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Instead of advocating vegetarianism, shouldn't we try to alleviate the evils of factory farming so that animals are treated better, less grain is wasted, and less health-harming chemicals are used?

The breeding of animals is a big business, whose prime concern is profit. Animals are raised the way they are today because it increases profits. Improving conditions, as suggested by this question, would certainly be a step in the right direction, but it would be strongly resisted by the meat industry and, if successful, would greatly increase already high prices.

Here are two counter questions. Why not abstain from eating meat as a protest against present policies while trying to improve them? Even under the best of conditions, why take the life of a creature of God, "whose tender mercies are over all His creatures," when it is not necessary for proper nutrition?

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