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"If people knew how badly animals are treated in today’s factory farms, if people knew how completely confined and immobilized these creatures are for their entire lives, if people knew how severe and unrelenting is the cruelty these animals are forced to endure, there would be change. If people knew. But too many of us choose to look the other way, to keep the veil in place, to remain unconscious and caught in the cultural trance. That way we are more comfortable. That way is convenient. That way we don’t have to risk too much. This is how we keep ourselves asleep."
John Robbins

Those green pastures and barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. In the United States an estimated 10 billion farm animals are born, raised and slaughtered each year for food in the factory farming system.  On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and confined to small cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems. These animals will never raise their families, play around in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural and important to them.
Most people often think what's the harm in my chicken parm (that wasn't meant to rhyme on purpose just happened that way). However, if it weren't for us (as individuals) spending our money to buy (and therefor support the factory farmers) who raise these animals in such inhumane and gruesome conditions, there wouldn't be such issues. We put blinders on and pretend that we have no part- we are just eating and doing what we grew up learning to do. But with every ham sandwich, and bacon cheeseburger you support (maybe not willfully) the conditions to which these animals were forced to live under.

Did you know...

--According to UN raising animals for food creates more greenhouse gases then all transportation in the world... the world.

--An acre of land disappears every 8 seconds, cle
ared to grow crops to feed animals fed in factory farms. Most of them are mostly contaminated with herbicides and pesticides and many of the plants contain GMOs that eventually we eat as well.

--Over one third of all fossil fuel in the US go to raise animals for food

-When your factory farm produces tons of waste each week, what do you do with it all?  Unlike human waste, livestock manure does not undergo processing for sanitation.  Typically, it’s mixed with water to form a liquid and held in manure lagoons and then sprayed onto nearby land.   Lagoons are sealed and protected with earthen embankments to protect from leaks and spills, but the system is not perfect.  Leaks can cause the liquefied waste to seep into groundwater and overflows caused by excessive rain or storms can send the waste flowing to nearby lakes and rivers.   One study conducted by North Carolina State University in 1995 estimated that as many as 55% of the manure lagoons on hog farms in that state were leaking.

We close our eyes to the utter cruelty that these animals face. Why? Because it's
easier.  Maybe it's a radical idea to switch to a vegetarian diet... maybe not.

Think about it.
.. would you want to eat a pig knowing that it was tied down while giving birth and then forced to feed her young, which was then taken away just to be killed?

Or how about the cow who was placed in a small cage that never went outside to see the sunlight or graze in the grass.. was just chained up with a machine attached to it's utter constantly fighting infections and given antibiotics. Sounds quite miserable eh?

If you do anything, lowering your consumption of meat and meat products not only helps the animals- but your overall health. It's a win/win situation for both parties.

Always look for organic, free range, grass fed, humane certified and local whenever possible. Maybe not in this lifetime- but hopefully one day, the inhumane farmers and mass producers will be shut out of business.
Spread a little love even just for today and go meat free =)