Written by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Many PETA members
have contacted us to ask whether they should support so-called "humane"
meat. It's a question that we all should be asking because this issue is very
important—particularly for the billions of animals who are killed for our plates
If you look around,
society is at a turning point. Everyone from the NFL's Arian Foster to Bill
Clinton to Anne Hathaway is talking about how going vegan boosts one's energy
and keeps one looking slim and healthy. Grocery stores are packed with tasty
vegan foods, from faux meats such as vegan chicken and ribs to dairy-free
products such as rice milk ice cream and vegan cheese! It's no longer a chore
to ask for a vegan meal in restaurants, including steakhouses, and there are
now vegan options at schools across the country. Some universities even have
Now, more than ever
before, it is time to be kind to animals by not paying someone else to
slaughter them—something that happens even on so-called "humane"
PETA has pushed hard and will continue
to push hard to reduce the sum total of suffering in the meat, dairy, and egg
industries—because that makes a huge difference if you are a pig or a chicken
on a factory farm. We've stopped PETA protests outside Burger King or McDonald's
restaurants when those companies agreed to reforms, but that doesn't mean that we
would ever suggest eating meat from Burger King or anywhere else—because we
know that massive suffering still goes into every bite. Yes, it's better to pay
extra for an egg from a chicken who had a marginally less hideous life than one
who suffered more, but we must do better by animals. In fact, we have yet to
find a "humane" factory farm where animals don't have their tails cut
off and their ears painfully notched, where they aren't debeaked,
dehorned, or castrated without anesthesia, where they aren't kept in crowded
conditions without sunlight or fresh air, where they don't have their beloved
children taken away from them, where they aren't denied the companionship of
others, where they aren't sent to a feedlot, or where they are instantly
dispatched without the trauma of capture, the horror of transportation, or the
terror of seeing other animals killed before suffering the same fate.
PETA has pushed for vegan living since
our inception in 1980. Our motto is: "Animals are not ours to eat,
wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way."
With so many vegan cookbooks and meal options available and with programs like
the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and our
wildly popular vegan
starter kit, we can all help animals—and not miss a thing. Let's
live and let live, and tell others to come along with us, reminding them that
animals have emotions and needs just as human beings do.
is no such thing as humane meat. Giving
animals a few more inches of living space is simply not enough. Animals deserve
more. The momentum is on our side, but it will take every one of us to bring
this change about by being active advocates of animal rights. Thank you!
Ingrid E. Newkirk
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