A Plant Based Diet:

Reduces Animal Suffering

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”,

Is Important For Human Health

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, 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27597529

Is Critical For Our Environment

  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")

301,275,455 Cattle

49,877,536,490 Chickens

2,676,365,000 Ducks

402,611,664 Goats

5,018,470 Horses

1,375,940,758 Pigs

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.

http://www.apnm.org/campaigns/adc/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=10390ebb-9ddc-4c0d-8e09-190b47a2e208

 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.