“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
— Thomas Edison

A better way Forward

Veganism in its truest form is not the most practical way of life with our current level of technological and social progress. Our society is built around using animals for our means. To allow every sentient beings the same rights we reserve for ourselves is not possible overnight, but if we recognize that sentient beings should not be enslaved or killed for arbitrary reason, then we have already taken the first step in correcting our dichotomies.

Killing is wrong. To take a life for no reason other than to consume, when there are plenty of non-sentient sources available, is deplorable. We have already reached the technological advancement needed to synthesize many of our needs from other sources. As more people lean away from our current habits and start incorporating better alternatives, the pace of advancement will increase to make these alternatives cheaper and more widely available.

Our habits are failing us, failing the planet, and are not consistent with our highest ideals. Our subjugation, enslavement, and slaughter of other sentient beings does not reflect well on us. Fundamentally, most of us are inherently good and like to live according to the golden rule. The sooner we become more mindful of our actions, the quicker we will recognize that there are better ways of doing things. and the faster things will improve for all concerned.