Egg-laying hens begin their lives in giant hatcheries. The male chicks born in these units are useless to egg farmers, as they cannot lay eggs, so they are gassed to death or tossed alive into giant industrial shredders.
Dairy cows have their calves taken away from them soon after birth, so that the milk meant for them can be bottled up for humans. Some female calves join the dairy herd, others are killed for pet and baby food, or so that parts of their stomachs can be used to make rennet (an ingredient used in cheese). The males are regarded as ‘waste by-products’ as there is limited demand for the ‘low-quality’ beef for which some are reared. ‘Surplus’ calves are shot or sent on punishing journeys to continental veal farms.
Scientific studies show that a plant-based diet is ideal for optimum health and lowers your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some cancers, as well as increasing your life expectancy.
In terms of an individual’s carbon footprint, switching to a vegan diet would have a greater impact than switching from a traditional to an eco-friendly car.
Almost half of the world’s food harvest is fed to farmed animals and almost all of those calories go into simply keeping the animals alive. Feeding crops to animals is exceedingly wasteful of the world’s resources.
November is Vegan Month. If you care about your fellow earthlings, yourself, or your planet, you should participate. This applies to all of you so-called “vegetarians” too.