Most people will not take the time to design a fitted wire cage for a pig, design it in a way that the pig will be unable to move, so that he gains weight as soon as possible. Most people will probably not drag the pig and push him into boiling water while still alive to remove his hair. Most people will not push the pig down and drown him to speed up the killing process. And most people probably won't have the heart to cut through the pig's flesh and chop his body parts into pieces.
Most people won't pull a mother away from her baby so they can have the mother's milk. Most people will be heartbroken to see a mother yearning for her child, child yearning for his mother. Most people will not forcibly rape the mother cow by pushing his hand up her vagina, artificially inseminating her, so she can be pregnant again, and so they can pull another child yet away again, so that she lactates and produces milk for cheese and butter and cream to be made into ice cream and donuts and cakes. Most people will not drag the mother after she is spent and no longer capable of producing milk to slaughter to be made into a beef burger. Most people will find it gross. Most people will not be able to stand her pleading cries. Most people will have an aversion to the blood bath.
Most people will not grind male baby chicks or leave them to suffocate in a plastic bag. Most people will not intentionally starve a chicken so she can speed up the laying of eggs. Most people will not put her in a space so small she eats and urinates and defecates in the same place. Most people won't put another chicken with her in that same space, giving them no choice but to peck each other. Most people will not find the solution to this pecking as cutting off their beaks with no anesthesia. After she is spent, most people will not find her so skinny that the only use for her is to be killed and ground up and fed to cats or dogs or even to other chickens. Most people will not knowingly force cannibalism onto others. Most people will not plot so elaborately or so mercilessly to have enough eggs for that breakfast omelette.
Most people will not intentionally rape a cow to get her pregant, encage her to ensure she has no escape. Most people will not brand her with a hot burning metal plate to give her a number, to symbolize their ownership, to reduce her to nothing but an inanimate unfeeling object of utility. Most people will not kill her while her baby is still inside her womb so they can get the soft skin of the baby calf to be made into a purse. Most people will not subject another human being to stand in waist-high toxic waste to dye and preserve the skin called leather. Most people will not be so vindictive just for a jacket or a fashionable pair of boots.
Most people will not kidnap orangutans from the wild, away from their family and home, to be put on a cage and transported to the other side of the world. Most people will not deprive him of food or water or sleep, or subject him to carcinogens, or force him to smoke cigarettes. Most people will not go to this orangutan's home only to tear it apart and make it into a palm oil plantation. Most people will not chain the other homeless orangutans for going to the city. Most people will not beat the mother to death because she "stole" bananas from a store to feed her young, all because the home she had known and the trees where she gathered her food were all taken away from her.
Most people won't do any of these things themselves. And yet, most people pay others to do the very same things they would not do themselves. Most people eat meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and honey. Most people use leather, wool, feather, cashmere. Most people go to zoos, circuses, dolphin shows. Most people buy products that experimented on animals.
Are you one of the people who will not kill for pleasure, and yet are disconnected from the fact that your choices do indeed result to killing for no other reason than pleasure? It is not your fault you did not know. Most of us didn't. The meat and dairy and egg and fashion and cosmetic and pharmaceutical and entertainment industries did not want you to know. But now that you do know, will you join me in boycotting this senseless violence?
Please watch Earthlings, listen to Vegetarian Food for Thought podcast, or read through the Food Revolution website. There are tons of information out there. Most people are drawn to values of justice, kindness, and compassion. I believe your values are vegan, even if you are not. If you have any questions about turning vegan, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace. Love. Vegan.