Animals are not ours to consume. They are living, breathing, feeling creatures who did not volunteer themselves to become another item on your plate! But shockingly, over 25 billion animals are killed every year for just that. But YOU can help stop it: Go Vegan!
A vegan is someone who doesn’t consume any animal derived products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products or honey.
It would also go without saying that vegans don’t wear any clothing made from animals, don’t buy any products that are tested on animals, don’t support any bloodsports and don’t attend any ‘shows’ (e.g. circuses) that use animals.
Meat is murder! 17,000 animals are killed every second, globally, for the meat industry. You wouldn’t dream of consuming another human, so why do think it is morally acceptable to eat an animal? Animals raised for food are kept in overcrowded, confined, filthy conditions where disease is rampant. Due to the stress and psychosis associated with this, fighting and even cannibalism is common on such ‘farms’.
Their lives are short, chickens are killed after only a few weeks, pigs after 6 months, sheep 2 years and cattle 4 years. All of whom would live for many years naturally in the wild. Then they are brought to the slaughterhouse where they are tied upside-down, and are then either shot, stunned, or have their throats slit. Many are still fully conscious while they are being boiled or skinned. Can you even begin to imagine the fear and pain they must feel?
Fish suffer just as much. After being hauled from the water they experience an excruciatingly painful decompression, followed by a slow, distressing death by suffocation.
Many people think that by simply becoming a vegetarian, that they are eliminating cruelty from their diet. Unfortunately, this just isn’t enough. By drinking milk, not only are you supporting the dairy industry, but the veal industry too. For cows to produce milk, they are kept in a constant state of pregnancy. Within hours of the calf being born, he/she is taken away from their mother, and put in a veal crate - which is so small they can’t even turn around. All this, just so humans can consume the breast milk of another species!
Buying eggs (which are the menstrual waste of chickens), whether labelled ‘free range’ or not is just as bad. Only female chicks are useful to the egg industry, so males are thrown into live grinding machines upon hatching. Female chicks have their beaks seared off with a hot blade and are shoved into a cage with about 10 others. After 18 months - in which they produce about 400 eggs - they are killed and made into dog food.
Foie gras is made from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese. Metal pipes are shoved down their throats and they are force-fed 7 pounds of food per day, which causes liver disease. Only males are used because they produce larger livers - female hatchlings are drowned or crushed to death.
Think honey is ok? Think again! Honey production is a big industry, and bees are subjected to conditions and procedures similar to those used in factory farming. Queen bees have their wings clipped and are artificially inseminated, males are decapitated when they are no longer of value, and even whole colonies are killed off at winter to avoid the cost of feeding them!
But apart from all the animal-cruelty related reasons to adopt a vegan diet, the point is that it is not ethically or morally right to eat or farm another living creature, no matter how big or small their enclosures are. What’s needed isn’t bigger cages, its empty ones.
Open your eyes, see the truth. If you continue to buy meat and other animal-derived ‘products’, you are just as responsible for the misery and deaths of these animals as the ‘people’ who murdered them.
It has never been more important to become a vegan, and it’s never been easier too! If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like a free Go Vegan! pack, just contact us and we would be happy to help you in any way we can.