Originally Posted by kpickell
Not really, no.
Though I suppose if you hate vegetables (and want to see them die).
Reminds me of that thread about Violent Vegan. "Death to the infidels!! The streets will flow with the phytochemicals of the non-believers!!"
Actually, I have a pretty creative reason (or, more accurately, a philosophical reason):
The two things that really distinguish us from the rest of the animals on this planet are 1) We change the environment to suit our lives (other animals must adapt to their environment; and 2) We have really big brains that allow us to do #1 really well. Now, IMO, this is not a bad thing, nor is it good, it's just in our nature to be creative rather than reactive where nature is concerned.
The problem is, as we've advanced, we've found ourselves at odds with nature every time we cross it's path. By being the Creative Animal, we've, essentially, managed to put ourselves in a place where we're growing less and less compatible with the rest of the natural world. Few of us spend any real time interracting directly with nature, but where we attempt to be like other animals (such as when we eat animals), we do it so efficiently and effectively that it endangers the natural balance. In my estimation, nature is a balancing act that is maintained by each player in it adapting to it. Humans throw that out the window.
Now, I'm not advocating a return to Eden. It's just not for us. Humans must create. It's in their nature. So, I believe that people have a certain duty to divorce themselves from nature as much as possible (this sort of falls into line with the "no harm" advocacy of veganism for me). Now, that's pretty much impossible now, but in a few hundred years, I imagine we'll be completely divorced from nature, and the biosphere will be free to go on with it's business, and us humans with ours (living in space, or isolated cities that are totally self-sufficient, requiring no outside resources).
We're strangers in our own home, here on Earth. And while we can't create food and other things necessary to survival, we CAN attempt to leave as light a footprint on this planet as possible. As a vegan, I do this by causing the least harm and damage to the environment in the way I live. I still cause mass slaughter of plants (because I must), but I don't have to play the role of super-efficient carnivore. In fact, I don't think it's in any way appropriate for us to do that, considering the damage it causes.
(This reason is above and beyond the issue of suffering, which also motivates me, but doesn't really fit in with the theme of this threaad.)
I hope that all made sense.