Veganism Causes Extinction

“If everyone went vegan then farm animals would become extinct.”

This is an argument regularly used against veganism. The logic that we are keeping a species from extinction by breeding them to eventually kill them is ironic, to say the least. Stemming from this argument is also the belief that it is better to have existed and suffered than to have never existed at all. 

Regardless of how ridiculous the initial idea is, let’s follow it through. My opinion:

I would 100% prefer that farm animals were extinct than suffer every day of their lives. 


You, your family, your friends, everyone you know, suffering every hour of every day. Kept in captivity, mutilated, used and eventually killed. This was your parent’s life, this is your life and this would be your children’s life. 

However, if we keep this imaginary scenario going, envision a button… A button that if pressed, would kill every one of your species and the suffering would end forever.

Would you press that button and end your species to save the suffering of yourself and your loved ones? 

I would smash that button. You’re welcome, loved ones 😉 

In actual fact, the likelihood of farm animals becoming extinct as a result of people going vegan is significantly low. As the world slowly becomes more vegan, the demand for animal flesh and bodily fluid will decrease. The animals will be bred less and eventually, when killing animals is no longer a ‘thing’, they’ll live their lives in sanctuaries or in the wild (if they are capable). Remember, these animals did fine living by themselves before humans decided to get involved. For more info on this topic, click here

So if you do eat animals for the sake of keeping the farm animal species from extinction, it’s ok, you can go vegan now 💚

67 thoughts on “Veganism Causes Extinction

  1. Hyde says:

    Boom. Yes, if we truly wanted to keep farm animals alive, we would slap their species name on the endangered list. Then, we would wait until their species rose to a number above extinction, then we’d murder them….just as we do with many others.
    Or, be vegan, and never murder another non-human, ever again, for food, sport, fur, science, etc……

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  2. Rebecca Arcarese says:

    Wow I have never heard that argument about extinction. It truly makes no sense. Thank you for sharing. While I do consume some animal products I do often think about the origin and condition by which it came to the table. Yes I do think we are all moving closer to a vegan diet every generation.

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  3. soulstories84457110 says:

    While I do not think that being vegan is a bad thing, I will say that I believe that if everyone were vegan it would be significantly harder for there to be a large population of certain animals, simply because of the habitat that has been lost. Most farm animals live on well, farms. Where they live because we consume animal products. If there were no more farms I do believe that farm animals would suffer.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      You believe that if we stopped breeding farm animals to kill them, then they would suffer more? Genuinely confused by your statement haha!

      If we did not breed farm animals in such vast numbers to eat them then we would have a lot less, and yes they would be able to survive.

      So there is no need to worry about going vegan 💚


  4. Elizabeth O says:

    Veganism has no impact on the lifespan of farm animals so anyone who says that is spreading fake news. I’m vegetarian and I’ve seen enough horror shows about the treatment and abuse of livestock raised for human consumption to keep me not touching it or years.

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  5. chaddden2001 says:

    I’ll be honest, I’m never going to agree with veganism, purely because there are some proteins and vitamins from red meat that just can’t be replaced by supplements and vegan food. However, you are right in saying that statement is completely incorrect.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      What isn’t the case exactly? From checking out your blog, I get the impression that maybe you didn’t read the article and just reacted to the title? I write my articles for non-vegans (to get their attention) hence the titles I choose 💚


    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      But if you read the article you would see that the title is just referring to the ridiculous argument that ‘Veganism causes extinction’ and I actually show why it is ridiculous. But feel free to still ‘thumbs down’ me in spirit 🙂 💚


      1. The Crumby Vegan says:

        Oh gosh, never be sorry for my misunderstanding, haha! I did not expect our conversation to go *this* well so I’m delighted how this exchange has ended. I love your blog btw, looks fab 💚


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