Thank you, and good to hear that you're open-minded. It's good to hear that you're supporting campaigns against other forms of animal cruelty, like poaching and deforestation. But have you ever asked yourself the question of what the moral difference is between killing those animals and farm animals when they're both unnecessary? It both narrows down to killing for pleasure/profit, does it not? And before you answer that by replying with "endangered animals", are you aware of the fact that animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction and global deforestation (over 70% of all)? Before I stopped eating animals, I never thought about these double standards, I didn't even know. So if you genuinely care about the rainforests and endangered animals, you may want to think about this. Because even poachers fade in comparison to the tens of thousands(!) of species killed off every year by animal agriculture. Consuming animal products affects far more than just us, and is far beyond just a "dietary choice". It's the leading cause of why our planet and its beings are dying, and can, therefore - by definition - not be called a personal choice. That being said, being endangered is no moral reason to kill others. Humans are anything but endangered for example, and there are more white people than descendants of Native Americans. That doesn't make it more moral to kill a white person than to kill an Native American person. Just like how it doesn't make it more moral to kill a dog over a pyrrhura. Animals (humans included) are individuals, not collector's items whose moral value is based on their rarity. I have sources for the claims above regarding the environmental impact of animal agriculture listed in the artist description of these 2 submissions. Feel free to go through them: #246: It's unsustainable
& #216: Fish
To reply to your argument about allergies: there are people with certain allergies. By catering on cons I've met many people who have certain allergies. People can be allergic to the craziest specific things; wheat, beans (including soy), nuts, certain types of fruit, vegetables, or something very random like onions. I recognize that allergies can limit options for people, but I have yet to meet someone who is allergic to ALL food in the world, including all of the over 80,000 edible plants on the planet, everything
but a burnt corpse, and therefore "can't" go vegan. It's nonsense. To say that one "needs" dairy is even more absurd since it's not even supposed to be a food group for humans in the first place (it's the baby milk from another species meant for their
offspring, NOT for adult humans) and is therefore on par with claiming one needs to consume giraffe semen to survive. The same applies to the claim of "needing" eggs to survive. Eggs are not just unhealthy to eat but are extremely rare in nature, and the only reason why we can consume them on a regular basis today is because of genetic manipulation of animals to force them to lay an unnatural number of eggs. Therefore someone claiming their health depends on it is absurd. It's even illegal for companies to market them as healthy, because they aren't even nutritious, just big lumps of fat and cholesterol. So despite the fact that industries put millions of dollars into making people believe that their health depends on their products, nobody genuinely needs
I understand that many people who claim to need meat/dairy are ignorant about nutrition, and I've met many people who genuinely asked for advice to be vegan with their allergy, rather than use their allergy as an excuse to continue their old habits. But there are still plenty of people who assume they can't stop eating what they've been raised with because of allergies/conditions that have nothing to do with being vegan or not (wheat, soy, fruit, etc., leaky gut syndrome, eating disorders), or worse: allergies or conditions that are ironically caused and fueled by it (acid reflux, oral allergy syndrome, digestive issues etc.) and then get mad and pull the "ableist" card when someone politely explains that they actually don't need that type of food (soy for example) to be vegan. There are entire communities that have been plant-based since the beginning of time. Not a single one of those people suddenly wakes up one day claiming that they "need" to eat dead animals and their genetically manipulated secretions, because there is no multibillion-dollar industry in those areas that makes them believe they will die without their products. Animal products are the hardest thing of all to digest and fuel a great number of lifestyle diseases because of it. No human being "needs" them. I know so many vegans with allergies, and I have some myself, so it's painful to hear other people with those same allergies use it as an excuse to make themselves believe that they have no choice but to kill animals, when they actually do, just to make themselves feel better about the fact that they're killing innocent beings and the planet for their own pleasure just like the rest of the non-vegans do. That doesn't mean that it's as easy for everyone to go vegan though. If people with allergies don't know better than depending on the same 3 products (meat, dairy, eggs) for every meal, they may be ignorant about what they can eat. In vegan groups online there's plenty of people with the same allergies/conditions who can advise them on what to eat. It just takes a bit of research. And for some, it may be a little more inconvenient than for others, but not impossible. If someone really wants to stop exploiting animals and the planet, they'll find a way. If not, they'll find an excuse.
I'm trying to be as open as I can with my information. Animal agriculture is killing the planet, so it's important to spread this message in order to encourage positive change. And my way to spread it is through what I'm good at: drawing.