I’ve been told that as a vegan advocate I don’t care about people because the meat, dairy, and eggs industries create jobs, which people would lose if other people stopped eating animal products.
Look, war creates jobs. The tobacco industry creates jobs. The prison industry creates jobs. Does that mean we should drop bombs on people, encourage people to smoke, and imprison people arbitrarily? Of course not.
➡️Our ethics aren’t dependent upon economics. It’s not my job to keep a business in business. ⬅️
And when we’re talking about industries characterized by violence and harm, we need to make sure we’re not romanticizing them. Neither the animals nor the people who breed, confine, and kill animals are unaffected by what they do.
Bottom line: as people reduce their consumption of animal products and increase their consumption of plant-based products, different (and better) jobs will be created.
It’s called innovation, and it’s something we’re already seeing — including in the meat, dairy, and egg companies who are making their own plant-based products because they want in on this healthy, compassionate future that all of us can make happen.
“Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Anything.”
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