You get frustrated when you are called extremists don’t you? "It’s reality itself which is extreme!" you say, "The ones who are trying to stop it are the only sane people around…"
So we’ll answer in the same manner…
Crippling tens of billions of chickens every single year is an exaggeration
Forcing hens to stand on wire mesh for their entire lives is an exaggeration
Forcing cows to live their whole live in shit is an exaggeration
Castrating baby pigs so their flesh would be tastier for humans is an exaggeration
Skinning live animals is an exaggeration
Muelsing is an exaggeration
Dehorning is an exaggeration
Detoing is an exaggeration
Forcing babies to live their whole lives in tiny cages so they won’t develop muscles and their flesh would be more tender is an exaggeration
Ripping feathers out of live animals so humans would have soft pillows is an exaggeration
Forcing animals into humans wars is an exaggeration
Imprisoning animals for their whole lives so humans can look at them is an exaggeration
Imprisoning animals for their whole lives so humans can use their urine is an exaggeration
Imprisoning animals for their whole lives so humans can use their bile is an exaggeration
Invading habitats by building roads and highways is an exaggeration
Bleeding lungs is an exaggeration
Bleeding paws is an exaggeration
Force feeding is an exaggeration
And on the solution side...
It is an exaggeration to expect humans - who are so far from finding a sustainable, rational, and non-discriminative political, social and economic way to live with each other in the same country, not to mention with their whole species (there is always a war going on somewhere in the world, more than three new wars every year) - to settle their relationships with other species on the base of equal consideration of interests.
To continue with the efforts to convince humans to stop consuming animal products because it hurts animals, while they don’t stop even when it kills them and their families, while they eat whatever they want whenever they want, keep on smoking even though they know it hurts them and their own children, don’t exercise, eat tons of sugar, fat and cholesterol, are too lazy to do something so easy and undemanding like recycling, is an exaggeration.
To continue with the efforts to convince humans to stop consuming animal products while most are still racist, sexist, nationalists, classist, ableists and chauvinist, is an exaggeration.
But even if we exaggerate for a moment and say that it is possible to make a vegan world, it would still be impossible to expect humans to live without hurting others. And so, even if a vegan world was possible... poisoning animals’ habitat while producing food is an exaggeration. And according to the WHO more than 2.26 million tons of “active ingredients” (poisons) are used each year. Sometimes the seeds are even sprayed before planting. Today it is estimated that the agricultural chemical industry is producing about 50,000 different pesticides based on approximately 900 active ingredients.
The methods farmers use to “defend” crops are an exaggeration and the diversity is scary. From the common leg trap that snaps as someone treads upon it, to creative mechanisms that shoot sharp spears once triggered, scissor-like knifes that shuts firmly or a noose that tightens and chokes. Those inquisition devices are spread by the dozens on each hectare when "necessary". In many cases the traps are covered and sometimes they contain baits. Usually they are placed right on top of burrows entrances or inside them, leaving no chance for the rodents who live there.
Burrows, which are the farmers’ main target, are also attacked by varied toxic gases, liquids called fumigants and also with foaming agents which are pumped into the burrow system, quickly filling it entirely.
It is an exaggeration to expect that the plant based agriculture that feeds the whole world would use only wild pollination methods and the wind. It is not at all realistic and so even more honeybees will be exploited in the pollination industry which already exploits more than two million honeybee colonies per year in the US alone.
And forcing billions upon billions of bees, to go through routine examination and handling, artificial feeding regimes, drug and pesticide treatment, genetic manipulation, artificial insemination, smoking, air blasting, transportation (by air, rail and road), starvation and killing in order to grow vegan food, is an exaggeration.
In addition and regardless of the hurtful methods used during the production phase, vegan food has to somehow reach vegans. Vegans are bound to participate in the extremely exaggerated paving of the world, and in the exaggeratedly transportation based human society.
And it is not only food. Everything humans do is an exaggeration.
You all know about leather, fur and wool but did you know that cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world, accounting for up to 25% of all pesticide use?
In one year alone over 50 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. cotton fields.
Every T-shirt made of conventional cotton requires 1/4 pound of poison. Obviously it is extremely far from the horrors of leather, wool and fur, but in itself, isn’t it an exaggeration?
Expecting humans to give up their cars because they may kill other humans is a serious exaggeration in their eyes, so do it for squirrels, racoons and cats?
Treating the ocean like a giant dumpster, is an exaggeration.
Treating the ocean and the sky as traffic lanes, is an exaggeration.
About 2,400 square feet (in the U.S) as an average home size, is an exaggeration.
Expecting humans to stop building shiny glassed reflective skyscrapers just because around one billion birds die in glass collisions every year, is an exaggeration.
So is expecting them not to trim down city trees during the spring, which is the height of the nesting season for most birds and squirrels and also the time when a tree is directing all of its energy into producing new growth.
And more than anything else, nothing is more exaggerated than a life of suffering from birth to death of more than 150 billion sentient beings every year. So no, we are definitely not exaggerating.
Animal rights activism can’t achieve a vegan world and even if it was achievable it would still be a sufferingfull and extremely human dominated world. Food can’t be produced without hurting someone else, it is just impossible. The fact that all this suffering, all these atrocities, are so inherent to this world, is exactly the problem.
Will you choose to make this giant oppression system a little less horrible, or devote the one life that you’ve got to end it?