• Small farm vs. vegetarian?

    Profile photo of treenus

    Over a year ago

    I was discussing eating habits with my boyfriend last night. While he eats meat, I am a vegetarian. He has never shown any negativity towards my eating habits but last night he brought up a good point that got me thinking. He told me that supporting local farms where animals are treated well would have more of an impact than avoiding eating meat at all, since I would be directly supporting the positive well being of these animals. I wasn’t sure what to say back, and was wondering what fellow PETA members think about this!
    Thank you for your input:)

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  • Profile photo of peta2

    Over a year ago

    Hey @treenus,

    Hmmm… I don’t really think that by supporting “small farms” you’d really be contributing to the well being of the animals killed there: whether it’s a small farm or a factory farm, these animals don’t want to die for someone’s next meal! Plus, as @LittleLotte said, these are SO hard to come by and often mislabeled, like the “free range” argument for example: http://www.peta2.com/issue/free-range-and-organic-meat-eggs-and-dairy-products-conning-consumers/!

    Hope that helps :)

    ~Liz from peta2

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    I’m not sure how paying for animals to be killed for your plate is “supporting the positive well being of these animals” because supporting their well being means keeping them alive!!

    And these days there are hardly any small, local farms around anyway.

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  • Profile photo of teatowls

    Over a year ago

    If you were supporting animal welfare then yes, supporting small local farms is the best option.
    Animal Rights however would not agree as someone is still being killed for the sake of someone else’s pleasure.

    It depends on the kind of ‘impact’ that you mean as well, it’d appease more meat eaters but there’d still be food wastage, environmental impacts…and knock on effects from those also so while they may not be as large, they are still larger than just what a vegetarian/vegan diet will have.

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