If vegans dislike the way animals are treated on industrial farms why eat NO meat? Why not buy local?
We've seen the sort of mentality that big business owners have with the "47%" gaffe. If vegans are so opposed to animal mistreatment on large farms then it seems like not consuming any meat at all is counter productive. All or nothing consumerism just makes the big business owners see a clear divide in consumers: those who care where their food comes from are not going to buy their product no matter what (their "47%" so to speak that they'll never persuade so why try?). This removes their incentive to change their business practices because clearly the remaining consumers will buy no matter what so there's no point in changing. Does anybody else see why vegan is counter-productive to the reason most often cited for becoming a vegan? You're not stopping animal cruelty, you're showing big business that you'll NEVER come around either way so they're going to keep making things cheaply for everyone else. If you buy from local farms and markets the big businesses will see local business models turning a profit and maybe, just maybe, change the way they do business some day.