One reason heard from carnists from time to time for them not wanting to be vegan is the issue that veganism is a pointless venture as literally everything from tyres to mobile phones contain animal products in one form or anotherThe appeal to futility, seems to seem very rational in an individuals head and because of this it can make for a tricky point to come back on when faced with the excuse. Partly because, there is some truth to the argument.
It is quite easy to point out on the surface that because something is difficult does that mean that we shouldn’t try? Many a carnist would probably say ‘Yes’ anyway, as the seemingly unsurmountable obstacle, is just the perfect excuse not to try. You could argue that we are talking here about the difference between direct and indirect suffering, which I would say is a better point but still this misses an opportunity for you to drop some truth bombs. And who doesn’t want to do that from time to time.
The tact here is to employ the truth and the truth is always best kept simple. The truth of the matter is, that due to the very fact that literally billions of land animals are killed each year for the consumption of some humans, the by-products of this practise are in massive supply. When something is in massive supply the cost is cheap. This huge supply will drive a demand and the demand will in turn drive the supply.
As fewer and fewer animals are killed for human consumption the supply of by-products will reduce, as a result the price will increase. The retail market will reflect this as some companies may attempt to hike up the cost of their items to cover this. Some established companies may be able to raise prices in order to maintain their modus operandi as change will come at some cost. New innovative enterprises however will be able to opt for other materials in order to stay competitive.
Stumbling Towards A vegan World
These materials, from non-animal origin will be a selling point for a growing market which will create demand, which will drive supply, which will reduce cost. This is the circle that will be followed during each stumbling phase towards a vegan world. From finding alternatives to direct causes of harm, actually not eating them, to greyer areas covering the likes of the brand choice of a bottle of shampoo or preferred clothing company. Each time, the moral and ethical truth will eek out a solution, sometimes slowly and sometimes like a landslide. This will become more and more obvious, more and more in the public eye. More and more normal and more and more adopted by the masses.