Advantages of Being Vegetarian PETA
Advantages of Being Vegetarian PETA people have different motivations for eating a vegetarian diet. For many people, it is a health issue. They need to reduce their weight, bring down their blood pressure and cholesterol, and manage their blood sugars. A vegetarian diet helps them do this. (“veg diet 20120”)
For others, it is also a moral and ethical decision not to eat animal products. Through the centuries, we have become accustomed to thinking of man as superior to all other animals on the planet. We use animals for food, clothing, shoes, belts, or other accessories. We use them for scientific experiments. We discount their place on the earth and consider that animals are here to serve us and our needs. (“Why You Should Switch to Vegetarian – ArticleBiz.com”)
PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and is an organization devoted to changing that mindset among humans. They are against using animals for food or for clothing, especially for what they consider the needless or particularly inhumane use of animals, such as killing or trapping them for their fur.
They are enthusiastic about their cause. In their own words, PETA believes that animals have rights and deserve to have their best interests taken into consideration, regardless of whether they are useful to humans. “Like you, they are capable of suffering and have an interest in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use—for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other reason.” (“Why switch to vegetarianism – Change Your Life Too”)
We are an evolved society. But how evolved can a society thrive on the suffering of animals? In his excellent book, When Elephants Weep, author Jeffrey Masson explores the emotional lives of animals and presents compelling evidence for it. As a species, we must begin to re-evaluate our place on this earth and where we fit in relation to every other creature that inhabits it. (“News Gazettes”) PETA believes this as well and is an enthusiastic advocate for the rights of animals.
Caged Chickens and Hormones
If most of us thought about the conditions in which chickens used for meat and eggs are raised and slaughtered, we would have become vegetarian on the spot. Egg-laying chickens can be raised in cages with six chickens in a cage, each chicken getting only sixty-seven square inches of space for its lifetime. (“The Truth About Conventional Chickens and Eggs – My Trend …”)
Unless they are certified and labeled as being free-range, organic, or natural, they might have been fed growth hormones to get them to slaughter faster, and antibiotics to combat the diseases which come from being raised in cramped and less-than-clean conditions.
“And consider what the recommendations are for cleaning up after touching poultry?” (“What Are vitamins? – Medical News Today”) It is recommended to clean surfaces with bleach to remove bacteria, and to wash your hands thoroughly after touching a chicken.
Do you really want to put something into your body that requires bleach to clean up after? Something that needs to be cooked to specific temperatures to be sure you have destroyed any bacteria that could make you sick. (“7 Caged chickens and hormones – Free PLR Articles”)
Chickens and turkeys have become so mass-produced and injected with antibiotics and hormones that there is no taste to it anymore, so why bother? Even the most humanely treated chicken has been stunned in a salt-water brine before being beheaded.
“In John Robbins’ excellent book and video, Diet for a Small Planet, he shows us pictures of chickens being grabbed in groups by the neck and thrown into cages.” (“Mobioso.com – Marketplace Mobil”) Can you really consider eating a chicken with that vision in your head?
“Any means of mass-producing animals for human consumption is by its very nature unhealthy and cruel for the animals, and unhealthy for humans as well.” (“The Truth About Conventional Chickens and Eggs – My Trend …”) Even if you are of the opinion that man is a natural hunter, how natural is it to eat an animal that has been raised in captivity and fed a diet of hormones and antibiotics?
Even if you do not eat meat, you might think drinking or using milk is part of a vegetarian diet. (“Keto Ninja”) “We all have images of farmers pumping milk by hand, and it seems a natural part of life and a benign use of the cow.” (“Vegetarian Dishes: Cow slaughterhouses”) But we don’t really think much about it at all, do we?
Do you know how a cow raised for producing milk lives its life? Like most animals used for mass consumption, a milk cow lives in cramped and often filthy conditions. (“A Look at the Cow Slaughterhouse – Streetdirectory.com”) It is fed hormones to stimulate its reproductive processes, because that is what a mother’s milk is for – to feed its baby. As soon as a calf is born though, it is taken from its mother. “A male calf often goes to a terrible fate to be raised for veal; a female calf often has the same fate as its mother.” (“News Gazettes”)
Often the cows mourn for their babies. They will be seen bellowing for them and looking for them. “Mass producing milk for human consumption has disrupted the natural order of things.” (“Do we need milk – Veggies Life – No for drink cow milk”)
The cows are fed hormones to continue to stimulate milk production. The electric pumps are painful to the cow’s udders. With hormone stimulation, cows are forced to produce ten times more milk than they would ordinarily.
When their milk-producing days are over, the cows are then slaughtered for ground beef. It also takes enormous natural resources to feed and water all these cows. The water table is being depleted to sustain this enormous industry. And the waste produced by all these large animals is having a detrimental effect on the environment. (“Do we need milk – Veggies Life – No for drink cow milk”)
We really do not need to consume milk after a certain age. (“Do we need milk – Veggies Life – No for drink cow milk”) Why would we continue to support this industry that is built on animal suffering? To really top it off, humans are not meant to drink cow milk. Calves are meant to drink cow milk and we humans are meant to drink human milk. (“veg diet 20120”) Our bodies were not designed to digest the proteins in cow milk – so why bother? Especially when you can get more calcium from a green, leafy vegetable? (“The Secret to Being a Vegetarian – For Non-Dummies”)
“There are a few issues that make a more compelling argument for a vegetarian diet than that of veal and how it is produced.” (“Kind To the Earth – Healthy Lifestyle”) “While the meat industry is, by its very nature cruel and inhumane, the veal industry is the worst.” (“Veggies Life – While the meat industry is, by its very …”)
Baby calves are taken from their mothers, often at just one day old. They are kept in pens that prevent movement, to keep their muscles soft. To produce the pale, soft veal that is so highly prized by gourmets, the calves are fed a liquid that is deficient in iron and fiber that creates anemia in the animal. (“Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry | Go Diet …”)
The confinement in which they live for their short lives creates a significant level of chronic stress for the animal and they are subsequently given much higher levels of medications that can be harmful to humans. Confinement makes them weak, often unable to stand. We treat criminals who have committed the most vicious crimes imaginable more humanely than we treat innocent calves. (“Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry | Go Diet …”)
Why would anyone want to consume meat that is delivered to the table infused with the suffering of animals? What culinary experience can ever be worth it when you know what the animal, especially a calf, must go through? (“Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry | Go Diet …”)
At age 20 weeks, the calf is then slaughtered. All the meat we eat has been mass produced and slaughtered. Their life is inhumane, and their death is inhumane, in addition to which it is becoming less and less healthy for us to eat. (“Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry | Go Diet …”)
Veal is the premier example of this industry. Changing to a vegetarian diet not only is a much healthier way to eat, but it is also a way of living in balance with the earth. It may have been one thing centuries ago to hunt for meat because it was a means of survival. Today’s mass-produced meat industry is nothing like that and is more a cause of illness and poor health than it is for survival or nutrition. (“Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry | Go Diet …”)
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
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