After reading it all I came to the same conclusion.
Funny you should talk about selective quoting.
There are around 600,000 African elephants. Protected wildlife reserves where licensed hunts are permitted, are an essential and sustainable part of their conservation. I've never met a cow who volunteered to be my shoes, but then I've also never known an animal in which human care is invested, to be wasted either. I'm all for humane treatment, managed conservation and the dignity of the natural world. But really, a thread about high quality shoes is probably not the natural home of the militant vegan. Especially if you're going to just make things up.