My brother-in-law was at a concert where vegans were passing out pamphlets to advertise their cause. He brought one home for us to see. They pictured animals being slaughtered, prodded, and pinned up in close quarters. Their quote was, "It's not whether or not they [animals] can reason; it's whether or not they can suffer."
What I don't understand is why they can kill plants and eat them but not animals. Maybe they would argue that you usually "harvest" things from plants, not kill the whole plant, or that plants don't have nerve cells. Then it hit me, do vegans use Lysol? Or antibiotics? Do they use bleach to kill mold on their shower walls? Just wondering.
Some verses on God's view of man's relationship to animals:
Proverbs 12:10, "A righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
In Genesis 1:28, he commands man to "...fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
(Thanks to their hard work, vegans have managed to get a law changed in Florida that expands the required minimum size of the pens of pregnant and nursing pigs.. Pigs now have more room. What they failed to realize was that the reason pig pens are very small is to keep the sow from being able to turn around and sit on and suffocate her piglets. Now pig farmers in Florida are losing many piglets, thanks to this new law.)