While Matt and I argue about the most effective method to advocate for veganism, others say “it won’t happen by choice.”
Here is a section from an article entitled, “Meat: the slavery of our time”:
“Sooner than you might think, this will be a vegetarian world. Future generations will find the idea of eating meat both morally absurd and logistically impossible. Of course, one need only look at the booming meat industry, the climbing rates of meat consumption in the developing world, and the menu of just about any restaurant to call me crazy. But already, most people know that eating red meat is bad for their health and harmful for the planet. It’s getting them to actually change their diet that’s the hard part — and that’s exactly why it won’t happen by choice. ” [...]
“The obvious solution to both health and environmental disasters is to stop eating meat altogether. But this is easier said than done.” [...]
“So how will we become a vegetarian planet? The numbers suggest that we won’t stop eating meat simply because it’s ‘the right thing to do.’ People love it too much. Instead, we’ll be forced to stop. By 2025, we simply won’t have the resources to keep up the habit. According to the FAO report, 33 percent of the world’s arable land is devoted to growing crops for animal feed, and grazing is a major factor in deforestation around the world. It’s also incredibly water-intensive. The average U.S. diet requires twice the daily amount of water as does an equally nutritious vegetarian diet, reports the Worldwatch Institute. Meanwhile, there will be more than 8 billion people on this earth, and two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed regions.” [...]
“Meat will disappear — except as a luxury available to few — and the ethical issues will evolve, too. In the way that slavery, once a broad social norm, later became an unthinkable crime, we can expect to see a similar shift once meat-eating disappears from our planet.”
But don’t think that means you shouldn’t get out there and advocate for veganism! You’re not off the hook, dear reader. If we have any hope of creating a society that truly respects animals, we have to spread the message that animals deserve more than empty excuses and hollow apologies. We have to promote animal rights any way we know how.