Estimates suggest that between 100 billion to over a trillion animals are killed annually, by the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries to provide ‘us’ with our ever increasing craving for animal products.
Meat requires enormous amounts of energy, land and water to produce, and our desire to eat more and more meat is one of the greatest factors pushing our natural world towards a catastrophic end. A topic that is slowly being recognised by more and more people that are turning to a vegan diet or choosing to eat less meat, yet per capita consumption continues to increase.
Whilst the impact on the environment is inexcusable, the levels of animal suffering caused through the farming, transporting and slaughter of animals is all too often overlooked as a ‘necessary evil’. Yet this level of suffering is being inflicted upon millions of animals each and every day. This is something that I hope one day in the not too distant future people will look back upon in shame and horror.
To get a realistic idea of the scale of the suffering to provide food for our table, please click here to see the number and type of animals being slaughtered every single second of every single day and see just how many animals pay the ultimate price for our satisfaction. The numbers and rate of death are astonishing.
It does not have to continue to be this way, we all individually have the power to stop the suffering that we are responsible for and collectively we could end this suffering all together. Yet to do this requires strength and a will to move away from what society tells us is the ‘norm’.
From a very young age we are directly and indirectly told that animals are here for our benefit, and although we are increasingly taking more responsibility to discover and subsequently attempt to meet animal’s needs, ultimately the majority within society still believe it is acceptable to use and all too often to abuse animals for our personal consumption.
Animals and especially animals traditionally raised for food fall low down on our personal ‘moral ladders’ and therefore we justify our eating habits based on this moral placement, with animals such as fish, hens, pigs and cows rarely being seen as worthy of our respect.
In meat-free week it is time for self-reflection as to the part in which we personally play within this annual animal atrocity. Many of us love our dogs, our cats and our rabbits, and we support an end to the suffering of elephants, bears and tigers whilst we all too often give little thought to the suffering of equally sentient animals such as pigs, cows, hens and fish.
These animals are as deserving of our respect and our protection as the dogs that share our homes, and the elephants, bears and other animals suffering from wild animal exploitation. In meat-free week please give the gift of ‘not suffering’ to an animal by changing your view on how society treats sentient beings.
The answer is in the choices we make each and every day.
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