If you support animal rights it does seem to be a contradiction to eat them or use products that involve their death. Everyone's circumstances are different. I'll give you a direct personal example: I'm a vegan - I consume no animal products, my shoes are made from non-animal materials and my washing stuff is also animal free. However, a year or so ago I was in hospital being treated for blood cancer. After the radiotherapy your throat becomes so sore and swollen you can't eat. On top of that, due to all the drugs in my body I had lost a lot of weight. If I did not receive nutrients I was going to die of malnutrition. The hospital had a way of 'feeding me' through tubes in my chest. It contained animal products. In those circumstances, I am not going to reject the treatment. There are quite a few instances where my abstaining from animal and animal-tested products was compromised. However, I think the circumstances meant the compromise was right. Other questions, besides health, relate to geography, economy (maybe not food wise but other vegan products tend to have a mark up) and other social issues. My attitude to animal rights is you have to find a consistency. If you agree that perpetuating intensive farming is wrong but conventional farming can be okay but you just shovel any old shit into your mouth, that's a cognitive dissonance I can't understand. Likewise, if you feel you shouldn't eat animals - for whatever reason - and then you do, I don't get it. A little while ago, I wrote an essay. It wasn't about animal rights but, after a friend read it, he quit eating meat because of an argument in the essay. He didn't turn vegan because he believe that it can be ethically consistent to eat milk and cheese. That's fine. What I get annoyed at is when people say 'I agree with you totally. I think it's not right to eat animals. But I just love the taste of meat, I couldn't give it up." First, how is that meant to console me? Second, what am I meant to think of that person? Be dismissive if you want, you're probably a bit of an ignorant fool. But don't be sympathetic and apathetic. For fuck's sake. Rant over. Apologies.