Published on November 9th, 2017 | by voxx0
Why I Believe in Vegetarianism
I have been vegetarian for around a year now, and this first started for me whilst sat in the cinema. Random I know, but it all started when a McDonalds advert came on the screen before the film, and the showing consisted of a cow in a field and a voice over explaining how all the burgers at McDonalds are 100% real beef from a cow. Then suddenly it clicked. That’s a REAL cow. Someone killed that cow just so we could have a burger. Shocking really isn’t it? It got me thinking.
It’s the actual rights behind the death for me when it comes to being a vegetarian as I can’t quite understand why us humans think that they have the right to kill an animal when animals existed on this earth before we did, and just because they cannot speak, it does not mean that they don’t have any thoughts or feelings or lack of awareness when it comes to their surroundings. For some, being aware of the slaughtering of animals is enough to put people off straight away, but there are many factors to contribute why everyone should be vegetarian.
ANIMAL RIGHTS AND WELFARE
Animals our not ours to use for food, entertainment, or clothing and that applies to all animals whether it be wild animals, farm animals, pets or marine animals. By being vegetarian, human societies will be able to alleviate the unnecessary suffering and killing of millions of animals every year, the irreparable damage done onto the earth like air and water pollution, the erosion of lands, waste of precious energy, and deforestation. Raising and eating meat leaves behind an environmental toll that generations to come will be forced to pay.
Animals such as cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys, stay cramped in either stalls, crates, cages and boxes for their entire lives and are not given enough room to even turn around or take a single step. They can barely breathe due to lack of room and they oven try to scream for help, and believe it or not, animals do cry. They are deprived of any type of care, sunlight, food and water and even the feeling of grass beneath their feet. Animals are breathing, thinking, feeling LIVING beings that suffer so much just so people can have burgers and nuggets. Pigs, cows and chickens feel the same love, care, affection and attention just the same as cats and dogs. No one would ever let millions of cats or dogs die every year so that we can eat them would they? So why these animals?
Also in modern factory farms, animals like these are routinely injected with hormones and stimulants to make them grow fatter so that they produce more meat a lot faster. With cows, they are given a bovine growth hormone to produce more milk faster even though this carries cancer within it and is also passed through to milk that we drink. The animals would not survive at all in these tight, filthy, stinking, choking air conditions if it wasn’t for the amount of antibiotics they get rammed into them. In some farms, cattle are fed ‘renders’ which is dead and grounded up cows. Also to induce and increase egg production, chicken are kept in tight cages and kept awake under bright light 24 hours a day.
IT’S BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Having a vegetarian diet not only saves the animals, but also rainforests and endangered species too! Rainforests are vital for us to live on earth as 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 just to kill and eat them. A vegetarian diet also reduces pollution in the land and waters because modern factory farms are sprayed with herbicides and pesticides to grow grains to feed cattle and these chemicals destroy topsoil and leak into the ground and into streams and rivers, killing many marine animals. A vegetarian diet also reduces carbon dioxide as the effort to clear a rainforest to produce beef or hamburgers produces 75kg of CO2. This is the same as driving your car for three weeks straight!
IT’S GOOD FOR THE BODY
A plant based diet is very healthy and can also prevent diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, colom cancer, diabetes, kidney stones, lung and breast cancer and gallstones. Being vegetarian and eating low fat food and exercising regularly can also if not eliminate, control non-insulin diabetes!
- By Abbie-Rose Raworth