How bout the fact that veganism only furthers the abuse perpetrated against undocumented people?
All forms of agriculture in the US rely on undocumented workers, and capitalism and racism ensure the abuse of such vulnerable groups of people. Plant-based diets alone are not to blame for this. In fact, slaughterhouses are one of the most dangerous places to work in the US, especially for undocumented workers who cannot report their injuries without fear of deportation. Tyson, one of the largest poultry companies in the world, claims 1-2 amputations per month.
Tyson also kills
35 million chickens, 400,000 pigs, and 128,000 cows per week, so that amount death and killing has an extreme psychological toll on the people who work in these places. I’m not sure why folks choose to highlight veganism as the source of abuse towards undocumented workers, when the clear damage and violence caused by a meat-eating diet is so painfully devastating and horrific, to animals and humans alike.
Don’t believe me? Read Every Twelve Seconds: Industrial Slaughter and the Politics of Sight by someone who worked in a slaughterhouse. The name comes from the fact that a cow - a living, breathing, sentient animal - was killed every 12 seconds during his typical workday.
Vegan diets use less land, less crops (all of those animals you eat have to eat too), less water, and produce less pollution. Harvesting plants and crops can be done in a less harmful fashion, both to people and animals. Killing and dismembering animals can never be humane and harmless. Eating animal products will always be inherently abusive by its very nature. Eating plants is the less harmful route to take, and the abuse that does exist with undocumented workers stems from capitalism and racism. Not the act of harvesting plants themselves.