Each year 50 billion animals are slaughtered for food worldwide to feed a population of 6.4 billion people. In addition to this more than 5 billion hens are kept to lay eggs, most of these live in tiny battery cages. Each hen has less than an A4 sheet of paper in space in which to spend her miserable life.
Ethical Eating is Eating Vegan, Here is why
For the Animals.
It's Compassionate...Choosing to live a life free of animal products is kinder to people, animals and the environment. Lots of people become vegan because of their concern for the way animals are treated. Some object to the unneccessary 'use' and killing of animals. We do not need animal products to feed and clothe ourselves.
Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends George Bernard Shaw.
Most farm animals (for example 470 million chickens in Australia bred for meat each year) are imprisoned in overcrowded factory farms and live in filthy conditions where they can't even move around or fillfil their natural instincts. Many suffer serious health problems because they are selectively bred to grow or produce milk and eggs at a far greater rate than their bodies can cope with. At the end of the day all animals farmed for food meet the same fate at the slaughterhouse where everything is about speed and efficiency. This includes millions of calves a few days old and newly hatched male chickens who are killed every year as 'waste products' of milk and egg production.
For the Environment.
Animal Agriculture makes a 40% greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined; it's the number one cause of climate change.
Livestock industries produce 130 times as much waste as the entire human population.
The average meat eater's diet requires 15 times more water than a plant based diet. This means switching to a plant based diet can save roughly 5 million litres of water a year. That's more water than you would use for two lifetimes of showers!
Plant based diets require about one third the amount of land and water needed for a western diet. Farmed animals consume far more protein, water and calories than they produce so far greater quantities of crops and water are needed to 'produce' animal products to feed humans than are needed to feed people on a plant based diet.
With water and land are becoming scarcer globally, world hunger is increasing and the human population is growing a vegetarian/ vegan diet is far more sustainable.
For your Health.
Many people are now realising that adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet is one of the simplest ways to increase life expectancy, and protect yourself against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity some of the top killers of the human population.
The American Cancer Society's top two dietry recommendations to prevent cancer are 1) Choose most of the foods you eat from plant sources. 2) Limit your intake of high fat foods, particularly from animal sources.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival on Earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet. Albert Einstein
The myth that animal protein is essential in the human diet was based on studies in rats. The World Health Organisation revised its protein scoring tables in 1991 after research on humans demonstrated that plant protein was perfectly adequate.