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Re: The problem of slaughterhouses, discussed at the word 'pig'.
I don't think there is an 'answer'. I think that people will do what they want, and an unimaginable cascade of positive and negative consequences will result. Vegetarians will avoid meat, omnivores will eat meat, both will purchase other nefariously-produced products, and the companies that want big money* will continue to wreak massive, irreversible, undeniable ecological destruction upon the planet, as well as subjective ethical sins against life forms that we empathize with (some of us, anyway).
*As well as lots of poor folks in less-industrialized nations that feed into inhuman, cutthroat capitalist businesses to support themselves and their families, often as a result of such companies destroying their family/culture's previous way of life through the destruction of natural resources, such as farmlands, forests, uncontaminated groundwater, healthy biodiversity of wildlife, etc..
If someone wants to do something and does it, I don't really see that as a problem. Rather, I think it's only a problem if someone can't manage to accomplish something that they want to. There are some cool innovations coming out, like lab-grown meat that doesn't require the participation of any living animals, but omnivores' preference to eat the real tissues of a real animal despite the availability of cheaper, healthier, more ecologically sustainable foods that can function as dietary (and even aesthetic) equivalents illustrates to me how the average person (at least in my area/culture) couldn't give a shit what happens outside the confines of his or her immediate experience, and moves only glacially away from what's familiar in favor of what's responsible.
I don't want the world and life as we know it to end, but it's looking more and more like that's going to be the end effect that we're going to have on the planet, and avoiding this fate is looking more and more like a challenge that we, as a species, aren't capable of overcoming.
Materialism, basically. Materialism and greed are the only thing that can destroy everything great that we have going for us in life, and we've got it, in spades. However, I think that it's clear that the motivation of materialism and greed is also powerful enough to ironically save us from this self-induced fate (though possibly just send us down another hellish path). Once it stops being profitable to behave recklessly, the most powerful entities on the planet (massive corporations, the general consumer base, and superpower governments) will stop, plain and simple. If we can collectively trick this monster into pulling a U-turn, there might still be humans around in another thousand years.