I've got a question for any vegan on here.
Posted by Dblej at 12/20/2012
How do you use the computer and go on the internet? When you use electricity you are consuming energy that was formed from the destruction of fossil fuels which was formed from not only the remains of plant matter, but also of animal matter. Isn't veganism not using/consuming any animal byproducts? Also when you use those fossil fuels don't you contribute to the destruction of our environment which leads to the destruction of animal habitats and the animals themselves? How do you live with yourselves knowing that the time you spend bored on the computer, watching tv, or playing video games contributes to the destruction of animals?
So to answer your seemingly rude inquiry of how does one "live with themselves" for this, the answer is I go through life causing the least amount of suffering possible. As I become aware of different ways that my existence leads to the suffering of other living beings, I make efforts to minimize it. My actions - every meal I eat and product I buy - lead to a better world. Do yours?
Remember, it is not a matter of absolutism. The question is not, "Are you causing suffering?" The question is, "Are you trying to minimize the amount of suffering that your existence will inevitably cause?"
The animal agriculture sector—which includes the production of feed crops, the manufacturing of fertilizer, and the shipment of meat, eggs, and milk—is responsible for 18% of all green house gas emissions. Factory farming uses massive inputs of fossil fuels. In fact, the farm animal sector annually accounts for:
9% of human-induced emissions of carbon dioxide
37% of emissions of methane, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide; and
65% of emissions of nitrous oxide, which has nearly 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
A vegan diet uses substantially less energy than a diet based on animal products and therefore contributes much less to air pollution, acidification, oil spills, habitat destruction and global warming. In fact, a University of Chicago study comparing a typical US meat-based diet with a vegan diet found that the ‘typical' US diet generates the equivalent of nearly 1.5 tonnes more carbon dioxide per person per year than a vegan diet. The authors of the study concluded that it would be more environmentally effective to go vegan than to switch to a petrol electric hybrid car. Can you imagine the environmental benefits if everyone went vegan *and* drove a hybrid? So Dblej, the point is not to spend your time looking for the one instance where someone's actions harm the environment - because by merely existing we will have some negative impact on the environment - rather we should all look for ways to minimize our environmental impacts.
I think Dblej asks a legitimate question, though it sounds like he is defending meat-eating.
But no matter what you think of his question, responding with logic, facts and ideas is far better than resorting to insults.