Millions of human beings are suffering and being exploited throughout the world – but the idea that vegans don’t care about this is completely false.
We still all need to eat, use cosmetics and wear clothes regardless of the issues we are concerned about – so why not choose vegan versions of all these things? It’s more than possible to care about animals and humans together, and in fact our interests are often closely entwined – animal agriculture is heavily implicated in growing crises affecting humans such as climate change (source), world hunger (source) and the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (source).
For example, vast amounts of the world’s grain, soy and corn goes to make farm animal feed when it could nourish humans, and vital resources such as land and water could be freed up for human use if animal agriculture came to an end. The truth is that people in developing countries lose out when those in developed countries continue to fuel their desire for animal products – so caring about human suffering is actually another reason to go vegan, rather than an argument against it.