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Just saying. Keep in mind that just eating more vegetables doesn't ensure that no animals were harmed in the making of them. Some plant makers harvest in ways which kill tons in the process.
That's a good point that is frequently ignored. The main staples of the vegan diet, grains and legumes, are harvested with equipment that dismembers and kills thousands of small animals that live in the fields.
Hunter-gathering is the most ecologically sound and humane subsistence practice on the planet. Unfortunately, it's been almost completely wiped out by modern agriculture, but it's making a comeback in niche circles with hunting and foraging.
I've always liked the Buddhist philosophy that it's better to eat animals that can feed a lot of people, thereby giving their life that much more value. I prefer to eat (locally raised on pasture) beef for that reason. Buffalo is great too but it's not available here.
Just being vegetarian/vegan doesn't mean one's life doesn't contribute to death or cruelty in some indirect way. On the same token, all meat eaters are not heartless and in the dark on the food supply in our industrial age. We all have to constantly question our food choices.