It’s hard to talk about eating animals without getting defensive, angry, sad and judgmental. I feel it. You feel it. So let’s all, you and me both, take a step back, take a deep breath and look at what is really going on here.
Fact: Livestock production is destroying the earth.
To produce animal products, up to ten times more land is needed than to produce vegetable products. It takes about six to seven kilograms of feed to create just one kilogram of meat. How inefficient is this? Land is being ploughed down and destroyed just to create space to grow grains to feed animals. Did you know this?
Fact: Animals are being tortured so that you can eat steak, drink milk, have bacon and eat cheese.
Dairy cows are stripped of their newborns, forced to give milk even when they have infected, sore udders. Even the organic, free range proclamations are so often a tragic myth. In many cases, the only difference between factory farmed organic meat and dairy is the lack of hormones and antibiotics. It’s not all green pastures and happy living for most. How does this make you feel?
Fact: Cats, dogs, pigs, goats, chickens – they’re all animals and they’re all sentient beings.
Dare I say it: eating a pork chop is the same as eating your cat. All animals’ lives matter and when someone says, “I love animals” while eating a hamburger, there’s just too much disassociation there for me to bear.
Deep breath. Non-judgment.
Fact: You don’t need meat and dairy to be strong and healthy.
Being vegetarian or vegan means learning about food. It’s a chance to get creative, to try new things and to make empowered decisions about what you choose to consume. With a plant-based diet, you’ll be reducing your risk of obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, colon cancer and a slew of other health related problems. You’ll poop more often and I’m willing to wager life will be sweeter.
Fact: It might be hard to change but you can do it.
With knowledge comes power.
I know life is hard enough. There’s so much to think about and manage and so many things we work hard for and feel like we deserve. But what happens when getting what you want comes with a great big bad toll? Is it worth it then to turn a blind eye?
Hey yogis. Here are some good resources to watch and read. Power to the animals, both human and non. Love you.
You can also find this article on The Huffington Post.
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