A recent hashtag #farm365 that was started to showcase the hard work and care that farmers put into producing food at a farm level really brought some different views into farm tweeters timelines.
“Killing our fellow beings” “Raping dairy cows (AI) and then stealing their young for slaughter all for a few liters of milk per day” “Taking a life for a meal” “Murderers” Their views are so far off as to say ”Earth would be better off without humans” “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy” is another classic.
Little do they know domestic livestock is called domestic for a reason. These animals are ill equipped to live without human care and would succumb to the elements, predators and starvation in the arms of Mother Nature in short order.
Regarding the moral aspect, yes animals feel pain. That’s why we farmers take great measures to ensure our livestock is treated with due care and respect. But to take the “they can feel pain part” and turn it into “they can comprehend their reason for existence” is wrong. A pig's heart valve will function in a human body, but a pig has no qualms about eating grandma Sue or brother Bill for breakfast if they should fall dead before them in the morning. They can feel pain but have no concept of it; neither can they comprehend the concept of death or even life for that matter. They live in the moment, and we farmers do the best we can to make that moment the best we can. We give them shelter from the elements, food at their every whim and protection from predators.
Now to the point where vegans have it wrong.
We were created in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image” and God lives In us as we can read in 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.”
Therefore, if we were created in the image of God and God lives in us then human life is sacred and holy and also has meaning. And if we are not our own, neither are we anyone else’s except Gods’.
To put animal life on the same scale would be quite foolish and quite frankly, impossible. The only way one could even comprehend human and animal life to be of same value were if one were to take the atheist view that God doesn’t exist. But that view has its own issues for if God doesn’t exist then nothing is sacred, nothing is holy and nothing has meaning.