There are alternatives to eating meat. In our society, meat is part of the staple diet of most people - but with a little care and study, vegetarians are succeeding in living without any cruelty to animals. Many eat plant protein rich foods as the USDA now understands and promotes http://www.usdaplate.com/ Remember, a Horse, Elephant and Rhino, to name just a few fellow mammals are many times stronger than humans and live on a exclusive greens and grains diet.
|Slaughterhouses are the saddest addresses in America. The politics are really awful but the killing houses would make any real person moan. Just because we don't see doesn't exempt us from some degree of responsibility. Stunning is a very small step forward. What if you were in the building when the animal to the left was jerked up by one leg and its throat cut? - Ed|
HUMANITARIAN VEGETARIAN NOTES
Avoiding meat is one of the best and simplest ways to cut down your fat consumption. Modern farm animals are deliberately fattened up to increase profits. Eating fatty meat increases your chances of having a heart attack or developing cancer.
Every minute of every working day, thousands of animals are killed in slaughterhouses. Pain and misery are common. In the US alone, 500,000 animals are killed for meat every hour.
There are millions of cases of food poisoning recorded every year. The vast majority is caused by eating meat. Meat contains absolutely nothing that the human body cannot obtain perfectly happily from a vegetarian diet. That goes for proteins, vitamins and
minerals - all of which can all be found in vegetables.
African countries - where millions are starving to death - export grain to the developed world so that animals can be fattened for our dining tables. 'Meat' can include the tail, head, feet, rectum and spinal cord of an animal. A sausage can contain ground up intestines. How can anyone be sure that the intestines are empty when they are ground up? Do you really want to eat the content of a pig's intestines?
If we eat the plants we grow instead of feeding them to animals, the world's food shortage will disappear virtually overnight. Remember that 100 acres of land will produce enough beef for 20 people but enough wheat to feed 240 people.
Every day, tens of millions of one-day-old male chicks are killed because they will not be able to lay eggs. There are no rules about how this mass slaughter takes place. Some are crushed or suffocated to death. Many are used for fertilizer or fed to other animals. Animals who die for your dinner table die alone, in terror, in sadness and in pain. The killing is merciless and inhumane.
It's much easier to
become (and stay) slim if you are a vegetarian. (By 'slim', I do not mean
'abnormally slender' or 'underweight' but rather, an absence of excess
Half the rainforests in the world have been destroyed to clear ground to graze cattle to make beef burgers. The burning of the forests contributes 20% of all greenhouse gases. Roughly 1,000 species a year become extinct because of the destruction of the rainforests. Approximately 60 million people a year die of starvation. All those lives could be saved because those people could eat grain used to fatten cattle and other farm animals - if Americans ate 10% less meat.
If you eat meat, you are consuming hormones that were fed to the animals. No one knows what effect those hormones will have on your health. In some parts of the world, as many as one in four hamburgers contain growth hormones that were originally given to cattle.
The following diseases are commoner among meat eaters: anemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostrate, constipation, diabetes, gallstones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, piles, strokes and varicose veins.
Lifelong vegetarians visit hospitals 22% less often than meat eaters and for shorter stays. Vegetarians have a 20% lower blood cholesterol level than meat eaters and this reduces heart attack and cancer risks considerably.
Some farmers use tranquillizers to keep animals calm. Others routinely use antibiotics to starve off infection. When you eat meat you are eating those drugs. In America, 55% of all antibiotics are fed to animals and the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin went up from 14% in 1960 to 91% in 1988.
In a lifetime, the average meat eater will consumer 36 pigs, 36 sheep and 750 chickens and turkeys. Do you want that much carnage on your conscience?
Animals suffer from pain and fear just as much as you do. How would you like to spend your last hours locked in a truck, packed into a cage with hundreds of other terrified animals and then cruelly pushed into a blood soaked death chamber. Anyone who eats meat condones and supports the way animals are treated.
Animals which are a year old are often far more rational - and capable of logical thought than six week old babies. Pigs and sheep are far more intelligent than small children. Eating dead animals is barbaric.
Vegetarians are fitter than meat eaters. Many of the world's most successful athletes are vegetarian.
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"Cruelty and Greed in the name of religious piety is especially repugnant" - Scott
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Scott Y., Humane Human