrive. Meat consumption is purely gluttonous.

I would like to end with a personal story of my journey. I ate meat most of my life and a lot of it. After suffering a small stroke and numerous digestive diseases I attempted to change my diet. I went 95% plant based with only the occasional egg or cheese. It took five years for me to become fully vegan. During that time I ate fish maybe once a month and very rarely chicken. My digestive diseases were cure and never returned and my risk of another stroke dropped greatly. I also went through a spiritual transformation during this time. I felt more connected to my diet, my body, and the Earth. I couldn’t bring myself to eat another mammal. It felt too close to cannibalism. We share so much of the same DNA. This decision came after I began praying/reflecting over the animals on other people’s plates. I began trying to imagine the life they lived and what their slaughter was like. I apologized and thanked them for their suffering. At the time it felt ethical for me to eat bi-products from well raised cows and chickens because I deemed it occasionally necessary for my health. Same with fish. When I had no other choice, being disabled and dependant on others, sometimes fish was the best choice on the menu… if I hadn’t had enough protein that day. Due to improved circumstances, I now have the freedom to make better choices and the knowledge that the protein from fish isn’t worth the toxins and cholesterol… or worth it’s life.

Past cultures used to pay respect to the animals they killed. They mourned their loss but to them it was an absolute necessity. Today, it is not a necessity; it’s actually more expensive and a burden on our economy, our bodies, and our planet. We’ve also lost the respect for the animals. Even the hunter’s today who claim to have respect for animals are quicker to smile for a picture than mourn for their life. I still pray for the animals on other people’s plates but I now vigalently oppose degrading my body and soul with their butchered corses.

I will end by saying that if animal consumption dropped by 90% and the remaining farm animals we’re all pasture raised, I’d be one happy vegan. The excess grain could be used to feed the starving world and I’d be one happy humanitarian too.