Written by Michelle Kretzer
day, I think about how lucky I am to have been born a human being. By the time
you finish reading this post, 1,463 turkeys and 44,294 chickens will have had their
throats slit, many of the 619 pigs who were slaughtered will have been scalded
to death, and 217 cows are killed, many while still
conscious. And that's just in the United States.
the end of the day, 104,273 cows, 297,392 pigs, 702,383 turkeys, and 21,261,534
chickens will have been killed in the U.S. to satisfy an old eating habit.
factory farms and in slaughterhouses, today is no different from any other. But
animal ambassadors know today as World Farm Animals Day, a day when we honor the
lives of animals slaughtered for food. We commemorate World Farm Animals Day on
October 2, the birthday of Mahatma
Gandhi, the influential
political leader and ardent vegetarian whose lifetime of advocating for an end
to violence toward people and animals prompted social-reform movements around
as we remember the animals who were killed for their flesh this year, a moment
of silence won't help end the suffering. Animals don't need us to be silent—they need us to speak up.
Please repost this image to your Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages to
remind everyone you know that just one vegan saves about 100 animals every year from suffering on factory farms or fishing boats and
dying painfully in a slaughterhouse:
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Mahatma Gandhi said, "The
greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated." What, then, can we surmise about the U.S., where 59
billion animals a year suffer intensive confinement, are deprived of all that
is natural to them, have their bodies mutilated by dehorning, castration, ear
cropping, and more, all before they are killed for a fleeting taste of flesh?
October 2, Gandhi's birthday, marks World Farm Animals Day, a day to honor Gandhi's
advocacy of nonviolence and vegetarianism and to remember the animals killed
for what he called "the satisfaction of our bodily wants."
plain facts are appalling: Every year in the U.S. alone, more than 7 billion chickens and 275 million turkeys have their legs slammed
into shackles and their throats cut before being immersed—often while still
conscious—in scalding water to remove their feathers. Many of the 118 million pigs killed annually are improperly
stunned and scream in pain as they are scalded to death. More than 39 million cows are hung upside down
and left to dangle with all their body weight suspended by one leg before their
throats are cut and they are skinned and gutted, some aware of what is
happening to them as their bodies are hacked apart.
humanity is to make real moral progress, we must treat animals as sentient
beings whose lives are their own and do not belong to us. This World Farm
Animals Day, we're trying to get 10,000 people to visit Meat.org and watch the
site's "Glass Walls" video. Please share the page on Facebook, on
Twitter, and in any other way you that can imagine to get the word out there!
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