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#650: Morally evolve
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Published: December 13, 2018
Based on the “Vegan VS Farmer” video street interview by Earthling Ed: youtu.be/VdPcvOM4vXk

After 90 years of producing dairy products, Elmhurst now produces plantbased drinks instead. Its owner Henry Schwartz, has become vegan himself, too.
More and more companies are offering plantbased alternatives to the environmentally destructive animal ones. Campina, Kips and Melkan are a few examples of companies who offer plantbased products today. The world is changing and farmers should change along. 
I, as a former cattle rancher, have too.

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Over 50 billion animals are raised for slaughter each year. In order to feed them, it takes far more land, water and crops to feed them than it does to just feed us 7 billion humans on plants. The number of animals being farmed is unsustainable in fact, causing all kinds of pollution as a result of their manure and the greenhouse gases released, which is more harmful than all traffic pollution combined. Disagree with me? Please feel free to research it, but it's by definition going to require additional farming, space, resources, water...

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of...
:bulletred: Deforestation.
:bulletred: Ocean deadzones.
:bulletred: Greenhouse gas emissions.
:bulletred: Habitat destruction.
:bulletred: Water pollution.
:bulletred: World hunger (result of the aforementioned destruction).
:bulletred: Species extinction (also because of the aforementioned destruction).
:bulletred: Animal cruelty.

It's never going to be sustainble. It's never going to be kind. And it is never, by definition, going to be humane.

"HUMANE SLAUGHTER?"

The words 'humane' and 'slaughter' put together, are what is known in the English language as an oxymoron, i.e. 2 words that contradict each other when put together. To use the term 'humane slaughter' is as nonsensical as to say 'humane rape', 'humane slavery', or 'humane holocaust'—regarding the latter point, some synonyms for 'slaughter' in the dictionary are 'bloodbath', 'massacre', and 'holocaust'... given that it does not make sense to use the term humane for any of those 3 words, neither can it make sense to say it for the word those synonyms derive from.

Ask yourself this question: is there a nice way to kill someone who doesn't want to die? Given that animals want to live, and value their lives as we value ours, there is no nice way to kill them.

In any case, anyone looking at the methods we use to kill farmed animals can see for themselves that it's not 'humane'. Whether the animal is stunned with a bolt gun or prongs, or whether it's by gas chamber, or whether they are killed via the Halal/Schechita method, these are not exactly methods we would use to euthanise even someone who did want to die.

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DarkVikingMistressStudent Writer
Besides, you can farm fruit and veggies! There's certainly a big demand for them because everyone needs them to be healthy. 

I've often thought living on a cherry farm would be quite nice. 
Pupaveg's avatar
PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. More and more farmers are actually moving towards crop production instead, because the consumer is changing.
EmanuelTheodorus's avatar
Is that supposed to be grapes?
Mmm, grape smoothie.
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Yepz!
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Pollie-ChanHobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't done research and i don't plan on ever doing so since I'm not big on these topics, but if eveyone went vegan wouldn't the population of pigs, cows, chicken, ect get too large? Since there isn't necessarily any natrual Predator for them if kept in captivity.
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Animals are bred by humans for consumption. As more people go vegan, less animals are bred for consumption. As such, if everyone eventually goes vegan (which may not even happen, and if it did, would gradually take place over many years), then animals would no longer be farmed. So their population would not be an issue.
admiralnatsilane's avatar
I think the name of the farmer in this comic strip is Elmhurst!
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! ^_^ Sounds like it. But it's the farmer from the link in the description.
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StrangerThings4EverStudent Digital Artist
So cute!
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^_^
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StrangerThings4EverStudent Digital Artist
Pupaveg no prob :3
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Captiankritz1Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wonder what human flesh tastes like, how about any of you guys? I'm thinking of going full on legal Cannibal and need some willing donations.
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Pollie-ChanHobbyist Digital Artist
I'll join you on that
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Captiankritz1Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
The-Ashen-Writer's avatar
If this is a satire then you might not want to read this comment but if you're being serious then consider that humans need protein to live and our most available source of protein is animals so there's that.

Also I see a strawman fallacy.
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Protein: This nutrient is extremely easy to come across. If you are eating the correct RDA of total calories each day, then it is virtually impossible to be short of protein. Deficiency of protein is incredibly rare in modern society, and basically only affects people who are starving for whatever reason. It's not a concern for those who are eating a normal amount. The world health organization recommends between 5-10% of your daily calories to come from protein. So many common plant-based foods are in excess of that, many fall within that range, and only a few things like fruit fall slightly beneath. This really is not a concern for anybody.

Also, what's the "Strawman"? Please enlighten me so I can change it?
MrsVolv's avatar
MrsVolvProfessional General Artist
"People will lose their jobs" argument... I'm sure many people has lost their jobs when human trafficking became illegal - does that mean we should have never abandoned slavery? Job < Life
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. One can always get another job, but those who are killed can never get back their lives.
The-Ashen-Writer's avatar
The strawman fallacy is a logical fallacy in witch one misrepresents or incorrectly defines a position or term witch essentially builds a "Straw man" of sorts.
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
I am aware. But since I have literally quoted the conversation in the video, how is that "strawman"? Please explain, because I'm confused?
The-Ashen-Writer's avatar
Sorry if I misunderstood. However you should know that humans have evolved to eat animals and you can't erase thousands of years of evolution!Also let's clear something up right now; DeviantArt is a place where people can share awesome art they make not propaganda!
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Humans didn't evolve because of eating animals, but because of eating starchy vegetables, which causes brain growth. You see, the brain works on glucose, not on fat and cholesterol. And now it's time to morally evolve by encouraging people to evolve past the violent habits of their savage ancestors. :peace:
And what do you mean, propaganda? The meat/dairy/egg industries literally spouse propaganda like "you need the babymilk of another species mama for calcium" and "u need meat for pwotein and B12". All I do is debunk their propaganda.
The-Ashen-Writer's avatar
My point with evolution is that we evolved to eat animals and morals aren't objective so they can't "evolve".
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PupavegHobbyist Digital Artist
Humans have no biological need for animals, and our bodies didn't adapt to that of a meat eater. Meat eating is a cultural habit, not a natural one, which started out of desperation when food became scarce at one point in history. And even if it were natural, it is still unnessecary to kill animals and the planet today just for our taste pleasure. 
And are you saying that humans can't evolve morally? Guess you've never heard about women's right to vote, ending segregation or LGBT rights to get married, then? Next up is animal rights.
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