I don't think I said anything of the sort.
I summarized your post as economic concerns taking the greatest priority.
I said the cruelty involved in factory farming is related to economic concerns.
And you know that's what I said.
You are saying here that the cruelty is a product of economic concerns. What is the difference? Are you saying that cruelty is a means to save money? If so, then what prevents you from other acts of cruelty that could have economic benefits?
I would be willing to bet you've been complaining about the current economic state as much as the next guy.
Had you asked me at a different point in my life, yes I would have been. I feel the perspective I've gained in the last few years has made me much more reserved about what I'm willing to complain about. Especially, given the fact that I live in the USA and enjoy a very high standard of life directly because of that alone.
Just what do you think would happen if we all quit eating meat tomorrow?
Markets would shift. What is your argument?
What would happen if everyone quit smoking tomorrow? That would have an economic impact too.
All of that said, I've not advocated to outlaw anything or remove self-agency. I think people should know about the impacts of their decisions, not be insulated from them. That information, they are free to do anything or nothing with.
I'd also be willing to bet that you consume/use far more of those animal by products than you are willing to admit, or even know about.
I't s nice touch throwing in the "or even know about" at the end just as a catch all to hedge your bets. I've not purchased any animal products in terms of clothes since making my choice. I still own products from prior to, but using them until they expire is better than buying brand new vegan items now given my concerns for the environment. The issue of second hand is a topic I've heard debated in some circles. I'm not sure where I stand on it yet.
I agree, drop the false premise.
You haven't. You're being defensive.