The 'vegan' shuffle
On 05/03/2012 17:49, George Plimpton wrote:
On 3/5/2012 9:36 AM, Glen wrote:
On 05/03/2012 15:42, George Plimpton wrote:
On 3/4/2012 9:43 PM, Rupert wrote:
I don't believe that I have any way of knowing how the number of
premature deaths caused per calorically equivalent serving of tofu
compares with that for grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish.
You know, intuitively and based on plausibility, that raising the
vegetable crops you would have to substitute in order to get equivalent
nutrition causes multiple CDs,and that 100% grass-fed beef or
wild-caught fish causes none.
Eating meat causes the death of animals.
Cultivating, harvesting and distributing vegetables and fruits causes
the deaths of animals, too.
That isn't true. It /may/ cause some deaths but it isn't a fact that
it *WILL* cause them. Eating meat *WILL* cause them.
There's no getting away
from that fact until you stop eating meat and go vegan.
"Going 'vegan'" doesn't mean causing no deaths of animals.
It will mean causing no deaths to farm animals. That's a fact.
There's only a small chance that animals were killed to produce my food.
There is a 100% certainty that animals were harmed, including being
killed, in order to produce your food.
No. I don't believe you. You're only saying that because you
want me to feel as guilty as you obviously do about the cruelty
and death on your plate.
You don't want to acknowledge the huge difference between fact
You have presented no "fact" that warrants any examination.
It's a fact that eating meat causes the death of animals. It's not
a fact that eating vegetables and fruit causes the death of animals.
and plausibility because you want to make vegans feel as guilty
as you do for all the pain, misery and death on your plate.
Yes. I've seen this argument before from corpse eaters trying to
defend their cruelty by saying, "We're all killers, so leave me alone."
The deaths you cause are a necessary fact and unavoidable. The
deaths I /might/ cause are, by your own word, only "plausible" and
not a fact at all.
If driving my car always caused misery and death I wouldn't
drive. If driving my car held only the plausible chance of misery
and death, like it does, I would still drive. The difference between
doing something which always causes death and something which
only plausibly causes death is huge. You know it is but you'll never
admit to it because your guilt stops you.