This is something I hear a lot. Here’s my response. (THANK YOU FOR SHARING!)
CHICKENS, COWS, AND PIGS WOULD GO EXTINCT IF PEOPLE STOPPED EATING THEM. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS???
Hang on. Do you mean the factory-made, domesticated breeds exploited by the meat, dairy, and egg industries to maximize profits and feed our voracious appetites for animal flesh and fluids and who as such are not part of any natural ecological system?
Um, yeah as someone who cares about ANIMALS and the tens of thousands of species who ARE threatened, I would have no problem with a few Frankenstein-like breeds going away (the Angus breed of beef cattle, the Beltsville white breed of turkey, the Holstein breed of dairy cow, for instance).
Their wild ancestors were part of the natural world — the wild cattle, boar, chickens, goats, sheep, and wild turkeys — but we took (and take) that away from them, twisted their genes, creating breeds to make these animals grow larger and produce faster than their skeletons and organs can support. We hunted many of them to extinction, and we took away their habitats.
All so we can have an abundance of meat, dairy, and eggs every minute of every day. If you need to find a culprit in the extinction of SPECIES, look no further than animal agriculture. Not vegans.