If vegans chose their diet for humane reasons, why is it they don’t eat humanely raised animal products? Why are they so adamantly opposed to humane farms? Aren’t humane practices better than factory farming? What’s so bad about consuming eggs and dairy anyway? Certainly the hens and cows that produce these products aren’t used for meat, so what’s the harm?
This article is intended to inform, not to brainwash.
It simply presents the reasons vegans do not consume humanely raised animal products. Whether you choose to follow a vegan diet or not is your choice.
The vast majority of vegans do not believe in using other animals in any way. So, even if taking milk from a cow or eggs from a chicken caused them no harm at all, it would not be a truly vegan practice. As for the humane farms, in the end, they still mean certain death for animals destined for the dinner table. Vegans believe that there is no such thing as humane slaughter. Therefore, they also believe that there is no such thing as a humanely raised animal.
Something no one wants to think about.
What do you suppose happens to those humanely raised animals when it comes time to “harvest” their meat? According to ethicalfarms.org, “Most free-range animals are brought to the same commercial slaughterhouses at their end of life.”
If you’ve never been to one of these places, it might be a good idea for you to do a little reading on the subject. It may surprise you just how inhumane they can be.
Are humane farms truly humane?
Animals raised for food on humane farms are slightly better off than their factory farm equivalents. Unfortunately, there is evidence that there are not as many differences as you may think. They sometimes roam a larger territory. Some may get better quality food. Some may not. Their life span is certainly every bit as short as the animals on factory farms.
About those eggs
Chickens certainly don’t die to give you eggs on truly humane farms, right? That depends on how you look at it. The eggs you eat are unfertilized. However, they are still an animal product. Therefore, they are not vegan. Remember, any time an animal is held captive and/or used to provide food, fashion or other products for humans, the process is not vegan, as it takes away their freedom. Plus, there may be other issues to consider.
Who dies to give you milk and cheese?
How are cows treated on humane diary farms? Most cheese is made with rennet. That comes from the lining of a cow’s stomach. Plus, there is the issue of calves. They are taken from their mothers so that we may have their milk. Like humans, cows do not lactate without first being pregnant. What happens to the calves? If they are female, they are used for milk until they can no longer produce. If they’re male, they are used for veal. Either way, in the end, there is always a death sentence awaiting them.
The most humane choice
For vegans, the most humane choice is to stay away from animal products entirely. It’s pretty much impossible to know exactly how humane a humane farm really is. Plus, in the end, there’s always death. Vegans don’t eat animal products from humane farms for one simple reason. When you know the facts behind meat dairy and egg production, you quickly see that there really are no humane farms.
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