Why Vegetarian? • Ethical Reasons • Environmental Reasons • Economic Reasons • Human Survival Reasons • Health Related Reasons • Spiritual Reasons • Rational Reasons
Age of Slaughter • Beef Cows--11 months old. • Pigs--6 months old. • Chickens--3 months old. • Veal Calves--6 weeks old. • Dairy Cows--3 to 4 years old. • Egg Laying Chickens--2 to 3 years old. (USDA, HSUS, Coats, Robbins)
COWS and more cows!
Factory Farming/Industrial Agriculture • Started in the 1950’s but reached full capacity in the early 1980’s. • Operates on the principles of economic efficiency and intensive confinement. • Makes full use of chemical and technological manipulation. • Animal welfare and severe pain are considered irrelevant, unless profits are effected.
10 Billion mammals and birds are killed each year in the US for food. • 45 Billion world wide. (USDA, HSUS)
Killed for Food in the US Annually • 40 million cows and calves • 113 million pigs • 4 million sheep • 308 million turkeys • 9 billion chickens (broilers) • 446 million chickens (egg layers) • 26 million ducks (USDA in 2001)
One average U.S. resident living to age 75 is responsible for the deaths of • 11 cows • 32 pigs and sheep • 85 turkeys • 2570 chickens and ducks • (USDA in 2001)
Male chicks Worthless Hence, death do us part.
PESTICIDES 10,000x more “cides” are used for animals than for humans.
Pollution: Animal Wastes Wanna drink it?
PUTRIFICATION ALGAL BLOOMS; FISH DEATHS
What About Human Cruelty? THINK AND FEEL: THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE NEXT DOOR
So, if livestock are --destroying the environment, --contributing to the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion, --ruining our top soil, --poisoning our lakes, rivers, groundwater, and oceans, --depleting our rainforests --destroying our wildlife --depleting our natural resources, --contributing to world hunger, thirst, and misery, Should we be eating MORE or LESS of them?
Albert Einstein • “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Pythagoras • "For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
Leonardo da Vinci • "The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
Ralph Waldo Emerson • "You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
Leo Tolstoy • "As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."
Mahatma Gandhi "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Mother Teresa “They (animals) too, are created by the same loving hand of God which created us, …it is our duty to protect them and to promote their well being.”
Albert Schweitzer "Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man himself will not find peace. "
Thomas Edison “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Nikola Tesla “…every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.”
Benjamin Franklin “When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice.”
George Bernard Shaw “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”