🐽 🐮 🌽 Despite being vegetarian and a huge animal lover, I'm an advocate of local farming. Where animals are raised to the highest standards, respected and cared for implicitly by those who later have to send them to slaughter. There is a demand for meat and the majority reading this will never consider being a vegetarian or vegan, so there's no point in trying. However, there is a necessity to promote local. It supports a family, it supports the local economy and relinquishes the need for mass production, thus reducing the suffering of animals.
There is currently a lot of angst against vegan activists and farmers...take Joaquin Phoenix's "verbal assault" at the Oscars for example, it's caused uproar and further divided the disconnect between vegan and livestock farmer...and it's doing my tits in (that as we know, is a lot to do in). Joaquin portrayed the anguish sustained when a calf is torn from it's mother for our milk production - and I completely agree with his entire speech.
However, I wish people could appreciate both sides, there is significant hate against factory farming because of the horrific conditions and suffering that animals are subjected to. I'm sure many of you have seen the videos I've shared that substantiate these claims.
I hate to say it, but BOTH vegans AND farmers, it's down to you to promote local produce, not slate each other. I've seen enough of the slating recently. Unfortunately, there WILL NEVER be a time when meat is not in demand, but let's change that demand from mass produced for the supermarkets, to a local farmer who cares. Fortunately, the UK has one of the highest livestock welfare rates, but there's always a few who push those boundaries and cause unnecessary suffering - Farmers, I urge you to stand against those who don't hold animal welfare in high regard and to stand with vegans toward them.
It's the circle of life, humans eat meat and there needs to be a compromise people!