Conversing with a vegan/atheist on animal welfare

When I got to work this morning and opened up my TweetDeck (aka where I view and send tweets on Twitter), I read this quote put out by another tweep (aka person on Twitter):

“If U eat meat, please answer this question: why do U have ANY concern about the welfare of what U are eating before it’s slaughtered? #vegan”

As an animal welfare advocate, I felt the need to respond. Here is a diologue of our conversations. My twitter name is @Ag4front and my chat was with @AtheistMission:


@AtheistMission: If U eat meat, please answer this question: why do U have ANY concern about the welfare of what U are eating before it’s slaughtered? #vegan

@Ag4front: As a cattle producer, we take great care of our animals and make sure they get fed before we do. #humanesociety


@AtheistMission: If I was a cattle farmer, I would B bracing for wave of veganism that will B sweeping N. America in the years to come.

@Ag4front: 97.4% of people in US eat meat. I don’t feel threaten by #veganism. Meat is not only important in food industry, cont…

@Ag4front: but several industries need animals, especially medical when insulin and natural medicines are needed.


@AtheistMission: I consumed meat for 41 years. Now realize that going #vegan is best decision from ethical, health & environmental perspectives.

@Ag4front: The Amer Dietetics Assoc includes lean meats, poultry, fish, & eggs in their healthy meal plan. #food

@AtheistMission:It’s nice to know that U R kind to your animals before U slaughter them 2 eat them. IMHO that’s moral schitzophrenia.

@AtheistMission: 97.4% is a great target audience. Look out once they begin 2 realize that U can have perfectly healthy diet without meat. #vegan

@Ag4front: Perfectly healthy under what standards? I know I can’t change ur mind, but I want to know your source of health guidelines.

@AtheistMission: American Dietetic Association Endorses Vegetarian Diets http://bit.ly/79eEGF #vegan

@Ag4front: I couldn’t open ur link. Here’s the position of the American Dietetics Association (ADA): http://bit.ly/6PcjMl.

@Ag4front: ADA describes functional foods; include meat & dairy http://bit.ly/505TVP #meat #vegan #food #healthy


I felt that I accomplished something in at least providing more information for this person to read. I know there were others reading my links as well, because I track how many hits I get per link. I know this battle is only going to get harder, so we need to put out factual information about animal advocacy and the health benefits of meat for those uninformed to read. Here are some good reading links:

Animal Welfare Advocacy

National Animal Interest Alliance

Advocates for Agriculture

Truth Be Told Blog – Trent Loos

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