If you want to be a vegetarian/vegan, go right ahead. Eating meat in moderation is probably healthier for you. But for you to compare killing animals for food to child abuse exhibits a very narrow method of thinking that sounds just like the pro-life fundies who compare embryonic stem cell research to murder.
To me this whole Vegan thing looks more like religious fundamentalist faith than being reasonable.
Of course it is. It's building a pedestal for yourself, climbing on top of it and denouncing all who you see as corrupt sinners and moral failures. Some people when they abandon god need to find something else holy to fill the void in their lives - they are cripples incapable of living life without doing so. The need victims and scapegoats to feed on. It is also quite similar to antisemitism and homophobia. The need to have someone to blame for evil.
Er I look at very differently, vegans are advocating an ideal, and idea which is technologically feasible, or will be in the very near future, what's lacking is the will to implement that technology, which will require huge initial capital outlays and a rethinking of how we view food.
Those advocating for the status quo do so as they would rather not change their behaviour for the betterment of other species, especially if it requires the allocation of their resources. In this regard, the analogy with slavery is not outrageous.
slavery provides enormous befits for the slave masters, it has built empires and settled frontiers, but provides nothing of comparable value to the slaves, misery doesn't count.
Alex Catgirl - Vegans are advocating an ideal. Yes, you're absolutely right - an ideal, not a fact. And not demonstrably tied by even the smallest tether, to reality. And just like all the other religions out there, tries to invent meaning, where there is none in nature.
The first clue is equating the killing of something with undue pain and cruelty. It really just harkens back to our own very human fear of death - one that we've 'projected' onto animals. It's what happens when people manage to get that removed, and stay that sanitized, from the production of their own food - and still aspire to sainthood.
I'm all for protecting endangered species. But the idea of raising and consuming 'livestock' has little to do with that.
Here's my position on the whole head of lettuce: When you can feed all the children of the world, let alone all the people - when you can put an end to the starvation of people, then I'll entertain arguments about rescuing some cows, from their relatively pleasant bovine existence. But chances are, you're going to have to raise more, not less cattle, to fulfill that goal.