Becoming vegan not only benefits the planet and your health, but a whole foods plant based vegan diet also benefits the forgotten victims: The Animals
‘The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?’Jeremy Bentham 1789
- Factory farming. Animals on factory farms are regarded as commodities to be exploited for profit. They undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximizing meat, egg, and milk production for the food industry. Their bodies cannot support this growth, which results in debilitating and painful conditions and deformities. More than 80 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are fed to farmed animals.
- Most farmed animals never experience fresh air or daylight until the day they are taken for slaughter. From the moment they are born until they are slaughtered in infancy, animals raised for food are kept in extreme confinement.
- Pigs. Globally, more than 1,244,000,000 pigs are killed for human consumption each year. Piglets have their tails cut off, teeth clipped and are castrated – all without any anesthetic. Mother pigs are kept constantly pregnant and are confined to 2 feet wide crates, so small they can’t even turn around.
- Chickens. Globally, more than 45,900,000,000 chickens are killed for human consumption each year. Chicks have their beak tips cut without anesthetic. Female chicks are crammed into wire battery cages and are barely able to move. Male chicks are of no financial benefit so are literally either tossed in the trash and left to die or ground up alive in giant macerators.
- Cows. Globally, more than 292,000,000 cows are killed for human consumption each year. Cows raised for beef endure branding, castration and dehorning all without anesthetic. At 18 months old they are sent to slaughter, 18 and a half years earlier than their life expectancy! Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated annually to maintain milk production. Mothers have their calves taken from them at birth so humans can steal their milk. Male calves are killed at just a few weeks old for veal, whilst female calves are forced into milk production slavery. At 3-5 years old, when their milk production wanes, they too are sent to slaughter.
- Fish. Globally, it is estimated that 100,000,000,000 fish are killed for human consumption each year. Fishing is most destructive industry for both marine life and the world’s aquatic ecosystems. Fish don’t receive any legal protection from cruel treatment, so these intelligent animals are impaled, crushed, suffocated, or sliced open and gutted, all while they’re fully conscious.
- Other Animals. The above animals may be the most familiar to you that are used for food, but dependent on where you live in the world plenty of other species of animals are bred for food. Ducks, rabbits, sheep, turkeys, geese, goats, rodents, pigeons, buffaloes, horses, camels, dogs and cats are all needlessly abused and killed and make up the 52,794,000,000 land animals that die by human hand each year.
Note: This number does not include the millions of animals killed in laboratories, fur farms, animal shelters, zoos, marine parks, or circuses.
Humane Myth. Labels such as “Cage Free,” “Free Range,” “Humane Certified,” “Grass Fed,” “Organic,” and “Local” are designed to ease people’s conscience and allow them to feel better about paying for animals to be killed. Most of these terms mean very little and are simply marketing speak. But even if the animals are slightly less abused: All forms of dairy involve forcibly impregnating cows. All male calves and male chicks are killed in infancy. All animals raised for food are slaughtered far earlier than their natural life expectancies. Dont fall for the humane meat myth. There is no humane way to kill someone who wants to live.
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