But if we stop eating meat, what will happen to farm animals?

This is a reasonable question. Since almost all farm animals in our culture are raised for human consumption, it's not unreasonable to assume that they would disappear if we stopped eating them. However, in my opinion, this is really a false dilemma.

These animals lived in the wild before we domesticated them, and there's no reason to believe that they can't again. Domesticated pigs, for example, can survive just fine after returning to the wild, and most become feral quite quickly after their release. It's true that in some cases certain species could no longer survive on their own, and in these cases, some manner of sanctuary or nature reserve would likely be necessary.

Thousands of years of domestication isn't likely to end without some challenges, but the notion that we have to keep killing and eating animals for the sake of their survival is simply not true.

Number of animals killed in the world by the meat, dairy and egg industries, since you opened this webpage. This does not include the billions of fish and other aquatic animals killed annually.

Based on 2007 statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Global Livestock Production and Health Atlas.

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