For those of you who cannot read past the first line due to some problem with focus, killing animals is wrong. Animals are not “livestock,” they are animals..just like your dog or cat. The whole idea of “regenerative farming” seems very nice, until you realize this includes killing animals, which is always an unnecessary violent act, and does nothing good for the animal, your body, or the health of the planet. In response to the so-called ethical omnivore, there is an obvious flaw in the logic.

First of all “ethical omnivore” is an oxymoron. An omnivore eats both plants and animals, so of course they are killing animals for food. Ethical is a moral stance which essentially asserts that a person is upright, honorable and good. One might question whether a person who kills helpless animals and consumes their flesh, or sees animals as a commodity is any of those things. Morality, of course, is subjective. A person can go kill an animal, yet tell themselves they are ethical, because it can also be defined as following acceptable rules of behavior. But what are those anyway? What is right for one country is wrong for the next. In some countries it is illegal to kill dogs and cats, but considered perfectly ethical to kill other animals. Why is that?

Ethical omnivores may claim that more animals are killed in the process of producing, storing, and transporting grain and vegetables than what are killed in producing “meat.” A 1200 pound cow eats 24 to 30 pounds of grains, corn products or other foods that rats love to invade every single day. I don’t know about you, but I have yet to see a human who consumes that much grain on a daily basis. So, of course, pound for pound, it makes sense that more animals would be killed raising cattle, pigs and other so called livestock than those that would be killed were we to get most of our food from fruits and vegetables. In addition, the land needed to feed organically raised cows for human consumption is unsustainable. This is of course according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and many other studies.

In addition to the millions of acres of rainforest (over 40% is now gone) and other lands that are cleared of oxygen giving trees and plants, it takes 400 gallons of water to produce even a pound of beef (also called dead animal flesh). Studies indicate that the average meat eater consumes over 4000 gallons a day (this accounts for crop irrigation, drinking water, cleaning the animals, etc.) when you count in the costs for meat production, whereas a vegan only consumes 300 gallons in the same time frame. Energy consumption is through the roof when it comes to “livestock.”

The cost to house the 60 billion animals we eventually murder for food each year is staggering. To top it all off, more and more countries are choosing the Americanized diet, which means they are consuming more animal products. The cost is environmental destruction, rampant disease, human starvation, horrific animal cruelty, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and overall climate change. The worst part of this though is the myth of humane murder. There is no such thing as humane killing. If you pet an animal and then kill it, do you think it suffers less? Murder is murder.

And this idea that we need to breed livestock animals to maintain the balance in our soil is absolute bunk. The earth has been around for 4.5 billion years, and humans have only been on the planet for a few hundred thousand at best. We have not made it better, but have destroyed it with every poor decision we make. So people, if you are swayed by flowery words and seemingly educated knowledge base of those who claim there is a sustainable way to continue to consume “meat,” please think again.

People who continue to eat meat are wrong. It is not only cruel and unjust to use other species as a commodity, but it is unsustainable practice that we no longer need in a world where we have access to so many other food sources. People keep saying veganism is a diet. It is not a diet.

Here is the definition of veganism: “A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment.

In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” You will notice that it says it is a philosophy that “seeks to exclude–as far as is possible and practicable–all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose…” One of the things omnivores, and other meat eaters like to claim is that no-one can be vegan.

That is not true. Vegans do not deliberately or knowingly kill animals for food, or purchase items made from animals, tested on animals, etc. We do not deliberately kill anything. That is veganism in a nutshell. If you deliberately kill animals, or advocate for deliberately killing any form of life, you are not vegan. It is possible to be vegan. Read the definition. Many of us are doing it, and we do it very successfully.