According to a new survey by Cherry Digital, an international PR company, nearly half of U.S. meat eaters would rather go vegetarian than kill an animal themselves for food.
The survey data reveals that 49.3 percent of the population would not eat meat if they personally had to take the life of an animal. Rhode Island residents were the most likely to abstain from meat if they had to kill an animal to get it, whereas about 85 percent of respondents from Utah and Louisiana said they would be able to kill.
What’s more, the study exposed a considerable gender divide: 68 percent of men could kill an animal for food but only 34.7 percent of women. These findings echo other vegetarian statistics, according to the PR firm, showing that 59 percent of vegetarians are women and 41 percent are men.
This study is further proof of a clear disconnect between consumers and where their food comes from. If people had to witness the atrocities animals at factory farms are subjected to every day, they’d certainly ditch meat, dairy, and eggs.
In all the ways that matter, farmed animals are very similar to dogs and cats. Yet we relegate them to intense and unimaginable cruelties: extreme confinement; brutal mutilations; and bloody, violent deaths. The truth is that 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.
Thankfully, more and more people are opening their eyes to the plight of farmed animals and switching to a vegan diet. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 consumers found a growing shift toward a vegan diet, with 90 percent of vegetarians claiming they wanted to go vegan.
Additionally, the research firm Global Data reports that there were six times as many vegans in America in 2017 than in 2014, and Allied Market Research predicts that the meat substitute market will grow 8.4 percent from 2015, potentially reaching $5.2 billion globally by 2020.
Meat, dairy, and eggs cause an enormous amount of unnecessary suffering.