“You can’t save all the animals so why even try.”-most non-vegans.
“Vegetarian save more than 25 land animals per year.” (countinganimals.com)
Vegetarians save between 371 and 582 animals per year” (countinganimals.com)
I couldn’t find the statistics for vegans. So more with eggs, and dairy.
It mattered to that one animals. I remember a story I heard when I was younger.
One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.
As the old man apprached the young man he asked, “Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?”
The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. The old man exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish. How can your efforts make any difference?”
The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safetly in the sea he said, “It makes a difference to this one.”