More than one million animals are slaughtered each hour in the United States, and concern over how they are mistreated on factory farms has reached new heights. From chickens and pigs being crammed into tiny cages to animals being pumped full of antibiotics and hormones to make them grow unnaturally quickly, there’s widespread cruelty to animals in industrial agribusiness.
According to Counting Animals, a vegetarian saves at least one animal a day! Every time we eat, we can decide to contribute to animal suffering or to eat a healthy, humane meal. By avoiding animal products, we are voting against cruelty to animals. Read more about farm animal welfare on Vegan Outreach’s web site.
Raising, transporting, slaughtering, and processing farm animals (and growing all the feed they need) requires a lot more natural resources than creating plant-based foods. According to the Sierra Club, if Americans reduced our meat consumption by just 20 percent, it’d have the same environmental benefit as everyone switching from a standard sedan to a hybrid vehicle.
“If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, over a year, the effect on emissions would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road.” Environmental Working Group
Meat is often heavy in cholesterol and saturated fats, whereas vegetarian foods tend not to be. Compare the protein content on a package of veggie dogs and a package of hot dogs, and you’ll see that plant-based products usually have the same—or even more—protein than their animal-based counterparts. You can get all the good stuff, without as much of the bad stuff. That makes it easier to drop some inches from your waistline and reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
Read more about vegan health at www.veganhealth.org.
Opening your diet up to a whole new world of foods
Eating meat-free will also introduce your taste buds to new foods. From tasty plant-based products like veggie dogs and black bean burgers to ethnic foods like Thai tofu curries and the wide variety of meat-free dishes offered at Indian, Ethiopian, and Japanese restaurants, you’ll discover a whole new world of delicious food out there just waiting to be enjoyed.