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In January 1985, MeatOut, in response to the Great American Smokeout, became an idea to promote veganism in the U.S. Since then Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) has promoted a conversation questioning the consumption of animal products around the world. March 20th the first day of Spring, was selected as symbolic of renewal and turning over a new leaf. Planning an event? Click here.
MeatOut was designed to remind us of animal agriculture’s devastating impact to the animals, our health, and the environment. Theologians have long debated whether there is life after death. For animals on factory farms there is no life before death.
MeatOut for the Animals
As millions of male baby chicks are hatched, they are ground up alive or suffocated, because they don’t lay eggs. The females are crammed into small wire cages that tear out their feathers and cut their feet.
Mother pigs suffer for a lifetime in tight metal gestation stalls. Their babies are torn away shortly after birth, mutilated without anesthesia, crammed into crowded pens for six months, then slaughtered.
Dairy cows spend their lives perpetually impregnated and have their milk sucked out of them by machines. Newborn calves are torn from their grieving mothers at birth, so that we can drink their milk. The female offspring are used to produce more milk, while the males are killed for veal.
Fish and other aquatic animals used for food are simply brought out of the water and left to slowly die of suffocation.
MeatOut for Our Health
Meat and dairy products are laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones, pathogens, antibiotics, and excess protein. They lack complex carbohydrates and fiber, as well as many vitamins and minerals, all essential to our health
Over the past four decades, dozens of massive studies found that consumption of animal products is associated with elevated risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain forms of cancer, which kill 1.4 million Americans annually.
Pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella, responsible for many food recalls, all originate with animals raised for food.
All major viral epidemics, including Ebola, and the Spanish, Asian, Avian, Swine Flu, and Coronavirus have originated from virus mutations associated with our exploitation of animals.
MeatOut for the Planet
Animal agriculture is a leading cause of global warming and is responsible for more water pollution, topsoil depletion, deforestation and wildlife destruction than all other human activities combined.
A United Nations report estimated that meat production accounts for 18% of man-made greenhouse gases – more than all of the transportation sector. Animal agriculture generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools.
Animal agriculture pollutes our waterways. Manure and fertilizers in the water promote growth of toxic algae that poison our seashores and recreational waters. Organic debris feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish. Soil particles silt our waterways and smother fish eggs.
Animal agriculture has been turning lush forests and prairies into barren deserts. The process begins with clear-cutting and burning of forests to create cattle pastures. This is a major loss, because trees provide wildlife habitats, keep topsoil in place, replenish groundwater aquifers, absorb carbon dioxide, and stabilize climate. As pastures become overgrazed and trampled, they are plowed under and turned into animal feed croplands. With little plant growth to hold it in place, topsoil is carried off by rain and melting snow, turning fertile land into barren desert.
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