And yet relishing in the exploitation of HUMAN workers
Who exactly is “relishing” in the exploitation of humans?
Slaughterhouse workers are some of the most violently exploited workers in this nation, not to mention that it takes many more humans to harvest the billions of pounds of grain, soy, and corn it takes to feed farm animals for years before they’re slaughtered for your burgers. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s talk about the immensely unsustainable way in which the Amazon’s rain forests aka THE EARTH’S LUNGS are being demolished to plant grain to feed farm animals (and the inherent destruction of wild animal habitats therein), or the enormous amount of methane and waste runoff from factory farms grossly polluting our waterways and aquafirs thereby affecting ALL THE HUMANS ON THIS PLANET?
It’s really sweet of you that you fill your plate with nothing but animal carcasses and secretions that took an immensely larger amount of water, grain, antibiotics, hormones, human labor, human exploitation, animal exploitation and slaughter than my broccoli and potatoes from my backyard garden. I’m humbled by your wildly philanthropic example.
Ethical vegans, in fact, care very much about humans, and oddly, that does not detract from our care for animals or vice versa. Do you love your father less because you also love your mother? That’s not how love works in my heart. The issue is not whom we care about or value most; the question is whether it is morally justifiable to treat sentient beings – human or non-human – as commodities.
Veganism is not about being perfect; indeed, all human activity has inherent consequences. It’s about reducing harm where possible.