Hexfix93 wrote:the cruelty is mankind domesticating these animals in the first place.
You know, the interesting thing about domestication is that it doesn't just alter the animals that are domesticated, it alters their domesticators in return. I've been trained in evolutionary theory, and what's been really eye-opening to me are the broader applications of that theory, namely that humanity has been co-domesticated by the plants and animals that it has domesticated.
Certain physical traits have been changed for sure, like the size of crops and animals, and these in turn work as selective forces on us. We inject cattle and other livestock with hormones, and thus we ingest these chemicals as well. And on a wider scale, other problems occur, like elevated methane levels in the atmosphere and nationwide high rates of obesity from cattle production and consumption, respectively.
I was raised on meat as a staple of almost every meal, but as I've spent time with friends who have become more aware of these realities, it's convinced me to at least reduce my meat intake and consider the plights of not just the animals humanity breeds for consumption, but also for humanity itself, as it is altered by that same domestication.