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Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Cows

There are so many reasons not to eat cows, but here are our top 10:

1. Your Body Will Thank You

Eating beef products is a good way to expand your waistline and increase your chances of becoming impotent and developing heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other health conditions. Research has shown that vegetarians have 40 percent the cancer rate of meat-eaters. Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than vegans are. Every time you eat animal-derived foods, you’re also ingesting fecal material, antibiotics, dioxins, and a host of other substances, some toxic, that can accumulate in your body and remain there for years.

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2. Cows Have Complex Feelings

Cows are gentle social animals. They have the ability to recognize more than 100 other cows, and they form close friendships with members of their herd. Researchers report that cows grieve when their friends or family members die. Learn more about cows’ personalities and some of their amazing feats.

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3. Hormones: It’s What’s for Dinner

To make cows grow at an unnaturally fast rate, the cattle industry implants them with pellets full of hormones. While low levels of naturally occurring hormones are found in various foods, many scientists are concerned that the artificial hormones injected into cows cause health problems in humans who eat them. Many of these hormones are illegal in many countries. Not so delicious, right?

4. No One Should Be Tortured

Cows endure routine mutilations, including branding, castration, and dehorning, that cause excruciating, prolonged pain—all without painkillers. After months on a severely crowded feedlot, they are then shipped without food or water to a slaughterhouse, where a metal rod is shot through their brains, they are hung upside down, and their throats are slit. Because line speeds are so fast, many animals are still conscious throughout the process. Learn more about cows used for food.

5. Factory Farms Pollute Communities

Runoff from factory farms and livestock grazing is one of the leading causes of pollution in our rivers and lakes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that bacteria and viruses can be carried by the runoff and that groundwater can be contaminated. Numerous studies and government reports have shown higher rates of miscarriages, respiratory problems, and neurological diseases among people who live near factory farms.

6. Animal Agriculture Pollutes the Planet

A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. According to the United Nations, a global shift toward vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

7. Even Cowboys Don’t Eat Cows Anymore

Howard Lyman was a fourth-generation cattle rancher who went vegan after learning about the effects of factory farming—he now tours the country promoting a vegan lifestyle.

8. Cows Are Amazing Escapees

A few cows have managed to escape from slaughterhouses. One named Emily got away from a Massachusetts slaughterhouse, leapt over a 5-foot gate, and survived for several weeks in the woods during the New England winter before she was rescued. While some escapees like Emily and Freddie (below) are released to sanctuaries, the millions of nameless cows killed by the meat industry each year aren’t so lucky.

9. Eating Meat Is Stealing Food From the Poor

It’s inefficient to grow grains and other feed crops for animals—only a fraction of what we feed them is actually turned into flesh that humans can eat. The vast majority is used by the animals to live and grow.

The highly respected Worldwatch Institute says, “In a world where an estimated one in every six people goes hungry each day, … grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat eaters and the world’s poor.”

10. Plant-Based Meat Is Better Than Ever

Leaving cows and other animals off your plate is easier than ever. You can now get tasty veggie burgers at numerous restaurants, including Denny’s, Johnny Rockets, and White Castle. Check out our favorite beef replacements, all of which are delicious and cholesterol- and cruelty-free.

For your health, for the planet, and for cows, go vegan!

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  • A Concerned Farmer says:

    God made cattle to provide man with milk, fertilizer, meat and a countless number of valuable byproducts. Not an ounce of the animal is wasted in the slaughtering process. as for the slaughtering process being inhumane, the method is almost flawless. before the cow is killed its heart rate is not even elevated. The vast majority of these claims in the previous article are not based upon science at all, but are merely bougs claims that are meant to harm American agriculture. American farmers and ranchers do their very best to feed this growing world, and I might add that they do a very good jot of it. todays modern farmers feed 155 people a day, yet they are still portrayed to be bad guys. Before you point the finger at someone else, take a moment and think about what you have done good for society today, because I promise you the American farmer has done way more than his fair share.

  • kamal says:

    one baby can survive by cows milk if he/she deprived of mothers milk in any way. also scientifically it is proved that consumption of cows milk everyday restrict many disesase of our body and which make us a good health. rather cowdung is very essential for increase fertility of soil of earth and act as a natural fertilizer which gives us healthy vegetables, crops, etc.also cowdung is a good fuel in rural areas. in essense cow not only gives us milk directly but also gives us foods, vegetables, crops etc. for survival of our life. cow dedicates its entire life for good of human being as a mother does for child. Then how can we kill or eat our mother. everybody should understand it and should take steps to save the cows woldwide.

  • Chronic says:

    If the entire world became vegan tomorrow what would happen to all the cows? Would the farmers keep them as pets? That would be so kind. I hope so.

  • Arpit Ninawe says:

    I m really thankful to PETA who is actually helping the mankind to know the real mission of life. one must follow it…SAVE ANIMALS SAVE EARTH & actually SAVE YOURSELF

  • Juli b says:

    How could you possibly look into the eyes of a precious Cow and then go and have a bloody steak knowing she died a very inhumane death just so you could eat her, or drink the milk she spent 9 months (just like your mom) preparing for her calf. Think about that each time you have a glass of milk knowing the mother cow was forcefully taken away from her baby so you could drink the milk God intended for that little calf. Thanks for doing all you do at Peta and at Farm Sanctuary

  • Manjeet Singh says:

    hi i am Manjeet Singh,i humble request to all of you Please save the Cow.

  • johnny lightening says:

    If you want to get people to stop eating meat show those meat processing plant Horror films . Man I watched some of those and about threw up . I could’nt tell you which one is worse cause they were all BADDDDDD….. People overall will never stop eating meat but the way we treat animals needs to be addressed.

  • samantha k says:

    I haven’t eaten cow in forever. c:

  • Ahmed Hamed says:

    This is horrible, I really want to adopt a vegi lifestyle, but my culture is saturated with meat in its food. I will never again be able to eat the same meal as my family. We literally eat meat or chicken every day.

  • ali khan says:

    This is Ramadaan month. I promise you this year onward I will save Cows and will not allow slaughter.Thank you for the article…

  • PETA_Leave Meat-eaters alone says:

    With all due respect to your vegetarian beliefs, PETA supporters should desist from interfering in other’s eating habits and spreading rumours against meat consumption. Some of your allegations such as meat causing impotence are a huge stretch.

    I’m an intelligent adult and did try being vegetarian several times. It’s just not healthy, maybe for you it has been. I feel a lot healthier when some meat goes in my breakfast and dinner.

    Meat is a complete food when complemented with veggies, grains and fruits. Human beings are meant to be omnivores, get used to it. Best of all, meat is delicious.

  • John says:

    Vegan burgers in chain restaurants!!! Why go in such a slaghterhouse?

    Why add to their profits.

  • VICTOR HARMS says:

    CHECK

  • Vick says:

    How can a cruel person enter Heaven where there is no killing?
    Eating meat means supporting the inhumane act of killing.
    Read the Gita for some enlightenment.

  • Gizy says:

    Michele is right i dont want to eat from animals just for food and im not saying we should eat them.I would rather starve

  • Rain Wilber says:

    It is very nice to begin this rather large under-taking of transformation of viewpoint… You can’t get too upset, because, paradoxically, the meat eaters have very sensitive egos, plus TV tells everyone exactly how to behave including eating as much meat as can fatten the wallets of certain people. I ate a bit of meat in my mis-understood youth, and was constantly suffering and wondering why, later figured out that the biggest culprit for me was thinking that animals meant nothing more than food.

  • Raveena Sharma says:

    tears jst roll down ma eyes wen i c d innocnt animals being mistreated n slaughtered for feedin purposes…evn god was unaware of human’s most evil side…wad can u preach??? if urslf ur d killer of humanity….let m tel u guys.how mch u worshp d almighty,u vl neva b abl 2 bear heaven for such an action of urs…..dis killin of animals has now extnded up to d killin of infants n digestin dem…SHAME ON HUMANS WHO CONSIDER DEMSLVES D MOST SUPERIOR..,YET I HAV NEVA SEEN SUCH WORST,UNKIND N IMMATURE CREATURES….may god behead ol d non-vsge in d sem way as been done 2 d animals…………

  • Michele says:

    I Hate the way animals are mistreated,just because they don’t speak are language,dosen’t mean there feelings don’t matter.I think every human on this earth, should feel nothing but guilt,when they buy meat,of any kind.I want people to feel for something else, rather than just there own selfs. we are the most selfish creatures, on they earth.I want every one, to realize that animals are inportant to.My wish would be, for no animal to suffer by the hands of humans.People are just plan mean.