Animals feel pain. They have a central nervous system just like humans. They also have the same needs as humans, the need to move, to hang out with other members of their species, raising their children and having fun.
Imagine how it is to be trapped on a stinky dark farm where everything you see is torment and death. Factory farms are probably the biggest outrages of the modern person born out of the idea od the Nazi concentration camps. Today, billions of animals live in extremely narrow farms-factories, incapacitated, genetically manipulated, in cruelly overcrowed space, deprived of fresh air, sun and the natural environment. They are even deprived of the ability to stretch their wings or extremities.
Farm animal cultivation has one of the central roles in the overall ecological catastrophe of our planet, right after the industrial sector.
Cattle farming is one of the leading causes of the most serious ecological problems, such as climate change, deforestation, ocean “dead zones”, soil degradation, disappearing biodiversity, air and water pollution, greenhouse gas etc.
UN’s organization, FAO, hasn’t included all the contributors, but even in 2006, the cattle industry was declared as one of the biggest threats on planet Earth. (LINK).
It is estimated that today’s modern cattle industry takes up up to 50% of planet Earth’s soil, whereas many peer reviewed studies confirmed that the very same industry causes over 51% of global greenhouse gases, which is more than what is caused by the entire transport sector.
Did you know that people in Okinawa are one of the nations with the longest lifespan? Their diet is almost completely based on plants.
This phenomenon can be found in both humans and animals. Animals such as turtles or elephants have the longest lifespan of all, whereas some of the Earth’s strongest mammals are herbivores.
The most common causes of death are directly connected to animal protein intake.
Countries which use animal protein the most have the highest rate of cancer and heart diseases. There are thousands of studies confirming this. Animal products contain cholesterol (LDL cholesterol – “bad cholesterol”) which cannot be found in plant based products.
If someone were to tell you that people in the west can eat meat because African and Asian children are starving, would you believe them?
What is the food that makes more people starve the more we produce it? The answer is: meat! This is because producing meat is an incredibly wasteful type of food production. On average, in order to get 1kg of meat, you need to spend 10kg of vegetable protein (even more if you use grain, soy etc.)
Out of over 7 billions of humans on planet Earth, more than 840 million people suffer chronically from hunger. Apart from this number being terrifying, it is a very strict number and does not include those who are undernourished.
Almost 8 billion people share this planet, approximately 1 third of whom live in the rich north, and 2 thirds of whom live in the poorer south. In order to survive, all of us use the Earth’s crops and natural wealth, but we don’t use them equally. For example, a child born in the USA uses 12 times more additional resources than a child born in Bangladesh.