1. It’s humane.
Are some farms slightly better than others regarding treatment of animals? Yes, but the word “humane, when it comes to meat, dairy, and egg production, is utterly meaningless since no government agency actually defines it. What’s more, all animals raised for food meet the same violent and unnecessary death: having their throats slit.
2. Animals enjoy open pastures.
You know all those cute, cartoony images of happy farmed animals outdoors on open pastures? Don’t believe them for a minute. The vast majority of farmed animals in the United States endure a life of misery and pain at factory farms. These innocent animals won’t see sunlight until the day they are loaded into overcrowded transport trucks and sent to slaughter.
3. Factory farming is sustainable.
We can’t even. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and deforestation. The truth is, the meat industry emits more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined. Take it from famed movie director James Cameron:
You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future, the world ahead of us, the world of our children, not eating a plant-based diet.
4. Meat is healthy.
Study after study has shown that one of the best ways to improve your health is to adopt a vegan diet. In fact, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that compared to shorter-term vegetarians, people on a vegetarian diet for more than 17 years enjoyed a 3.6-year increase in life expectancy. Just think about all you could do with that extra time!
5. It’s the only way to feed everyone.
Factory farming is not only terrible for the planet, but also incredibly wasteful. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef. Imagine how many more people would could feed if we gave that grain to people.
If you’re upset by the truth, join the millions of people ditching animal products and switch to a compassionate vegan diet.
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