THE ANIMALS WE EAT.
We love dogs and cats. But farmed animals such as cows, pigs, and chickens are seen as objects to be turned into food. This is one of the most pervasive forms of speciesism.
In the September 1976 issue of the trade journal Hog Farm Management, John Byrnes recommended, "Forget the pig is an animal. Treat him just like a machine in a factory. " The hog industry went on to do just that, illustrated 30 Years later by a National Pork Producers Council spokesperson saying, "So our animals can't turn around for the 2.5 years that they are in the stalls producing piglets. I don't know who asked the pig if she wanted to turn around."
Farmed animals live sad lives - normally in dark warehouses that you wouldn't even recognize as farms. They can't breathe fresh air, and they live on concrete or wire that damages their feet. When it comes time to be slaughtered, they're packed on to trucks, exposed to the freezing cold, rain, or intense heat for days. They're killed at just a fraction of their normal lifespan.
TAKING A STAND. By eating a plant-based diet-not consuming meat, dairy, and eggs-you can oppose speciesism and animal cruelty. .
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that a plant based diet is appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.
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