If animals aren’t meant to be eaten, why are they made of meat?

Perhaps a more appropriate question would be: If humans have hearts and brains, why don’t we use them? Because if we did, we would see that animals aren’t so very different from us. They clearly show affection, fear, joy, the desire to live, and more. They aren’t emotion-less machines whose lives are inconvenient stages on the way to our dinner table. They are living, breathing, feeling beings who want to lead their own lives just as people do. Once we recognize this, then it’s easy to turn to a diet free of decaying bits of corpses.

It’s also just plain old good sense to reject a cholesterol-laden diet linked to heart disease, stroke, and many cancers and switch to healthier, delicious veggies, grains, fruits, and legumes. Please request a free copy of PETA’s vegetarian starter kit.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind