If we didn't eat animals, wouldn't there be too many cows, chickens or pigs on earth?
This is a question I have been asked many times since I stopped eating meat, and at first I wasn’t really sure I knew the answer to this. I used to think, “There are always going to be animals used in the meat industry, so there is nothing I can do to minimize the amounts of animals being slaughtered for food.” Once I finally started to learn more and more about animals killed for human consumption, I realized that everything I once thought I knew was a lie.
The only reason there are so many cows, chickens, and pigs walking the earth right now, is because they are here for one reason and one reason only: they are here because people want them to be. The more that people eat meat, the more animals are needed to be bred and ultimately killed for human consumption. The only reason these animals come into the world is to be killed for food. Imagine being born into the world only to be killed so that someone else can fill their belly.
So, to answer the question, if we didn’t eat animals, the amount of animals on earth would be no problem at all. We would no longer have a need for them to be here in mass, so these animals would no longer be forced to reproduce constantly in unnatural conditions.
A major reason that animals are treated so poorly is that we allow it to happen. Every time we purchase meat, we are telling the food industry, “This is what we want!”
To put your blinders on and forget how the animal got on your plate is also telling them “I don’t care,” so the wrongdoings of factory farms are made okay. As long as they’re making money and people are buying the products with no complaints, they’re going to keep doing what they’re doing.
I would like to know that every animal on earth has the chance to live, just like humans do. Why should they experience pain and suffering only to have their lives destroyed for our selfish needs? We are the reason that so many animals are suffering. Without our selfish demands, there would not be nearly as many animals on earth.
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