On a blog called Gravity Bites, an author called Brian wrote a piece that argues that atheists are more likely to consider veganism, and that they should. The argument is interesting. Again, I’m not going to add much. The argument is that, as an atheist, you are less likely to conform for its sake; you are less likely accept pre-suppositions like ‘I am entitled to eat meat’; when you bemoan religious wars and travesties you reject suffering as a necessary condition to existence; you criticise pious immorality.
I will add, however, the ideas I shared in comment form, on the post itself:
This is a thing that I judge myself for. I fully recognise that I have no right to do as I please with animals. In fact, if I had to kill a cow or a pig or a lamb or a chicken myself to eat it, I don’t think that I could. And I think that says a lot about where I really stand on the issue of animal liberation.
And I’m pretty confident eating meat is only permissible to us because so many of us have nothing to do with it. “Meat” and “meat products” is such detached language compared to “the fresh corpse of a being that spent its life as a hostage”.
And that is what the meat industry is; a mechanised servitude, hostage taking murder machine. And I know this. And I agree with Sam Harris’ model of morality, so I certainly know that this is immoral! But I just ate a bacon and beef cheese burger… I know this is hypocrisy. I know this is immoral. And that is the mentality you are up against.