The arguments for leaving animals off our plates have never been stronger – and the availability of vegetarian food has never been greater. The green pastures and tranquil farm scenes of years past are now distant memories. According to the ASPCA “A factory farm is a large, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food. Over 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of animal welfare.” On today’s factory farms, animals have to endure inhumane practices such as overcrowding, caging, teeth-clipping and tail-docking, most of which are performed without anesthetic to cut high costs. Animals raised in factory farms do not get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they’re loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.
Why should we care about how animals are being raised and slaughtered? According to USDA Agricultural Research Service, “Scientists have even linked animal stress to problems with food quality and safety. When an animal is subject to stress and pain, it is more prone to disease and can produce lower quality meat, milk, or eggs.” (Smith, L. W. (2005).
In addition, factory farmed animals are given constant low doses of antibiotics which contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They are also routinely treated with pesticides and are given hormones solely to increase productivity. Moreover, the way animals are killed is beyond cruel. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian” -Paul McCartney.
Transitioning into a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle might seem really difficult, but in actuality it is not what it seems. If you are focused on making a difference, the transition to vegetarianism or veganism will feel quite natural. Presently, many people are turning to a vegetarian or vegan diet because of numerous health benefits. Some of them includes the reduced risk for heart disease, the reduced risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Vegetarians and Vegans consume a diet full of vegetables and fruits which are rich in certain minerals, vitamins, protein, and calcium. Vegetarians and Vegans tend to consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
From recycling to reusing, Animals Roar for Justice is aware of all the ways to live a greener life. One of the best ways to lessen the carbon amount in your body is to avoid all animal products. The combustion of fossil fuel to produce electricity is the leading contributor of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. Animal agriculture is a major factor behind the emissions of pollutants. By reducing meat consumption, this problem can be avoided easily.
Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide together cause the vast majority of global warming. Producing a little more than 4 pounds of beef causes more greenhouse-gas emissions than driving a car for 6 hours and uses up more energy than leaving your house lights on for the same period of time. By choosing a vegetarian diet instead of one loaded with animal products, individuals can dramatically reduce the amount of land, water, and oil resources that they consume and the amount of pollution they otherwise might cause. According to a Time Magazine article called “How a Vegetarian Diet Could Help Save the Planet.” The environmental impacts of a dietary shift could be just as dramatic, according to the researchers. Livestock alone account for more than 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and by 2050 the food sector could account for half if cuts are implemented in other sectors along the lines that countries have committed to doing. A vegan or vegetarian diet could cut those emissions by 70% and 63%, respectively. Changing dietary patterns could save $1 trillion annually by preventing health care costs and lost productivity. The future of our planet depends on us taking hard look at our eating habits and making the necessary changes to minimize the damage we have already done to the earth.