Except you are not allowing the cow to be feral, and you bred the cow with the intention of eating it. Plus range fed cattle eat resources that could be eaten by feral horses and we still have to clear pastures for pastured cattle which means cutting down trees and seeding etc.
And... just because you are a vegan doesn't mean you eat processed soy. You may have a vegan who raises their own organic fruits, veggies and grains (ok, not likely) in their backyard. They have acheived a nearly irreproachable level of smug in their non-impact on the universe. But you can bitch about the waste of oil in their plastic shoes, unless of course they have handmade hemp shoes. Then you are probably arguing with my SO back in 1997 and he'll get off the animal rights if you bring up the legalization of marijuana. 100% Hemp Sandals, Hemp Clogs by EcoDragon
As an single person that may work but since there has never been a successful vegan society, I think that person may eventually run into problems. Raising children on a vegan diet will be next to impossible over the long haul so the above example represents the best that we could do and actually have a self sustaining society.
It is sad that the measuring stick of our progress is the speed by which we distance ourselves from the natural world. Even sadder is that we will only see this when there is no nature left to save.
Now our argument is getting into environmentalism.
I do believe that the final argument against meat eating is the process of animal husbandry being a violation of animal rights. It does seem that hunting would be impossible to argue against as the predator/prey relationship is natural.
Read "The Vegetarian Myth"!
Challenge them to go into nature and live off the land for a week, you do that same go with them.
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