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Become a Vegetarian and Save Animals

Animals are our friends;save them

Tina S
Tina S
Nov 10, 2009
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There are many ways humans are cruel to animals, and most of them are completely unnecessary. Every year in the U.S., more than 27 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating.
Humans, on the other hand, kill other animals by choice. Our bodies have no need for animal flesh, milk, or eggs.
Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment. And lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism.

Did you know?

Spend a little time with a chicken and she will come to love her cuddles.

Well cows are just as cool. They can love to playfully butt you with their big old head and develop strong emotional attachments to people and other animals.

Sheep are not stupid! They can recognize over 500 human faces.

Turkeys are so friendly when given a chance. When I was helping at an animal shelter one particular turkey used to follow me around everywhere.

Every single farmed animal can become attached to people and animals just like a dog. Every single farmed animal has emotions. They can suffer. They can feel pain. Every single farmed animal is an individual who deserves a chance.

Do Animals Really Suffer to Make Meat?

The aim of every farm is to make profit and sadly, the animals suffer so that people can make money.
In factory farms animals are kept so crowded together that it is impossible for them to exhibit any form of natural behavior. It is not just the cruel death, which is the problem with meat; it is the way the animals are treated before they get slaughtered.
Animals on factory farms do not see the sun or get a breath of fresh air until they are prodded and crammed onto trucks for a nightmarish ride to the slaughterhouse, often through weather extremes and always without food or water.
Many die during transport, and others are too sick or weak to walk off the truck after they reach the slaughterhouse. The animals who survive this hellish ordeal are hung upside-down and their throats are slit, often while they're completely conscious.
Many are still alive while they are skinned, hacked into pieces, or scalded in the defeathering tanks.
Animals on today's factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats: neglect, mutilation, genetic manipulation, and drug regimens that cause chronic pain and crippling, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent slaughter. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions.

 

Becoming a veggie

In fact, medical research has consistently shown that a vegan diet is healthier than a diet heavy in animal products. Eating animals is not necessary for human survival. Rather, it is a choice we make. In countries like the United States where meat is not as expensive, though, people choose to be vegetarians for reasons other than cost. Parental preferences, religious or other beliefs, and health issues are among the most common reasons for choosing to be a vegetarian.

Becoming a veggie is easy and you will not be missing out. Far from it, you will be eating much better than your meat eating friends.

For Your Health

Eating animals is bad for our health, leading directly to many diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. In response to animal welfare, health, and ecological concerns, compassionate people everywhere are adopting a vegetarian diet. Predators in the wild kill other animals out of necessity.
So a vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat meat, fish or any slaughterhouse products (such as gelatin). A lot of the things you already have in your cupboard are probably veggie. Think about it...noodles, pasta, margarine, bread, potatoes, chips, frozen veg, fresh veg, fruit, spices, flour. I mean you could probably get started with that. But a little shopping will take you to another level entirely.

Think of your favorite foods - pizza, pasta, burgers, bacon, jacket potatoes, and curry. Well guess what...you can still eat them all. The only difference is your food will not have meat in it. Most supermarkets sell veggie sausages, burgers, bacon and lot more and you can make veggie alternatives to nearly every meal out there. It's true you can even make shepherds pie (meatless).

You can buy nearly everything ready made, or you can grab a veggie cook book (there are hundreds) and get cooking yourself.

For the Environment

America's meat addiction is poisoning and depleting our potable water, arable land, and clean air. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from their waste is fouling our waterways.
Animal excrement emits gases, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia that poison the air around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide which are major contributors to global warming.
Forests are being bulldozed to make more room for factory farms and feed crops to feed farmed animals, and this destruction causes soil erosion and contributes to species extinction and habitat loss. Raising animals for food also requires massive amounts of food and raw materials: Farmed animals consume 70 percent of the corn, wheat, and other grains that we grow, and one-third of all the raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S. go to raising animals for food.

 

 

 
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