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From: jason ( -
Subject: introductory questions
Date: July 23, 2007 at 10:04 am PST

Hi, I have a few friends who are vegan, and I'm interested in veganism,
but I have a few nagging questions about it. I am afraid to ask these
questions of my friends because it is a very sensitive topic. I hope to
find answers here!

1: My friend says there are many reasons for being vegan, one of them is
"to help the animals". I love this idea. But, how does being vegan
help animals? My understanding is that the idea is to put animal
industries out of business. If boycotting all animal products puts the
animal industries out of business, then veganism will prevent future
atrocities by preventing the livestock from being born. Does preventing
something from being born really count as helping the animal?

2: If I eat meat, I am, in part, guilty for the crimes of factory farms.
If I quit eating meat, I will no longer be at blame. However, the
factory farms are owned by big business conglomerates, who manufacture
many other non-animal products that I will inevitably buy. If I buy
some of those other products, should I still feel guilty?

3: Since factory farms are businesses, if they start losing money, they
will probably try to reduce costs. The most atrocious animal handling
procedures are borne out of a desire to reduce costs. If I deprive them
of my dollar, will I be encouraging the factory farms to come up with
new horrible ways to torture their animals?

let me know what you think about these questions. I'd love to get an
informed opinion. thanks...

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