Make one day out of the week----YOUR vegetarian day.
There are many wonderful ways that a person can be kind and loving to animals. However, in my opinion, the most profound way to do this is by adopting a vegetarian diet.
Because people refuse to be cruel to animals.
In modern factory farms, animals are routinely injected with hormones and stimulants to make them grow bigger and faster. Many dairy ranchers use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to enhance milk production, despite the fact that this chemical - which has been implicated in causing cancer and other diseases - shows up in milk. Feedlots are crowded, filthy, stinking places with open sewers and choking air. The animals would not survive at all but for the fact that they are fed huge amounts of antibiotics. In some farms, cattle are fed "renders" - dead and grounded up cows. To induce and increase egg production, chicken are kept in tight cages and kept awake under bright light 24 hours a day. Consider eating vegan and eliminating all animal products from your diet.
Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year to test shampoos, household cleaners, cosmetics, hair sprays, and other personal-care and household items. These tests are not required by law, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results - even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you. Some corporations force substances into animals' stomachs and drip chemicals into rabbits' eyes. What goes on behind the doors of laboratories is horrific. Animals are also unnecessarily being trapped, caged, hurt, and even killed to make clothing, accessories, and furniture for human use.
Of course, refusing to be cruel to animals is just ONE of many good reasons to choose a vegetarian diet.
Adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most important and effective acts anyone can take to make this world a better place.
Because it's Better for the Environment
A vegetarian diet reduces the destruction of tropical rainforests, wildlife habitat, and help to save endangered species! Rainforests are vital to life on earth - they regulate the global climate and the water cycle, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and provide humans with medicines, food, and much more. Sadly, rainforests are cut down to make room to raise cattle. Every second, one football field of rainforest is destroyed in order to produce 257 hamburgers.
Two-thirds of Central America’s rainforests have been destroyed, in part to raise cattle whose meat, typically found in hamburgers and processed meat, is exported to profit the US food industry.
A vegetarian diet reduces pollution in the land and waters: Modern factory farms are sprayed with herbicides and pesticides to grow grains to feed cattle. These chemicals destroy topsoil and leak into the ground and nearby streams and rivers. Over 4 million acres of cropland are lost to erosion in the US every year due to plundering farmlands to fatten animals for slaughter. High contents of toxic chemicals are often found in fish in many parts of the world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans.
A vegetarian diet reduces the production of carbon dioxide (CO2). An average car produces 3 kg of CO2 a day while the effort to clear rainforest to produce beef for one hamburger produces 75 kg of CO2. Eating one pound of hamburger does the same damage as driving your car for three weeks!
Another benefit of eating a vegetarian diet is that it also reduces the depletion of our oceans' marine lives and the destruction of corals & reefs.
Because it Saves Energy and Precious Resources
Eating a vegan diet reduces waste and devastation of earth’s precious resources. Consider the enormous energy put into growing grains to feed cattle. Aside from the gutted rainforests, up to 5000 gallons of water for is required to raise one pound of beef! According to the US Department of Agriculture statistics, one acre of land can grow 20,000 pounds of potatoes. That same acre of land, when used to grow cattle feed, can produce less than 165 pounds of edible cow flesh.
Because it's Good for the Spirit
A vegetarian diet reduces needless suffering and killing in the world and increases compassion for all earthlings (animals and human beings alike) as well a feeling of lightness in oneself. It's said that when a person eats an egg, the suffering of the chicken who laid it is passed on into it. It's not too difficult to see that chemically and biologically this make sense since when any animal is stressed, hormones are released to help deal with it, some of which stay lodged in tissue which you consume.
See: Vegetarian Wisdom
Because it's Good for the Body
A plant-based vegetarian diet is healthier and can prevent diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, colon cancer, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, gout, gallstones, kidney stones, lung cancer, and breast cancer. A low fat vegetarian diet, combined with regular exercise, helps reduce blood pressure and can control, or even eliminate, non-insulin dependent diabetes.
The New England Journal of Medicine (December 1990) reported a study of 88,000 nurses by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital that found those who ate meat everyday were more than twice as likely to get colon cancer as those who avoided meat. More info: Vegetarian Health & Nutrition
Because it's Better for the World
All the grains grown to feed cattle could feed all the starving people in the world!
The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world's food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. - Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.
Pledge to make one day out of the week----YOUR vegetarian day.
Who knows, you might just like it.
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