Excuses why not be vegan

But where is the harm if we kill an animal?

Most people would probably agree that intentionally inflicting bodily harm on another living being means that that being is harmed. According to the above, a shot to the forehead with a stun gun or electric forceps and then cutting the neck intentionally causes bodily injury.

Likewise, most people would agree that deprivation that another being disagrees with does some harm to that creature. If we take a creature’s life, we have harmed it for that taken life.

The killing of an animal (as well as a human being) thus certainly represents harm, regardless of the manner of execution.

But where is the harm if we take eggs from animals?

For the egg industry to thrive, it only needs females, as males do not lay eggs.

For this reason, in the breeding process, males and females are separated immediately after hatching, and males are killed immediately as they serve no purpose. On the other hand, their sisters are in captivity until their egg production is no longer profitable for the farmer, leading to their necks being cut.

This usually happens around one or two years of age. The average lifespan of a chicken is eight years.

But where is the harm if we take milk from animals?

For the dairy industry to thrive, it only needs females, as males do not produce milk.

Like all mammals, a cow produces milk to feed her young. The notion that cows produce milk all the time is misguided, as they only do so when they have a cub.

For this reason, males are slaughtered after birth. Either this will happen immediately, or they will be sold to the meat industry, where they will be killed as calves after a few weeks of captivity, or as adult cattle as soon as they reach a profitable size, which will be around one year old.

If a cow gives birth to a female, the latter will usually be separated from the mother so that the mother’s milk can be seized, after which she will be abused in the same way. When breast milk becomes less profitable, her neck is cut.

This usually happens after two cycles of milking when the cow is about six years old. The average lifespan of cows is twenty years.

But where is the harm if we take wool from animals?

The primary purpose of sheep farming is to eventually kill the sheep.

They are killed when they reach a profitable size, which varies from farm to farm, but in almost all cases occurs very early in the life of the animal, as they reach adult size at a relatively young age.

Wool is taken and sold, and the animals are then killed. Buying wool supports such practices, as well as others, such as raising captive animals for our use and cruel treatment during the wool removal process, and so on.

But where is the harm if we take silk from animals?

Silk is made from a silkworm cocoon. The silkworm wraps itself in a thread of silk and lives in a cocoon until it develops into a butterfly. If the butterfly is left alone, it bites through the cocoon in nature and eventually flies away.

In the textile industry, however, long and continuous silk threads are needed. Therefore, butterflies are killed, either by boiling them alive or by piercing them with a needle. The cocoons are then unwound to obtain long, undamaged silk threads.

But where is the harm if we take honey from bees?

Bees produce honey to have as a food supply. Collecting honey therefore means a kind of theft of their winter food.

Nevertheless, many other ethical issues arise in this regard.

The standard method of obtaining honey often involves killing bees that are crushed. Bees are sprayed to paralyze them while accessing the hive. When honey is stolen, it is replaced with a syrupy substitute that is not equivalent to honey, making it impossible for bees to access their natural food. Beehives are extremely sensitive and their opening to bees is extremely unnatural, as it destroys the atmosphere they are building. Selective breeding of bees has also weakened their species, as the migration of certain bees outside their natural environment spreads diseases to local bees that would not otherwise be susceptible to these diseases.

It is therefore a mistake to believe that beekeeping is good for bees.

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