!!!Warning here folks, I am not holding back on this article. Some of the pictures and information is very disturbing!!!
Thanks for being patient with this part of the posting. This weekend was a HELL weekend, and I hope to not step foot in a hospital for a very very long time.
Now, as you know now, being a vegetarian, or even eating less meat helps the environment, BUT if that isn’t enough for you to save the earth, maybe the idea of saving a few animals might entice you to make the change.
Welcome to the ugly side of eating meat. I bet it never crossed your mind to think about what happens to the animals. I think the best way to show this to you is through the use of pictures. Hopefully you don’t have a weak stomach…
Lets take a look at Cows…
Just in the United States, approximately 35 million cattle are killed for beef, 9 million cows are raised for milk, and 1 million calves are raised for veal yearly. Now you have to understand, these killings are brutal, and are done without thinking of the animal at all. Most cows are slaughtered when they are 4 years old. Their 4 year life involves them being castrated, dehorned and branded without any anesthesia.
Now, lets take a look at Chickens…
This makes me sick, 1 million chickens that are raised for meat are killed each hour. Can you believe that? The sad part is, dying is the easy part. Chickens are raised as fast as possible so they can be sold for meat. To do this, fast growth formulas are given to them. This might not seem like a painful experience, but picture this, the Univeristy of Arkansas Division of Agriculture reports, “If you grew as past as a chicken, you’d weigh 349 pounds at age 2”. As a result, 90% of broiler chickens have painful leg problems, and 26% suffer chronic pain as a result of bone diseases. All these growth hormones put these animals on the edge of structural failure. But who cares there just chickens right? Well Let me ask you as question, what animal do you think I am describing?
These animals exist in stable social groups. They can recognize each other by their facial features. They have 24 distinct cries that communicate a wealth of information to one another.
It’s a chicken… So next time you think that they are “just chickens” think again.
Last, lets take a look at pigs…
I think you get the point of how much they are abused, so I will just show you some pictures.
Okay, well I hope I still have a few readers still with me right now. As you can see, the abuse animals go through for the sake of being eating is disgusting. There was a quote that made me be a vegetarian and I would like to share it with you.
I don’t eat meat, because I do not want my body to be an animals’ graveyard.
Now, I understand being a vegetarian is not for everyone, and I promise I won’t hold anything against you if you just like to eat meat. Malcolm Gladwell says awareness is no longer the problem with the environment, action is. I agree, but I think this is a part of being sustainable that not many are aware of. Simply reducing the amount of meat you eat per week can make huge changes in the environment, AND can save the lives on many animals. The last posting in this series will teach you ways to eat less meat, and teach you ways to cook vegetarian meals that I promise you will like….annnd of course I will show you how to do this on a budget.
Let me know what you think of this article. Are the pictures to harsh? Did any of you not make it to the end? Did this make any of you think differently about the meat you are eating?
I would love to hear from you.