Do It for the Animals
Farm animals aren’t so different from our pets
We love our pets. As members of our families, they share our homes…and sometimes our beds. We take them on trips. We kiss them. We take them to the doctor. We mourn them when they die. Their innocence, trust and affection hold our hearts captive. Why then, are we so disconnected from the same human feelings of empathy and compassion when it comes to farmed animals? Cows, pigs, chickens, fish…they all endure suffering to end up on the dinner table. The fact that good people who understand where steak comes from and continue to consume eat it proves only one thing…humans are irrational. If you love animals, or hate suffering consider the possibility that your thinking and reasoning can evolve and change if you open your heart and mind. Did you know that every vegan saves about 100 animals a year? There is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing to avoid animal foods.
- Although most people are less familiar with farm animals than they are with dogs and cats, animals used for food, like pigs, chicken and cows are just as intelligent as our companion animals. In fact, pigs can even learn to play video games.
- Chickens raised in 1920 were slaughtered at 112 days and averaged two pounds. Today’s chickens are slaughtered at 47 days and weigh over five pounds due to selective breeding, antibiotic use and hormones. This is the equivalent of a 10-year-old child weighing 500 pounds.
- There is no other species, besides humans, on the face of this planet that drinks milk past infancy from an animal of a different species than their own. Dairy cows are forced to produce as much as 10 times the amount of milk their bodies would naturally produce to feed their babies, leaving them “spent” and “useless” to the industry in just a few short years.
- Think eating eggs involves no suffering? Take chick culling, for example, a practice of the egg industry that involves selecting newly hatched male chickens (for which breeders have no use) and killing them by grinding them up alive or throwing them into bins or bags to suffocate. Every year, this is the fate of over 100 million unwanted male chicks. When you eat eggs, you support gruesome practices like these. The great majority of all egg-laying hens are kept in battery cages. Usually 5 hens have to share a cage measuring 18 by 20 inches. Their living conditions are so stressful that to prevent them from pecking each other to death, they are debeaked – without anesthesia. In order to keep egg production rates high, hens are force molted. Force molting involves being kept in complete darkness without food or water to shock their systems into another egg laying cycle.
The stories and statistics that paint the pictures of the tortured lives and the brutality inflicted on animals used for our enjoyment goes on and on. Changing a belief system and diet that took a lifetime to develop can be hard, we understand that, but once you know where your food comes from, you can’t “unknow” it. Perhaps that’s why people just don’t want to peak inside the implications of their choices, it will require a change to be made, and until you start making those changes, something inside just won’t feel right. It’s from that point on, a new value system – value for all life – can be expressed and embraced…because in the ways that truly matter, we are all the same.