This Bible Basics page on Farm Animals Abuses and Vegan/Vegetarian eating does NOT contain any upsetting graphic pictures; The real “horror” is found in the “FACTS!”
But there is something We Can Do! Just start off with the commitment to be a Vegetarian at least 1-2 days a week! It’s a START! It’s Do-able! You can do it!
eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of
our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming
a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology
“Being vegetarian here also means that we do not
consume dairy and egg products, because they are products of the meat industry.
If we stop consuming, they will stop producing. Only collective awakening can
create enough determination for action.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom
Vegan is Healthier, Humane, Sustainable,
and Protects the Environment!
Vegan is easy to do and easy to get started!!!
The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most signiﬁcant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. “ – The United Nations
How does eating animals cause globalwarming? There are a number of factors. Here are a few:
Manure - The tens of billions of farmed animals of the world produce massive amounts of manure, which emit greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide.
Deforestation - Forests are being destroyed to grow grain and soy to feed chickens, pigs and cows, or to create grazing land for cattle. When the trees are killed, the CO2 they store is released into our environment. (Did you know that?)
Cow Burps - Ruminant animals such as cows and sheep, emit huge quantities of methane via burping and ﬂatulence. (Sounds funny but it's NOT!)
Burning Fossil Fuels - The meat industry uses fossil fuels to heat and cool the buildings that house animals, to produce crops to feed the animals, and to transport, process, and refrigerate meat. Cornell ecologist David Pimentel estimates that creating animal protein demands about eight times as much fossil fuel as much fossil fuel as creating a comparable amount of plant protein. (eight times as much fossil FUEL!!!)
Number of turkeys slaughtered every year for holiday dinners: 65,000,000
Percentage of U.S. farmed animals raised in intensive confinement: 90%
Percentage of U.S. farmed birds raised intensive confinement: 95%
Wingspan of an average egg laying chicken: 26 inches
Average space given each chicken in an egg factory: 6 by 6 inches
“We have discovered chickens literally grown fast to their cages… the flesh of their toes grew completely around the wire.” - Poultry Tribune
Most “farm” animals spend their entire lives on concrete, slatted metal, or wire mesh floors, sometimes stacked several high, allowing excrement to drop onto animals below.
Chickens and turkeys are territorial animals that don’t deal well with closely packed conditions of the factory farm. To keep the animals from pecking each other to death, the top 2/3 of their beak is cut off with a hot knife. This is also true of “free range” birds and egg laying hens.
“Today’s pigs, like many chickens and turkeys, seldom see the light of day, and their feet never touch the earth, much less wallow in the mud.” - Washington Post
“The time will come when men such as I
will look upon the murder of animals
as now they look upon the murder of men.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Do we really think these cows are Happy; Smiling?
During transport many animals freeze to the sides of the truck in winter, or die from heat stroke in the summer.
Animals too weak or injured to walk off the truck after transport are called “downers.” Investigators have filmed downed cows being unloaded by tying a rope around their leg or neck, tying the other end to a pole, and then driving the truck away. Footage has also been taken of “downers” being moved around the stockyard with forklifts.
Approximately 350,000 “dairy” cows are downers every year.
To reduce tail biting and aggressiveness in piglets, the pork industry cuts off their tails and castrates them without anesthesia.
“Forget the pig is an animals.
Treat him just like a machine in the factory.”
- Hog Farm Management
Cows are branded numerous times during their lives, castrated (by cutting off their testicles with a knife or causing them to fall off by removing the blood supply), and dehorned all without anesthesia.
If you don’t support the veal industry, you should not drink cow milk! To keep milk production at maximum, “dairy” cows are annually impregnated on what the industry calls the “rape rack.” If the calf is born a female, she will replace her mother on the dairy farm; if male, he will most likely be sent to live in a veal crate for 12 to 16 weeks after which it will be slaughtered.
“Dairy” cows are usually killed between four and six years of age, when their milk production wanes. Typically a cow will live 20-25 years. 40% of America’s hamburger is from slaughtered “dairy” cows!
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Luckily, all of us can help ﬁx this problem by changing our diet. According to a 2006 study done by researchers at the University of Chicago, an American can reduce more greenhouse gas emissions by becoming Vegan than by switching to a hybrid car.
Chew on these facts:
The livestock sector now occupies 30% of the land surface of the planet, much of that land used to be forests or rainforests that were clear-cut.
Animal farming is responsible for 65% of human-caused nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas 296 times more powerful than CO2
Animal farming is responsible for 37% of human-caused methane emissions, a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than CO2
In total, animal farming accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, surpassing the entire global transportation sector, which accounts for 13.5% of total emissions.
Why should we care?
Global warming could have devastating long-term consequences. As the National Resources Defense Council notes, if we don’t do something soon to halt its progress, “Sea levels will rise, ﬂooding coastal areas. Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense. Droughts and wildﬁres will occur more often. Disease-carrying mosquitoes will expand their range. And species will be pushed to extinction.”
Many of these changes have already begun; think Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Sandy, the 2003 European heat wave that killed 52,000 people, and Australia’s epic seven-year and counting drought.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE JUST BY EATING VEGETARIAN 2-3 DAYS A WEEK (or more.)
These Videos DO contain graphic images that are disturbing to most people!
(It's hard to fight injustice without ever seeing it!)
In 2005, Earthlings premiered at the Artivist Film Festival, (where it won Best Documentary Feature), followed by the Boston International Film Festival, (where it won the Best Content Award), and at the San Diego Film Festival, (where it won Best Documentary Film, as well as the Humanitarian Award to Joaquin Phoenix for his work on the film).
Earthlings is a 2005 documentary film about humanity's use of animals as pets, food,clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. The film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, features music by Moby, was directed by Shaun Monson, and was co-produced by Maggie Q, all of whom are practicing vegans.Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
What are we Feeding our Kids???
“Happiness does not come from consumption of things.”
“If we do not know how to take care of ourselves
and to love ourselves,
we cannot take care of the people we love.
Loving oneself is the foundation
for loving another person.”
Something that really surprised me when working as a pharmacist was why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet.
After seeing so many people suffering from obesity related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, I was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to become obese, it clearly was not just the fat they were eating!
I actually discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup.
Fructose is the form of high fructose corn syrup is found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger.
It is also often found in ‘low fat’ supposedly healthy alternatives and even many popular weight loss products because food with the fat taken out simply tastes horrible. High fructose corn syrup in combination with many other additives are usually added to enhance the flavor.
Glucose is the type of sugar our body loves. It gets metabolized by every cell in our body and is very easy to burn with very few toxic by-products. It also tells the brain to stop eating when you are full.
Fructose on the other hand is another type of sugar and is found in sucrose which breaks down to glucose and fructose.
Fructose is actually only metabolized by the liver and it’s very similar to ethanol (the alcohol in drinks). When you consume it, it’s actually like ethanol but without the high. It confuses the liver and ends up making lots of bad fats in the process. It also doesn’t signal your brain that you are full. This is why people can drink massive cups of fizzy drinks which are high in fructose and still eat huge meals containing refined foods that are also full of fructose.
Many fruits also contain fructose, but nature has provided the antidote, as these fruits are also packed with fiber which prevents your body from absorbing too much of it.
When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets free from processed foods, even if they say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.
In many cases I asked people to just stop their consumption of fizzy drinks like Coca Cola and instead swap it with either plain water, or add some freshly squeezed lemon for flavor.
Green tea is also a great alternative, and it is one of my personal favorites because it contains alpha wave stimulating theanine that also double serves as an antidote to the harmful effects of caffeine.
Those who loved to drink tea and coffee sweetened with lots of sugar, I advised to swap with natural sweeteners like stevia instead. This alone had some remarkable results.
I tried to get this information out to the masses via my health project with ASDA WALMART, but it was prevented when they realized if my information became too popular it could significantly damage their profits.
There are 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day worldwide!!! A very significant percentage of that is through supermarket chains like WALMART.
So you can imagine how unpopular I became in Wal-Mart’s head office in the UK with my information strongly advising people to stop drinking fizzy drinks like Coke!
I recently came across a great article by Wade Meredith that explains very well what happens when you drink just 1 can of Coca Cola and this applies to pretty much most caffeinated soft drinks, not just Coke!
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression
of gratitude to the whole cosmos —
the trees, the clouds, everything.”
Can of Coke
When somebody drinks a can of Coke or any similar sugary caffeine drink, watch what happens…
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined salts and caffeine. Regular consumption of these ingredients in the high quantities you find in Coke and other processed foods and drinks, can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
If you care about your heart, health and mind then please remember this article next time you reach for that bottle of Coke!
Peace and blessings
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"If another nation was doing this to our children, we'd be at war."
Jeff Bridges Founder of the End Hunger Network