Effects Of Raising Animals For Meat

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Register to read the introduction… It leads to rain forest destruction, global heat rising, water pollution, water scarcity, desertification, misuse of energy resources and world hunger. The use of land, water, energy, and human effort to produce meat is not an effective way to use the earth's resources. It has been estimated that every four ounce hamburger made from rainforest beef destroys 55 square feet of tropical rainforest. Since 1960, some 25% of Central America's rainforests have been burned and cleared to create pasture for beef cattle and nearly half of the water consumed in the United States goes to the growing of feed for cattle and other livestock. Over 40 million people die each year of starvation, and most of them are children. (Hai) Despite this fact, more than one third of the world's grain harvest is diverted from feeding people to feeding livestock. Instead of wasting the earth's resources, many starving children throughout the world can have the chance to live if human beings reduce or eliminate their meat …show more content…
The fact that more than 100,00 cows are slaughtered everyday in the United States. Most animals in Western countries are raised on "factory farms," which are designed to produce the maximum number of animals for slaughter at minimum expense. They are crammed into filthy windowless confinement systems and will never raise their families, rummage in the soil, or do anything that is natural to them(Bekoff). This is just not acceptable. To begin with, animals are sentient beings. They experience contagious joy and grief, they get hurt and suffer, and they take care of one another. They also have a point of view on what happens to them, their families, and their friends. The only difference is they cannot express the pain they feel like humans can. When human beings carelessly slaughter these innocent animals for their selfish interests, they cannot do anything but cry in pain. Animals in the process of slaughter die "piece by piece" (Bekoff). Another cruel practice farmers carry out is the deprivation of food from birds for fourteen days in order to shock their bodies into laying more eggs for human consumption. And, because male chicks are useless in the meat industry, each year a hundred million of them are ground up alive or tossed into bags to suffocate (Toh). Why punish these innocuous animals when they haven't caused any harm to humans? What have they done for humans to cause this …show more content…
"The structure of the human body is not suited for eating meat." This was demonstrated in an essay on comparative anatomy by Dr. G. S. Huntingen of Columbia University. He states: Carnivores have short, small, and large intestines. Their large intestine is characteristically very straight and smooth. In contrast, vegetarian animals have both a long small intestine and a long large intestine. Because of the low fiber content and high protein density of meat, the intestines do not require a long time to absorb nutrients; thus, the intestines of carnivores are shorter in length than those of vegetarian animals (qtd by Supreme Master Ching Hai.

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