I'm vegetarian, and try to be vegan at least one month out of the year (February lol) but recently I've heard a lot of admittedly brash assholes decry the wholesale farming practices and human rights abuses that are largely used to fuel the upper-class vegan lifestyle. Do you have an opinion about that?
I don’t know why these people act like they don’t eat vegetables and grains too (and if they actually don’t, they’re putting their health at serious risk). Not only that, but the ratio of grains, legumes, etc. fed to animals compared to the small output of meat and dairy they get from it means that non-vegans are actually consuming more of these crops by proxy than vegans are.
They also tend to completely ignore the fact that people working in slaughterhouses and rendering plants have a very high likelihood of being undocumented workers, which means they’re more susceptible to abuse by their bosses and unsafe working conditions, not to mention the fact that they tend to suffer mental health issues at higher rates due to the violent nature of their work. There are also the people who work on high concentration factory farms, poultry warehouses, feedlots, etc. who are exposed to such high levels of pollution from animal feces and urine that they end up developing various types of cancers, respiratory illness, and other diseases.
I don’t know any vegans who aren’t poor, but this might be due to the fact that I’m poor, so most of the people I know are as well. I also don’t know of any vegans who don’t think about the plight of farm workers and try to avoid contributing to their suffering. Hell, the founders of the National Farm Workers Association, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, were/are both vegan because they saw a connection between the suffering of animals and the suffering of their people working in the fields.
So my opinion on those people who tell you things like that is this: It’s classic projection. When confronted by the fact that they contribute to massive amounts of suffering in the world, they project that guilt onto you in an effort to neutralize it and avoid focusing on their own responsibility to consider their actions and change them as necessary.