Turning Vegan

Looking towards vegetarianism as a solution to our environmental problems, I realised how little I actually know about the animals that I am eating. In little more than 3 days after visiting the PETA site, I have now set upon the ultimate diet change – to turn vegan, completely.

It is a well known fact that a vegetarian diet would be better for the Earth. The United Nations reports that the meat industry causes more global warming through emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, planes, and ships in the world combined.

Researchers at the University of Chicago have even determined that a vegetarian diet is 50% more effective in reducing a person’s impact on global warming compared to switching to a hybrid vehicle from a regular car.

In the United States, it has been determined that the cost of producing vegetarian food for a totally vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water a day, compared to 4000 gallons spent to raise animals for food for  a meat-based diet.

The Environmental Protection Agency also determined that run-offs from factory farms pollute rivers and lakes more than all other industrial sources combined.

That and farmed animals produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population of the United States.

That alone wasn’t enough to turn me vegan. If there is anything that can scare and scar me into turning vegan, it’s this article about a commercial cow farm which includes such horrifying excerpts as:

The dairy industry’s standard forms of cruelty also led to suffering for these cows. In order to make milking easier, cows’ tails were amputated by tightly binding them with elastic bands, causing the skin and tissue to slowly die and slough off and leaving the animals unable to swat away flies, which, in addition to tormenting the cows, also led to the spread of disease. Tail-docking is unnecessary and cruel, which is why it has been condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

This article alone made me vomit meat out of my cerebrum as a choice of food, because at the heart of it, I am an animal activist as well. If you are going to eat the animal, at least treat it with the honour and respect it deserves all the way to its eventual death!

Which is why I am an advocate of hunting non-endangered species for meat. It’s less cruel as the animals are at least running free in the wild, and it is sustainable if handled responsibly. As controversial as my views may be on this subject, it is definitely a better alternative for a (lesser) guilt-free meat eating experience.

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5 Responses

  1. You sure? KFC? Pizza Hut? Lor Bak? Pork Sausage? Chicken Pie?

  2. Tempting. But cows drowning in their own faeces can take away any cravings for meat.

    I think I will start by only eating meat from animals that experience minimal amounts of human torture, like fish.

  3. hunting?vegan would be a better choice since there’s not many forest/places left for us to hunt

  4. hi, would like to share some information with all of you:

    turning ourselves into a vegetarian is indeed a good choice to be made, but please do take care of your health. i’m not totally a vegetarian, but my daily intake are mostly cereals and veggie with tuna and poultry once/twice a week.
    but, for those who would like to turn into a vegetarian (not vegan of course), please beware of the “vegetarian meat”. a friend of mine which is making his fortune on that told me that in order to make the flour/soy product comes out with a taste of “meat”, they actually mixed thousands of chemicals which is eventually way more harmful in comparison with contaminated food. vast amount of chemicals actually only produces an amount of flavouring in few milligrammes.

    No offence, but just for sharing.

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