Allison Zabel
Allison Zabel

Animal rights activists are the perennial thorn in the animal agriculture industry’s side. They try to sabotage how good, hard-working people make a living. And who are they to tell me that I can’t consume meat and suggest that I have Meatless Mondays? Excuse me, but I would rather have Meat Everyday Day! Just because animal activists believe something, doesn’t mean everyone else needs to.

The United Nations has projected that by 2050 the world population will reach 9.8 billion people. Are we all supposed to survive on kale chips and yeast balls?

I‘d rather throw myself into shark infested waters and try to survive that.

I’m very curious how they’ve mapped out feeding almost 10 billion people. Have they even thought about the world’s growing population and how their needs will be met? The animal agriculture industry sure has. The pork industry uses less water and feed to produce a pound of pork than it did 50 years ago, and its carbon footprint is lower, too. The pork industry – and all of agriculture – uses technology and innovation to do such things. It’s an exciting time to be in this industry and I, for one, won’t let someone tell me what I can and cannot eat.

Animal activists have taken a different approach to furthering their cause. They’ve started to focus on campaigns that target restaurants, retail businesses and foodservice brands.

Zach Groff with the Animal Liberation Collective recently said, “Breaking the law can be a good thing to do. This is the type of activism (confrontational) that can often upset people, it can rile people up.”

Their major focus is on pressuring restaurants, retail and foodservice suppliers to adopt policies to stop selling or serving meat and other animal products. Activists don’t care if the business loses customers or is forced to shut down. They don’t care whether or not people suffer as a result of their actions.

What happens to the individuals and families that can’t make it because they own a butcher shop or a restaurant that is targeted and attacked by an activist group?

Animal activists’ main goal is to stop animal agriculture altogether. Where will those animals go? What will they be fed? How will they be cared for?

I would not want to survive on a meatless diet and I know many people who would agree with me. What if we told vegans and vegetarians they couldn’t have fruits and vegetables anymore?

In the end, life is short so I’m going to take the trip, buy the shoes and eat the bacon (or whatever meat I want).

Editor’s Note: Alison Zabel began writing a commentary for PORK Network when she was a student at Iowa State University. She is now employed in the pork industry. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Alison Zabel.