Shannon, A vegetarian is someone who eats eggs, dairy and seafood. A vegan doesn't eat any of that. Secondly, eggs, unless they're fertile, aren't baby chickens. And no one if forcing you to become one, or are they asking you to.
I respectfully disagree. If you think about it, wouldn't it make sense that a vege
tarian is someone/something that eats vegetation
? Like, fruits and vegetables. I honestly don't see how you can't classify seafood as meat...
Also, about dairy farming - I think I can talk first hand on this. The range of care for dairy and meat cows varies greatly. Around here, most beef cows are free-range, grass-fed, never-come-inside-to-be-bothered animals. Sounds pretty dang happy to me. But this is far different from the massive feedlots in places like California. Now, dairy farming - I work on two different farms. One of them, a small family farm milking around 50 cows treats their animals like dirt. Some of them have broken or over-grown hooves, huge hematomas without vet attention, lacerations, beat and scared the crap out of. This is why I'm working on quitting this job. The other farm, a bigger farm milking over 200 cows. Their feet are trimmed regularily, cuts stitched up, stalls bedded twice a week, employees reprimanded for beating or screaming at cows, etc. So you see, there is no standard of care. So to say that ALL these cows are treated poorly is just not fair to the farmers who actually care about their animals.