Originally Posted by AccidentalVeg
America treats it's illegal, migrant workers like they are not even human. Refusing them basic rights like medical care, housing or education for their kids.
First off, medical care, housing and education are not basic rights. They are not rights at all. If they were, then owning slaves would also be a right, as you would need someone to build those houses and schools, and provide them to those who are entitled merely by breathing. Can't pay for a right, right?
Secondly, migrant farm workers are there by choice (can't say that for farm animals). They travel a long way, risking arrest and deportation, to get these crappy jobs. One would have to want something to work so hard to get it. True, those jobs are not as desirable as the ones you or I have, but the agreement between employer and employee is just as voluntary.
By choosing to forego meat, veg*ns are divorcing themselves from a process which involves cruelty and death inflicted on the helpless. It is not a condition that we can change, but we CAN opt out of it, so we do. We also try to encourage others to do the same, in most cases. No one here has any illusions that their personal choice will tilt the scales and change the world. We just make a single person's contribution, one person at a time, in the hopes of changing as much as we are able. You can't ask a person for more than that.