Whether it’s a stuffed toy for your dog or a new laser pointer for your cat, many people like to buy their companion animals gifts during the holiday season.
In fact, last year a survey by American Pet Products Association found that more than 50 percent of people with dogs and 38 percent of people with cats in the U.S. buy their animals gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah. It’s great and all that people treat their companion animals like members of the family. But unfortunately, their compassion often stops short when it comes to animals they eat.
Consider this: Before millions of people give their companion animals a holiday gift, they sit down and eat a “holiday ham” that came from an innocent animal who was tortured, and quite frankly, wasn’t that different from the dogs or cats they adore.
Cows, pigs, and chickens are just as sensitive and intelligent as the dogs and cats we consider family. Did you know 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?
Not convinced yet? Think about this: Chickens purr and turkeys like to perch in high places just like cats. Similarly, pigs enjoy belly rubs and cows respond to their names when called just like dogs.
In all the ways that matter, farmed animals are no different. Yet they’re subjected to unthinkable abuse: extreme confinement; brutal mutilations; and bloody, violent deaths.
If we treated just one dog or cat the way the meat, dairy, and egg industries treat billions of animals, we’d be behind bars for animal abuse. But unbelievably, there’s not a single federal law protecting animals during their lives at factory farms. And the law that’s supposed to protect animals at the slaughterhouse, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, excludes birds and rabbits, leaving them with virtually no protection from abuse.
We can’t ignore the hypocrisy of treating dogs and cats like family while subjecting farmed animals to unspeakable cruelties.
No one needs to eat animal products to survive; it’s quite the opposite. There are tremendous health and environmental benefits to ditching animal products.
If you love your dogs or cats and see them as unique, sensitive, and intelligent beings, it’s time you opened your eyes and started seeing farmed animals the same way.
Now go get that toy or laser pointer for your dog or cat—and then get a vegan roast for yourself!
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