Still not sure
about the whole "not eating animals" thing? Then read on!
to Matt Stopera of Buzzfeed for the
This chart compares the meat industry's advertising expenses
(yes, just its advertising expenses) to the total expenses
of organizations that promote vegetarian eating and/or meat-industry reform:
In just the U.S. alone:
That's 108 billion animals. Can you even
comprehend that? No, you can't.
Source: Counting Animals
Commander William T. Riker explains that humans in the 24th century eat synthetic meat and "no longer enslave animals for food purposes." Yeah, that's Star Trek, but do you really think that we can't come up with a way to feed ourselves that's less harmful to animals, the planet, our own health?
Meat isn't good for you—meat alternatives such as those made by Gardein and Boca are way healthier.
Your "canine" teeth and his are not the same. And there's a good reason for that: Dogs evolved their teeth for tearing raw flesh and crunching bones. Ours evolved for chewing and breaking down plant material.
Read more about the biological argument for dumping meat from your diet here.
Loreen Dinwiddie, likely the oldest person in the state of Oregon at the age of 109, credits her vegan diet with giving her a long life.
"It's all there in the Bible," she says.
"Emily was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was starving, scared and very sick. When we brought her home it took a long time for her fever to break and for her to gain weight. Her nose ran for weeks and she looked so lethargic and depressed. Finally the life came back into her eyes and the hope came back into her heart. Now she is very friendly and follows us around for treats and attention." —The Gentle Barn
"Forgiveness was rescued from a veal crate after being too sick to stand. After months of high temperatures and racking coughs he survived. He has sweet, sad eyes that melt your heart and bring tears to your eyes." —The Gentle Barn
"Bella spent her whole life in a cage but now she loves the barnyard. She has so much to explore and learn about and so much lost time to make up for. She is making friends, learning how the sun feels on her back, rolling in sand for the first time and enjoying her freedom. She is not scared of us anymore and has much to be thankful for!" —The Gentle Barn
"Biscuit, shown here with his peeps, was found at a pumpkin patch; a favorite attraction for the kids. This little piglet rolled over for tummy rubs, took food gently out of their hands and had the patience of an angel. When, to our horror we found out that the plan was to slaughter him the day after Halloween, we brought him home to the barn instead. He now delights visitors with his 1,000 pounds of pure love." —The Gentle Barn
"Chick culling is the culling of newly hatched male chickens for which breeders have no use. In an industrial egg-producing facility, about half of the newly hatched chicks will be male and would grow up to be roosters, which do not lay eggs and therefore provide no incentive for the breeder to preserve. Most of the male chicks are usually killed shortly after hatching." —Wikipedia
Mercy for Animals
Every year, more than 100 million unwanted male chicks are ground up alive or tossed into plastic bags to suffocate.
Sadie (the dog) gives Roxanne (the pig) a smooch! (Photo: Regina Huffman)
Kevin spoons with his feline sibling Delilah. (Photo: Romy
You've made this pig very happy! Or maybe it's just the vegan chocolate cake.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.