Nearly all of our meat, eggs and dairy comes from factory farms. When we consume them we condone the torment and suffering inherent in their cruel practices. Yet most of us demand these products. We strongly encourage everyone to take a hard look at this appalling industry. A great place to start is “Earthlings”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J31Be2iR7U . or Jonathan Safran Foer's “Eating Animals”,
Industrial farming is a source of deadly diseases such as influenza (think bird flu, or swine flu) and most food-borne illnesses (E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, etc.). Red meat is a known carcinogen, and animal fats increase our risk of heart disease. Meat, dairy and eggs produced in factory farms contain antibiotics, growth hormones and heavy metals. All of our dietary needs can be met easily with a plant-based diet, which is much safer and healthier than a meat-based one,
Farmed animals contribute more to climate change, mostly through methane and nitrous oxide emissions, than the combined emissions of all cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships. Industrial farming creates massive air and water pollution. https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/factory-farming-is-killing-the-environment/
See also: Imhoff, D: “The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories”,and Kirby D: “Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment”
Killed Every Year
(mostly in industrial "farms")
564,758,251 Sheep (mainly lambs)
Wildlife is affected by our consumption of meat. Bears, coyotes, cougars and beavers are killed by federal agencies to protect animal agriculture.
An utterly misnamed program within the USDA called "Wildlife Services" (funded by your tax dollars) kills millions of wild animals every year at the request of the corporate agriculture lobby using methods that endanger humans and kill countless pets. Their methods are cruel and indiscriminate.
Facing the truth about where our animal food comes from is hard, but it’s our responsibility!
We can only save a few lives in our animal sanctuary. Consider how many animals you can save from a terrible fate if you eliminate or reduce animal products from your diet. You will be healthier as well.