In ecology, there are two strategies animals take for reproductive success.
They are the r and K strategies.
“K” species are characterized by large body size, open competition for resources and high investment in fewer offspring.
K offspring take longer to mature.
They are choosy with mates.
Wolves, bears, whales and elephants take a long time to mature. They are dependent on their elders throughout adolesence.
In order to feed themselves, K’s require training and skill acquisition.
It’s a sniper shot approach.
“r” species are anti-competitive.
“r” species have smaller bodies.
They mate freely with less discernment. They produce more offspring and invest fewer resources in each.
Insects, rabbits and mice must quickly fend for themselves. To eat, they require an environment with adequate, immediately available food.
It’s a shotgun approach.
r and K is not an absolute dichotomy. Most species operate along a continuum…
We are animals after all!
K people want open and free competition for resources and more individual security and liberty.
r’s value freedom of mate choice and widespread opportunities for reproduction with less investment in individual offspring.
Naturally, an environment favoring the r strategy — open, free resources — will produce more r people.
A K environment — harsher conditions with greater competition for resources — will produce more K people.
Of course, much of this is ingrained into our DNA.
People wish to live in environments which best suit their reproductive strategies.
We are constantly adapting and adapting to our environment.
Testing and reshaping it to suit our needs.
The divisions in society — economics, politics, security — ultimate come from our different reproductive strategies.
Social safety nets versus low taxation. Individual liberty versus collective security.
Grassy fields versus hunting grounds.
Meat is expensive.
It takes a large resource investment — hunting and/or herding — to secure meat as a food source.
According to a study at UCLA, children who are fed meat grow larger, stronger and become smarter.
They are individually more competitive for reproductive purposes.
Meat makes sense for the K strategy.
The opposite is true for r.
Providing meat for a large number of offspring is difficult and expensive.
At a high enough population density, meat for everyone is potentially damaging to the environment.
Why hunt when there is a big field of grass right there?
Why feed the grass to cows when we can eat it?
…Which brings us to vegans.
Veganism is an expression of r strategy.
Vegans require less individual resource consumption (grassy fields forever!) with a greater emphasis on environmental homeostasis.
As science has shown, meat eating children will be bigger, stronger and smarter.
Naturally, the meat eating children will have a competitive, reproductive advantage over the vegans.
What, then, should a vegan do to maximize his or her chances of reproductive success?
Make sure everybody is vegan.
That is why vegans constantly talk about veganism.
That is why vegans think it is a moral imperative to be vegan.
That is why many vegans lobby for meat eating to be banned.
That way, the social and ecological environment will favor their “r” strategy.
It’s their strategy for reproductive success.
After all, we are animals.