I should also have pointed out, due to the political nature of this site, that 70 elected officials nationwide have signed up to take the VegPledge this week as well and are going vegetarian for the week! Here is the list:
Nine billion land animals (and billions more aquatic animals) are raised and killed for food each year in the United States—that’s more than 1 million animals every hour. The overwhelming majority of them are kept on factory farms, where the goal is to raise as many animals as possible in the least amount of time and space.
With virtually no laws to protect them, these birds, pigs, and cows are routinely treated in ways that would result in criminal prosecution if those same abuses were inflicted upon the cats and dogs with whom we share our homes. By choosing vegetarian foods, we can stand up for animals each time we sit down to eat.
Take the VegPledge this week!
By Julia Wotten
@bryanpease cool concept. I think it’s awesome this movement was able to get congressmen to actually do something! I am personally not a vegetarian but I’m grossed out by meat after seeing the documentary Food Inc. It really disgusted me. I’ve been trying to eat grass fed meat ever since. I straight up refuse to eat chicken and pig.
@bryanpease I love this! I think this is a great way to get more people to at least try eating vegetarian and vegan. Hopefully the people participating that usually eat meat realize how yummy life can be without murdering animals. I personally think eating meat is okay every once in a while. It’s just that our over dependence on meat is not sustainable. We have factory farms because we the people have created the demand for it. So reducing the demand for meat and animal products in any way is positive.
@twocents it’s great you are starting to become aware of the problems and cruelty associated with industrialized farming, but even eating grass fed meat is still murder!
However I am in the same boat, I eat meat and always feel guilty when I do but at least I know the animal had a happy life until it was killed for our enjoyment.
I am not vegan because I think it’s okay to eat animal products as long as they aren’t harmed or treated poorly in the process.
However, animals products are still not very healthy for us, especially if they’ve been pumped full of hormones or are eating GMO products themselves. I tend to find myself choosing vegan cheese instead of regular and I do notice a difference when I avoid cheese for a long time.
I don’t drink milk at all. It grosses me out if it is pasteurized and raw milk is dangerous if you’re not careful where you get it from.
Anyway, as you can see I believe animal products are pretty unhealthy and I despise the cruelty aspect of it. However I still believe eating meat every now and then is not only okay, but quite tastey.
Going vegetarian is a win-win option.
Whilst I have some sympathy with the views expressed which say there is nothing intrinsically wrong with eating an animal which has had a happy life and is then humanely killed, only a very small percentage of meat eaten in the western world is produced this way; it is no longer economically viable to produce the vast numbers consumed by methods other than “factory” farming.
Each year, in the US alone, the numbers are staggeringly high. Americans currently kill and eat about 700 million chickens, 20 million turkeys, 10 million pigs, 3 million cattle, and 2 million ducks every year. The majority of the animals lead far from happy lives; for most of them, the first time they see daylight is also the last day of their lives, when they are taken to be slaughtered. When you include other land animals, together with sea animals, the numbers killed annually run into billions.
So, going vegetarian would vastly cut down on the amount of cruelty we currently inflict on our fellow inhabitants of the planet. But this is not the only advantage.
Studies have been done over the last 50 years which have looked specifically at the effects of a vegetarian diet on health. These studies suggest that vegetarian diets may lower the risk of certain chronic diseases, notably cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.
The effects on the environment would be huge if everyone went vegetarian. By going vegetarian, we can help prevent global warming, rainforest destruction, and pollution, while saving water and other precious resources. In fact, raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined.
Finally, it is worth noting that only about two billion of the world’s population of over six billion people are regular meat eaters. If only 10% of those meat eaters became vegetarian, enough land and other resources would be released to produce sufficient food to end starvation and malnutrition worldwide. For example, in order to produce one pound of animal protein it takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel, and 15 times as much water as it does to produce one pound of soy protein.
If you want to see how many animals are being slaughtered worldwide, go to:
@Les-stoners ah! I cant do anything but agree with you. I feel so guilty when I think about the fact that I eat any meat at all. But I guess i’ve been able to block it out of my mind which is seriously hypocritical of me. I am glad that I have seriously cut down on my meat intake and I eat way less than most people. But still, I should just be Vegan. Anyway, thanks for the great info and Ill definitley check out the website.
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