The question is not whether humans and animals are equal, the questions are:
Should either suffer? and What can you do to stop their suffering?
“We can all agree that animals deserve to be treated with respect and love. They are vulnerable and we are the top of the food chain. Very few people would openly say that they approve of cruel slaughter methods or housing them in terrible conditions. The more that we can improve conditions that animals live in the better, however; until we can get to a point where there is equality amongst the human race, demanding such equality between humans and animals is going to be an issue.”
Based on the last sentence, her WHOLE point is that until or unless she can be convinced that humans are equal to nonhuman animals, she will continue to eat them. EAT THEM. To her, animals don’t deserve life unless she regards them as equals. To her, animals don’t deserve freedom from suffering unless she regards them as complete and utter equals.
I honestly don’t know what to say. It’s so absolutely absurd.
The right to not be eaten by humans who have a choice in the matter and whose health would improve by going vegan and whose ecological footprint would exponentially decrease does NOT require equality. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
The belief that humans and animals are equal is not necessary for the belief that ethical veganism is superior to omnivorism. [...] The simple belief that non-human animals are entitled to exist without externally imposed unnecessary suffering is sufficient for ethical veganism.
- current animal agricultural methods are cruel
- eating animals is bad for human health
- eating animals is bad for the environment
- most animal suffering and death occurs as a result of meat, dairy, and egg production
…veganism is your moral obligation.
If you’re unable to get there just yet and be vegan tomorrow, that’s OK. Keep trying. But STOP with the excuses already. If you claim to care about animals, stop eating them.