I understand that living a “cruelty-free life” is among the top reasons for people to choose a vegan or even a vegetarian lifestyle (discounting medical or health reasons, which I don’t think makes it that high on the list, anyways).
A phrase often heard in those kinds of conversations is that of “a life taken”. A very noble ideal if you start from the assumption that all life is equal and that humans have no special standing among other animals.
My question is, when do those lives taken stop counting? Even assuming “organic” vegetables, there has to be a lot of worms, insects and critters killed during the harvest of veggies. Do those count?
I would imagine that it is impossible to live a life anywhere near normal without killing some (many) animals with our many activities. Just showering sends countless acari to their watery graves. Once you graduate to driving a car, or wearing clothes, killing animals is simply unavoidable. Is anyone making an effort to limit damage in those areas?
Do plant lives count? Plants killed in the process of food production? (I do not know that there are any, please educate me in this regard). Bacteria, viruses, fungi? (why or why not?)
Please, let us not turn this thread into a platform to take cheap shots at your unfavourite diet fad, philosophy, organization, etc. Yes, there are some nutjobs out there who embrace this, just as there are nutjobs embracing any idea. I want to hear from people who rationally believe in veganism or vegetarianism for moral reasons.
Is a cruelty/killing-free (CKF) lifestyle possible at all? Is veganism (as a diet) enough of an effort in pro of a CKF lifestyle?