Reducing meat consumption is not a bad thing if it cuts out fat and grease. Healthy lean cuts are OK. And milk and sterile eggs have none of the ethical quandaries of “don’t kill”. But thinking that a dairy goat has a worse life in a tended pen than running wild and eaten by a lion or wolf is insanity.
I attended a vegetarian cooking class and listened to a debate on the ethics of fake meat products, like veggie-corn dogs and ribletts (which my kids enjoy). The teacher finally shut up the argument by saying anything that led to fewer animals killed was OK with her, and that fake meat products, while unethical in concept, could be a stepping stone to more acceptable vegetarian and vegan foods.
Not eating meat wasn’t good enough - it couldn’t even LOOK like meat and be acceptable.
“And milk and sterile eggs have none of the ethical quandaries of ‘dont kill’”
Thos are only ethical problems for the simple and overly sensitive and overly rational. The rest of us don’t care. Anyway, “quandaries” would persist over chicken and cow slavery.
“thinking that a dairy goat has a worse life in a tended pen than running wild and eaten by a lion or wolf is insanity”
Also, the descendants of slaves live better here than they likely would in Africa. Doesn’t mean slavery was okay. Being hunted by lions is the price of freedom. Would you have them trade a little security for a lifetime of servitude?