I love that article, too. (It has so many pages though! I may have to keep reading at a later time...) Vegetarians/vegans are so all-or-nothing a lot of the time... I mean, if someone had said to me 6 years ago: "you can just eat less meat, you don't have to give it up" I would have been on the mental bandwagon right there. It's healthier, anyway, not to mention cheaper. I doubt I'll ever stop eating meat, but I can certainly stop eating it at every meal.
The number of people who ask you in genuine confusion "well, if you don't eat meat, what else is there?" is just ridiculous. I was one of them. Then I found veggie casseroles, lasagna, stir fry, etc- and found out that a salad doesn't have to be iceberg and Caesar, you can have all sorts of crazy things on there- like strawberries or... or nuts! Eating less meat is great. I've been converting my family, too. This was mostly spurred on by my dad's 4 straight weeks of steak (good gods!) but the groundwork was there from non-militant veggies who invited me for dinner and cooked no meat (everyone's a sucker for free food) and my cousins who eat meat at a 10% of the diet level due to health concerns (cholesterol... I think?) I think that's a very good place to be, diet wise. Imagine if everyone in the country ate only 10% meat in their diets and only ate an appropriate amount of food. That would probably save more animals a year than every vegan and vegetarian could by not eating meat at all.
Oh- and as a completely other thought- the reason I object to service dogs (in particular) being compared to slaves is that a service dog has species-specific considerations and (as far as current knowledge is concerned) has the best possible treatment possible. They have a good, balanced diet, plenty of exercise, tip-top veterinary care, mental stimulation, job satisfaction and a reasonable retirement plan. Salves- not so much. They were overworked until death, treated with severe negative punishment, not fed properly, or given medical care, not properly stimulated so far as their mental needs were concerned, etc. Now, if you want to compare slaves to puppy mills or guinea pig breeding farms- that I have no problem with. But the service dogs to slaves is not even in the realm of apples to oranges- it's like comparing... er... bike tires to cucumbers (or something). Completely different situations. Same thing with the Jews to cows. I don't see the correlation. At absolute face value- cows need to be fed properly to produce milk/meat. I won't go deeper into that one as I went a bit nuts on the slavery issue. When you say that someone's service dog, who makes their life so much better and is usually a member of a person's family, is like enslaving another human being- that's just inflammatory. I don't see it serving any purpose than to make 'meat eaters' (really, we're omnivores... but tick them off and that's what they'll call themselves) making omnivores angry and making AR people feel self-righteous. Which is going against the crux of that great article, methinks.