I’m doing this not to shame people, but to raise awareness. I don’t believe anyone truly wants to exploit anyone, but there may be some who are not aware of it yet, or some who don’t know how to easily transition from it. I’m on your side. Honest
Yesterday, in the comment section on someones post (I very rarely read them because I find them really deflating and not helpful to me) I saw the usual trolling. One lady really got me thinking.
She was saying how some of the other Vegans need to get off their high horses, stop feeling so superior and see that people can choose what they do and don’t want to eat. That we should stop feeling so superior to others.
Right, the thing is though, it is not just your choice to eat animal products. Your choice to eat animal products affects others.
It affects the animal that has been bred purely to be killed.
The animal that has been taken away from it’s family.
The animal that has been living a (far more often than not) shit life purely to be consumed.
The animal that doesn’t understand why it’s being shoved in a cramped metal waggon, freezing in the winter, boiling in the summer.
The animal that is shoved on a boat for days on end with no food or water.
The animal that is pumped full of hormones to make it grow at a ridiculously quick rate so we can kill it and eat it sooner.
The animal that has to queue up in a slaughter house hearing or watching all the other animals screaming and being killed.
The animal that gets prodded with an electric rod to move it along to its death.
The animal that gets hung upside down and its throat slit.
The animal that is feeling so much fear at the end of its life and not shown any ounce of love or compassion by the person killing it.
The animal that WANTS TO LIVE.
It WANTS to live.
But you are choosing to have that animal killed so you can eat it. Your choice is very much affecting many animals.
It also affects the world we live in. It affects the climate of our world.
Animal produce accounts for 32 MILLION tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Animal produce also accounts for 51% OF ALL WORLDWIDE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.
Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
The water consumption of the animals we breed for food is up to 76 trillion gallons annually.
It is responsible for 80-90% of u.s water consumption (you know the west coast of america is currently enduring a major drought?).
Growing the food to feed the animals consumes 56% of u.s water consumption.
2500 Gallons of water are used to produce 1 POUND OF BEEF.
477 Gallons of water are needed to produce 1 Pound of eggs.
900 Gallons are needed for 1 pound of cheese.
1000 Gallons are needed for 1 Gallon of milk.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth total land. 45% OF THE EARTHS TOTAL LAND!
Animal Agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.
2-5 acres of land are used per cow.
Every minute 7 MILLION POUNDS of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the u.s alone.
A farm with 2500 Dairy Cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
3/4 of the worlds fisheries are exploited or depleted.
We could well be seeing ‘fishless’ oceans by 2048.
90 – 100 MILLION tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year.
2.7 TRILLION animals are pulled from our oceans each year. TRILLION.
For every 1 POUND of fish caught, up to 5 POUNDS of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
Up to 63 BILLION (40%) of fish caught every year are discarded.
650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.
Loose fishing nets are constantly trapping ocean wild life
40-50 MILLION sharks are killed in fishing nets.
Animal Agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of the amazon rainforest destruction.
1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared EVERY SECOND.
Up to 137 animal, plant and insect species are lost daily due to rain forest destruction.
80% of antibiotics sold in the u.s are for livestock.
6 MILLION animals are killed for food every hour.
We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 BILLION people (yet people are starving?!)
50% of grain is fed to livestock.
82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals that are eaten by the western world.
Thanks to Cowspiracy for the help there. There is far more info on their website and also, the film, if you want to look it all up further. But please, give the film a watch! Please!!
So no, it’s not just your choice to eat whatever you want. Your choice affects everyone.
Also, the land required to feed a vegan, for one year? 1/6th of an acre.
The land required to feed a meat eater? 18 times as much!!!
1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of Plant based food.
1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.
Each day a vegan will save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 pounds co2 equivalent and one animals life. Everyday.
I am not on a high horse, I don’t feel superior to anyone. I am trying to spread awareness. I am simply living my life based on the facts above and knowing that for me to be a part of that is terrible.
Someone who feels superior, is someone who, regardless of knowing all the above, still continues to consume the products from it. I believe all living beings are all on the same level. Even if I didn’t believe that, who am I to decide to take another life when there is absolutely no need for me to? Is that not someone feeling superior? I am of the same importance to any other living being.
We don’t need to eat meat, dairy and fish. We have all the alternatives readily available. We are not lions in the wild. We are not living on a desert island with only animals for company. We will not die without eating animal products. Millions of humans are now living a vegan lifestyle and are doing absolutely fine with it.
So, go vegan, don’t feel superior to other souls and live along side the animals 😉
I used to eat meat… I used to love eating meat. I had no idea about all of the above! I know its very easy to eat it because I’ve done so! We are so well protected from all the money making gory details of the agricultural industries… but there’s so much info out here now. There’s no excuses.
Make the right choices. The right choices for you, your family, your children and everyone else’s.