snippets from cok.net
Each year, 99 percent of the animals killed in the United States die to be eaten. Even if we were to completely abolish every other form of animal exploitation, we would have helped the lives of only 1 percent of the animals in the country. Needless to say, the interests of each individual animal-whether mistreated by circuses, the fur industry, vivisection, factory farming, or any other abusive industry-are important, and we know that some people become vegetarian after learning about rodeos, animal testing, or other non-farmed animal issues. However, the numbers speak loudly: By encouraging people to become vegetarian, we help to alleviate far more suffering for far more animals than by spending our time in any other way.
Perhaps more importantly, unlike other forms of animal abuse-mainly the hunting, fur, vivisection, and animals in entertainment industries-virtually everyone in the country is responsible for the suffering of farmed animals. Advocating for farmed animals is not a case of stopping a small minority of people (like hunters, vivisectors, or fur-wearers) from treating animals cruelly. Rather, it is about transforming the views and habits of nearly everyone.