For years, animal activists have lobbied for laws that raise the cost of animal protein by banning common husbandry practices on farms. The regulations aren’t about animal welfare, they are about making it too expensive for farmers to produce–and thus consumers to purchase–animal products.
Now, activists are going whole hog, so to speak.
The animal liberation group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) recently launched a campaign calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign an executive order ending the creation and expansion of large-scale farms and animal processing facilities. Co-signatories include PETA and the deceptively named “Physicians Committee” for Responsible Medicine. In the letter, activists openly call the proposed order a “first step.”
Their ultimate goal is the abolition of animal agriculture altogether. DxE created a public document that lays out its 40-year roadmap. By 2055, the group wants to see to it that “Animal eaters are forced to hide in remote refuges and, when identified, are prosecuted by the Animal Rights Division of the Department of Justice.”
The plan seems more like George Orwell’s 1984 than it does a 2055 utopia.
What animal activists refuse to acknowledge is that forcing veganism on the masses through higher prices harms the poor the most.
In California, where many of these initiatives are being introduced, nearly four in ten people are living near or below poverty levels. For families who are counting every nickel, the price increases are magnified.
The ultra-processed fake meat alternatives these groups push tend to be more expensive, and not any healthier.
Products such as meat and milk are essential to healthy development in children. A study published by the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia found, “Meat is a core food in the diet for children and adolescents because it provides significant amounts of these micronutrients.” Similarly the American Academy for Pediatrics, the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Heart Association all recently recommended children drink cow’s milk and avoid non-dairy milk.
But of course, this doesn’t concern animal rights organizations. They only care about getting the meat off your plate, not about the void left in its place.