For The Love Of Animals?
Going vegan is one of the best things you can do to help stop animal cruelty. By refusing to pay for animal products, you reduce the demand for them, which ensures fewer animals are bred to suffer and die on farms and in slaughterhouses. Approximately 25 million farm animals are slaughtered each day in the United States. Approximately nine percent (more than 850 million) of the animals reared for food in the United States each year never make it to the slaughterhouse because they have already died from stress induced disease or injury. Each of these animals deserved to live free from harm and suffering. The majority of animals raised to be slaughtered for food are reared on factory farms and slaughtered at just a few months or weeks old.
Did you know the conditions on factory farms are far removed from the happy farmyard scenes you see in TV ads. Modern factory units exist to produce meat and dairy products as quickly and cheaply as possible, and the animals are given the bare minimum needed to survive. The animals are crammed into stinking sheds, most will never roam freely, nor will they ever breathe fresh air or see natural daylight. Many animals will die before they even leave the farm. These animals are victims of the terrible conditions in which they live.
For example, the male chicks of egg-laying hens are killed at just a day old simply because they will never lay an egg and won't gain weight fast enough for meat production. This happens regardless of whether a farm is intensive, free-range or organic. And once the egg-laying hens have ceased being profitable, they are sent to slaughter.
Another example, on dairy farms mother cows are usually forcibly impregnated, and calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth so that milk meant for them can be bottled for human consumption. Again, this happens on all farms, regardless of the level of welfare, and those mother cows are sent to slaughter when they are no longer profitable.
Let's not forget the fish that are dragged out of the water in huge nets the size of football pitches. Non-target animals including dolphins, whales and turtles are often caught up and die, too. Other fish, such as tuna, are speared on hooks on the end of long lines, and slowly dragged to their death. Some sea birds are in increasing danger of starvation as their food source are taken away. And the lives of farmed fish are just as dreadful; thousands of fish are forced to live in factory-farm conditions, where disease and cruelty is rife.
Animals are treated by the farming and fishing industries as if they are unfeeling machines, alive only to generate maximum profit. But each fish, chicken, lamb, cow or pig is a sentient being capable of experiencing pain, fear, discomfort and distress.
I urge you to consider eliminating or reducing your animal consumption. Even if you don't love animals. Regardless of my feelings for animals, I don't eat them. I don't cage them, or kill them. I don't need to love an animal to choose not to kill her baby so I can drink her breast milk. Some animals I love. Some animals I like. Some, it's complicated! I'm afraid of many animals. Mostly, their wild lives have nothing to do with mine, and I think that's fantastic. Their right to live freely shouldn't be contingent on human love. That's just basic respect. The love part is optional.