you do know that in the production of vegetables loads of mice and snakes and vermin die. Not to mention the vast number of insects killed by pesticides and other bug control methods. Why should you press your ideals onto someone else? It's not like this is an all out promotion of animal cruelty. It's a plushie for christs sake!
obviously...the amount of animals that are killed in the production of vegetables is not nearly the number of animals killed in the production of meat. not to mention...you have to use plants to feed animals...so the number of animals killed in the production of vegetables would dramatically decrease if we were to stop meat production.
[link] I think has already been brought to your attention before on one of your journals but it states that "Davis proposes a ruminant-pasture model of food production, which would replace all poultry, pig and lamb production with beef and dairy products. According to his calculations, such a model would result in the deaths of 300 million fewer animals annually (counting both field animals and cattle) than would a total vegan model. This difference, according to Davis, is mainly the result of fewer field animals killed in pasture and forage production than in the growing and harvest of grain, beans, and corn."
Oh noes! All the plushie cows in the world will go extinct!
Cutting back is one thing. And I will admit, there are thousands of flaws in the ways we raise and kill the animals. But people have always eaten meat. We always will. We could change the way we do things, which I would agree to. But no one who likes meat is going to stop because a person they don't know at all randomly pops up and says eating meat like our ancestors and the Native Americans had been doing for millions of years is a giant sin. Why should we listen? Maybe I'd listen if I knew you. But why listen to a stranger? Why should I care about what a STRANGER has to say on my eating habits? Go risingwaters for defending the other side of the debate.