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Each year more than 58 billion farm animals and countless aquatic animals are unnecessarily killed for human consumption. Eating animals has largely been justified on the grounds of human health, but thankfully these myths have now been discredited with many mainstream healthcare professionals claiming animal products actually do us more harm than good.

However, health is not the only reason to stop slaughtering animals for food. The animals that we exploit to put food on our tables are forced to bear the brunt of our eating habits every single day in factory farms and smallholdings, as we take away from them everything that is rightfully theirs denying them of a life filled with any other purpose other than one which serves to meet our own personal end. To take a line from Edgar’s Mission, one of my all time favorite farm animal sanctuaries, “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others…why wouldn’t we?”

1. We don’t need to eat animals to survive

Unlike many other animals who kill for their food, humans can survive on a completely plant based diet. We’re not living in the dark ages anymore. Our understanding has evolved and in the process we have come to learn that eating animals is no longer the necessity we once believed it to be. Research has proven that plants contain all the vitamins and nutrients that the human body needs to thrive.

2. We are creating emotional pain and suffering for the animals

The animals we slaughter for food are extremely intelligent and sensitive creatures, and the way in which we treat them, regardless of whether the meat is factory farmed, free range or organic, is abhorrently cruel. From stealing their babies from them at birth to keeping them locked in confinement and denying them their natural behaviors, our actions cause animals immense emotional pain and suffering.

3. Animal agriculture is an environmentally destructive industry

Whether it’s air pollution, water pollution, land degradation, or a negative effect on biodiversity, there is no getting around the fact that animal agriculture is an environmentally destructive industry. The livestock sector is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 64 percent of anthroprogeneic ammonia emissions, which acidify ecosystems and cause untold damage to natural habitats. If that’s not bad enough, an estimated eight percent of global human water consumption is used for irrigation of livestock food crops, a staggering amount of freshwater resources have become polluted from animal waste, and reports of up to 70 percent of the cleared Amazonian forest is being used for animal agriculture purposes.

4. We are blindly following tradition

We find it so difficult to overcome traditional ideas and ways of thinking, that we very rarely stop to question the fundamental ethics and underlying morality of slaughtering animals for food. Just because something has been done a certain way for thousands of years, doesn’t make it automatically right. A perfect example of this is the fact that when born into the American culture, you are taught to believe that certain animals are for eating, others are companion animals, and others are wild animals. The idea of eating a dog is repulsive, yet in other parts of the world is perfectly normal.

5. There are so many alternatives available

With so many vegan alternatives for just about anything you can possibly think of, there are no excuses to continue slaughtering animals for food. Contrary to popular belief, veganism is not about deprivation. From “faux meats” for people craving their favorite traditional meals to vegetable sausages, burgers, pates, mince, jerky, and everything in between, transitioning to a plant-based diet is easier than ever before. You can check out some amazing plant-based recipes right here on OGP!

Image source: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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117 comments on “5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Slaughter Animals for Food”

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Gaming
4 Months Ago

I LOVE PIGS!!! Save them!!!


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addison
5 Months Ago

wow. it made me feel sick inside but its really amazing! i like it a lot


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isaiah
7 Months Ago

I like it you could write a book


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addison
06 Jan 2018

probably could

AKHILKUMAR NAYAK
9 Months Ago

All religion advises us “Cruelty on animal is a sinful act”. We utilize bullocks to till our cultivating land by which we produce food grains. Initially we sterilize them to be obedient avoiding the natural call of sex to be helpful tilling the tiller or pulling the bullock cart. Mother feeds the baby up to two years of age, but cow feeds us milk through our life. This is the reason why should not kill and eat her flesh as she is the second mother. Killing the innocent animal for out food is totally sinful and shameless act. Then why the people do pray to the god. Biologically we need protein for our physical growth and to produce white blood cell for immune system to fight against dieses. There are many alternative vegetable foods like pulses and milk which can also provide enriched protein. Animals like tiger, lion, bear and other scavengers have not any alternative source of food, so they curse fully eat flesh, but how long. It is not that much easy for hunting and for they need too much physical energy and stamina. So when they are hungry for two to three days they lose energy to chase their pray. So no such animal can survive up to their full age and they die before their age due to poverty. As we are human being having many variety of food, better instead of eating flesh we should go for vegetable dishes.
Just ask your inner soul this question, why other creature will die for my purpose? Do you like to die easily? If no then leave them to live their life.
The whole living body is constructed from basically three matter; soil, water and air. With proper percentage of these matters, our body produces heat energy for physical activities. As our body has volume it occupies certain space of sky and the land. So our body always the owner of some space where ever it goes. So now we are owed our life for these five elements; soil, water, air, heat, and space. The soul inside our body operates the organs to live the life. All these five elements return to their main source after the death only. Soon after death Hindus burn the dead body in order to free all the five elements from any debt from the nature. Soon after death the soul leaves body and waits in the sky in order to confirm whether all five elements are returned to their respective source or not. Once it is done then soul travels to the heaven. The victims who die for our food their body also made from all these elements. So when their flesh is eaten by us their body elements are remained trapped inside our body till to our death. And till our death their souls wander around the sky waiting for our death. So just thing how many cows, how many goats, how many pigs, how many chicken and how many fish you have eaten have you counted so far? That means their dead body is inside your living body like in prison. Don’t wait anymore to increase the number! Better quite killing the innocent animals for flesh and now start to free their souls.
As super form of al creature, we are always engaged in sinful acts killing the innocent animals. After death the victim has got complete salvation from the suffering and gets new birth as superior creature. But what will happen to the sinner who tortures the innocent animals; definitely his soul will be again involved in rebirth from the lower grade of creature to repeat the process until reaching to the stage of human being. One question is that if you knowingly do a sinful act it is only for your selfishness and definitely you not be spared by the god to be punished, not physically but in the form of divine. You will be de promoted directly to the lower grade of creature immediately in your next birth. Of course that you cannot experience, but definitely your soul will be torture in the body of the newly get lower grade creature and again you are trapped in the life of grief. Suppose you have committed a sinful act unknowingly, that means your soil is not aware of the act means it is pure and you may not punish by the god heavily. And if the sufferer or any other witness reminds you for your negligence then you have two ways for escape. One way go for realization or do not care for it. Better realize and confess in front of god for forgiveness. But definitely you will get at least something because of your negligence. In this way you will get rebirth as human being to escape from the rebirth cycle. After realization do not commit such mistake and if you repeat it then also you will get re birth as lower grade creature to repeat the process once again.
In my belief God has send many massagers to the Earth many time to motivate the whole people. But certain powerful persons proclaimed themselves as the messenger of god though they were involved in many criminal activities and unsocial norms. For that reason some people are still engaged bloody activities to show their sovereignty power to prove them as superior human under the influence of their clumsy minded religious leaders. Such self proclaimed powerful religious leaders whatever they have done that is only for the particular community only. And that is the reason why there has been the confrontation between the religions regarding the superiority complex. God never pursue any messenger to formulate any particular religion that may cause harmful to the world peace. This is only because of the selfishness of certain religious leader on the name of the messenger to whom they consider and above the entire supreme god. God witnesses everything but does not oppose them as he already given the power everybody to consider which is better. According to God all human are equal. As he found all are guilt then to whom he will punish. He becomes neutral because he knows that one day the sinner will be definitely punished because of his sinful act. If not now in the present birth, then definitely he will be punished in the next birth but more severely.


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AKHILKUMAR NAYAK
9 Months Ago

All religion advises us “Cruelty on animal is a sinful act”. We utilize bullocks to till our cultivating land by which we produce food grains. Initially we sterilize them to be obedient avoiding the natural call of sex to be helpful tilling the tiller or pulling the bullock cart. Mother feeds the baby up to two years of age, but cow feeds us mill through our life. This is the reason why should not kill and eat her flesh as she is the second mother. Killing the innocent animal for out food is totally sinful and shameless act. Then why the people do pray to the god. Biologically we need protein for our physical growth and to produce white blood cell for immune system to fight against dieses. There are many alternative vegetable foods like pulses and milk which can also provide enriched protein. Animals like tiger, lion, bear and other scavengers have not any alternative source of food, so they curse fully eat flesh, but how long. It is not that much easy for hunting and for they need too much physical energy and stamina. So when they are hungry for two to three days they lose energy to chase their pray. So no such animal can survive up to their full age and they die before their age due to poverty. As we are human being having many variety of food, better instead of eating flesh we should go for vegetable dishes.
Just ask your inner soul this question, why other creature will die for my purpose? Do you like to die easily? If no then leave them to live their life.
The whole living body is constructed from basically three matter; soil, water and air. With proper percentage of these matters, our body produces heat energy for physical activities. As our body has volume it occupies certain space of sky and the land. So our body always the owner of some space where ever it goes. So now we are owed our life for these five elements; soil, water, air, heat, and space. The soul inside our body operates the organs to live the life. All these five elements return to their main source after the death only. Soon after death Hindus burn the dead body in order to free all the five elements from any debt from the nature. Soon after death the soul leaves body and waits in the sky in order to confirm where all five elements are returned to their respective source or not. Once it is done then soul travels to the heaven. The victims who die for our food their body also made from all these elements. So when their flesh is eaten by us their body elements are remained trapped inside our body till to our death. And till our death their souls wander around the sky waiting for our death. So just thing how many cows, how many goats, how many pigs, how many chicken and how many fish you have eaten have you counted so far? That means their dead body is inside your living body like in prison. Don’t wait anymore to increase the number! Better quite killing the innocent animals for flesh and now start to free their souls.


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datboi
01 May 2018

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datboi
01 May 2018

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datboi
01 May 2018

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johnnie
1 Years Ago

its been 3 or 4 years scene it was uploaded


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johnnie
1 Years Ago

its been 4 or 3 years scene it was uploaded


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angeli_co#rediffmail.com
1 Years Ago

If humans stopped eating animals then animals would GET EXTINCT. The only reason there are hundreds of cows, pigs, and other meat food animals is because PEOPLE RAISE them for their meat. Vegetarians are the ones who are responsible for the destruction of all the forests in the world. To grow their beans and rice, all the trees had to be cut. Then when the animals lost their forest cover they could not longer hide from predatory beasts such as lions, tigers , cheetahs etc which grew in number till humans killed those too as they started encroaching into farmlands. Only living things can support living beings. Plants are just as much alive only we cannot understand how they communicate but they grow, like us, under the earth, and overhead and the branches are constantly growing, thickening and they breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. By destroying the forests for their rice and lentils, humans lost their oxygen source causing present dangerous levels of pollutions worldwide. No being on earth can live without experiencing suffering at some point or the other. Suffering is part of our existence. However it would be way better for groups such as green planet etc (after having destroyed our forests for their stationary food) to insist on HUMANE treatment of animals that are raised for eating rather than trying to brainwash people NOT to eat meat. Our bodies require COMPLEX forms of protein and meat provides that instantly whereas plant proteins require a whole lot of processing to be turned into human flesh or bone or blood. However in hot countries, it is advisable to eat way less meat as meat heats up the bodies,


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gail
11 Aug 2017

You are very wrong. God had provided food for us without killing animals. They have feeling just as we do and to kill any of them is evil and wrong.

addison
06 Jan 2018

ok 1. it is go extinct not get extinct 2. i wish we didnt raise animals for food. XD

Anthony
09 Jan 2018

1) This person is not wrong, 2) You can\'t prove God exists so adding God into any argument already makes it a weak argument. 3) We do not know that plants can\'t feel, we just have not found it to be likely. 4) Killing for a purpose is not evil. Evil is subjective to a society, and can vary immensely. 5) All living beings are food, even you. 6) Feeding 6 billion people on agriculture alone would require a vast amount of farmable land. Where are all the animals going to live, and what are all the animals going to eat if humans eat all the agriculture? Instead of trying to convert Humans into herbivores, we should focus more on how to reduce the consumption of animals and efficiently use the animal so that we do not waste life.

ella
1 Years Ago

There will always be a need for slaughtering animals for food consumption. http://www.agriengrs.com/structures/process-of-slaughterhouse/


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Monica
1 Years Ago

wowww


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