A recent Listener feature article dealt with the attempts to create imitation meat with meaty flavours but composed entirely of vegetables.
Mentioned a few times re the advantages which would accrue (global warming, greater productivity etc) was “ending animal exploitation.”
That’s shallow thinking. The animals we eat only exist because we breed them to consume. If we stop eating them then the only sheep, pigs and cows which will exist will be a handful in zoos, which in any event can also be considered animal exploitation.
Lambs and calves spend their initial six months joyously gamboling and plainly happy. So too many fish species, kittens, puppies and humans; that is re the evident happiest time of their innocent lives.
So the option for them is six joyous months or no existence at all.
That’s not to confuse the issue with animal cruelty, notably with chicken and pig breeding practices which are disgraceful. So too the sale of live animals for export.