Alice Walker, paraphrasing Marjorie Spiegel, famously wrote: “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” I agree, and this is why I don’t eat or wear animals, their body parts, nor their secretions. Modern factory farming, which is nearly ubiquitous, subjects animals to unspeakable cruelty, and I abstain for that reason as well. But even if farmed animals were to live “happy” lives prior to slaughter (or during their “production” years as dairy cows or laying hens) their lives would still be subject to human violence in the end, and I’m not willing to participate in that violence.