Every single year, billions of animals are raised in heart-breaking conditions, only to be injected with antibiotics, painfully slaughtered, and in some cases, tortured. But beyond personal moral reasons that lead many to eliminate animal products from their diet, animal agriculture is quickly becoming the leading proponent in worldwide resource depletion and the self extinction of our species. Sounds over exaggerated?
A startling fact is that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined. Did you know that 51 percent (or more) of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture? (Sources here)
What makes us think we have a right to do something like this? If you were taken against your will, separated from your family/mother, tortured and killed, how would you feel? Arguably necessary for survival in primitive cultures deprived of arable land but entirely unnecessary in modern society with our convenient access to all types of fruits and vegetables worldwide regardless of season.
Some hunt with guns and crossbows, most hunt with their wallets and shopping trolleys in the meat or dairy aisles… It’s not hard to connect the dots.” – Jo Frederiks
Often the “cave man” meat eating analogy is brought up, when the truth of the matter is that many who roamed the earth before us had a diet that was predominately, and in some cases one hundred percent, plant based. You can read more about that (and find sources) in an article Collective Evolution have previously published HERE.
Moreover, our daily consumption of meat has been linked to multiple diseases, and there is a large general consensus in the scientific community that a vegetarian/vegan diet best suits our health and nutritional needs. With the American ‘Physicians Committee’ calling for the renaming of ‘Meat Week’ to ‘Erectile Dysfunction Acceptance Week’ alerting men to the shocking irony that meat consumption is a leading detriment to our ‘manliness’.
“Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.” – Harvard Medical School (source)
On top of that, the leading cause of rainforest destruction is our own food supply. We tear them down to make room for food crops and livestock grazing, and are doing so at an approximate rate of an entire football field’s worth of forest every single second. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality