The question is straightforward: Do you eat animals?
But the answer is quite complex.
Many people say they love animals, whether it’s the wildlife they see at the park, the dog they pass on the street, the cat they cuddle with on the couch, or the cows they pass along the highway.
People do love animals. Animals bring us joy. It’s why we have therapy animals. It’s why our Facebook timelines are full of cat videos or firefighters saving animals in distress. It’s also why we’re devastated to see undercover videos of factory farms.
Unfortunately, too many of us hold conflicting beliefs and attitudes.
It’s why we’re able to love our pets and eat cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals.
But the animals we raise and kill for food are just as smart and sensitive as the dogs and cats we adore at home. Consider this: Chickens can recognize more than 100 individual birds, cows form close friendships, and pigs are thought to have the intelligence of a three-year-old child.
In all the ways that matter, farmed animals are the same as dogs and cats. Yet we relegate them to unimaginable cruelties: extreme confinement, brutal mutilations, and bloody, violent deaths. If we treated one dog or cat the way the meat, dairy, and egg industries treat billions of farmed animals, we’d go to jail for animal abuse.
Thankfully, no one needs to eat animal products to thrive. In fact, ditching meat, dairy, and eggs greatly benefits our health and the planet.
So if you say you love animals, it’s time to stop eating them. Start today.