I also respectfully submit that not every vegan thinks that a better life for farm animals is a distraction from the true goal. For some of us, humane treatment of animals is the highest goal. It makes little sense to me to talk about life and death on a small, compassionate farm as enslavement and murder when the alternative is either not existing or what is arguably a worse life and death in the wild. Just look at “freed” / feral cats to see how well they live in the wild, with diseases, parasites, no veterinary care, and death by starvation, hypothermia, infection, predation, hit by cars, etc. Humans are the only predators who are even capable of caring about humane treatment of their prey. Factory farms are a stain on our soul and need to be eradicated, but humans living in harmony with nature as thoughtful and ethical omnivores is, in my opinion, a noble goal.
~ Laura K (October 24, 2011)