Thanks so much for your call.
Obviously, if beans, lentils, and other non-animal sources of protein were more expensive than animal flesh, poor people would eat more meat than rich people. But that is obviously not the case.
There is a bit more here:
If I can, I'd like to share a bit of my own experience. For several years, I survived on about $7,000 a year, and maintained a healthy vegan diet. I was motivated to do so because the huge ethical cost of supporting factory farms / consuming the flesh of animals -- individuals who wanted to live.
In short, I couldn't consider myself a good person if I didn't live truly ethically.
I hope this better explains our position. Every day, more and more people are joining with us and living true to their ethics.
To which she replied:
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my message -- I find your cause much more inspiring now! When I return to school, I will provide the vegan activist group with your information!