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Fast Food Nation

Last night I had the extreme pleasure of viewing the movie Fast Food Nation for the very first time. Let me tell you, if you haven’t seen this movie, you must! I was only a tad reluctant because the movie got very mixed reviews. Many of the reviews I read on my beloved Netflix were terrible. People we’re complaining that the movie should have been made into a documentary instead but I disagree. I thought the movie was well made. In defense, the way I see it is that not many people enjoy documentaries. I in fact, love them, but I know that many people find them to be boring, slow, long, etc. Therefore taking the matter of slaughterhouses, the fast food industry, the meat industry, immigration and activism and putting it into a fictional plot seems like a good idea to me. I find that people who cannot bear to sit and watch documentaries can watch a movie that has a plot, storyline and characters that they can identify with.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, it is a movie following a few different people’s lives who are all somehow affected by the meat/fast food industry. We follow around a business man who works for Mickey’s, a fast food chain, a high school girl who works at Mickey’s while becoming friends with college activists, and an illegal immigrant couple who come to America and end up working at Mickey’s beef supplier. It stars many people, including Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmar Valderama, Avril Lavinge and Bruce Willis.

For whomever out there that wants to see this movie in documentary form, there is a version, called Food, Inc. This documentary is great, and was one of the first movies I saw that really concreted my decision of giving up meat. It shows you a behind the scenes look at slaughterhouses, worker conditions for immigrants and nonimmigrants, and also describes all the preservatives and hormones that you are consuming when you eat industrialized meat.

The book that both films are based off of is New York Time’s bestseller, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. The book takes you behind the scenes to what we are really eating when we eat beef from our favorite fast food restaurants. It goes into detail about the “flavorings” that make our beef taste “cajun” or “smoked,” shows us what ingredients are in our foods, where our food comes from, and who touches our food before it gets to us. There are insights, interviews, and so much more…I love it. Because of this book, which I read many years ago, I no longer consume McDonald’s strawberry milkshake-it has over 30 ingredients and 50% of them are chemicals. Yum!

For anyone who either doesn’t have the time or patience for reading Fast Food Nation, Schlosser (along with Charles Wilson) wrote a second book, called Chew on This, which is a tamer, shorter version of Fast Food Nation. It was made to aim at teenagers and younger people, but with the same concept-to educate people on the fast food industry. I have yet to read this but plan on doing so soon.

So in conclusion, I have to recommend both films, the fictional Fast Food Nation and the documentary Food, inc. Both will broaden your horizon and knowledge on the meat and fast food industry. I feel better just knowing where meat comes from, and it helps me remember why I don’t consume it. For anyone who is reluctant because they do want to consume meat, don’t fret, just go organic. Food, Inc. will show you how a chicken is killed in a slaughterhouse versus how they are killed on a local farm. Good stuff folks.

Peace!

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At the very least, please give up Tyson!

I know I preach a lot but I’ve been reading a lot lately about the conditions at Tyson and KFC and had to share the disgusting facts I’ve been finding out. I wish I had blogged about this earlier, and wish I had known years earlier about it. In all reality, I don’t care if you give up meat or not. There are organic meats out there, and farmers doing their part in making our world better but I do deeply, honestly care if you get chicken at KFC or buy Tyson brand. Please, for the love of everything humane do not contribute to the slaughter that goes into getting your bucket ‘o chicken at KFC. Being someone who used to eat there as well, I know that it tastes good. I know, but it’s not worth it. And not just for the animal’s sake, but yours as well. Tyson and KFC are nasty. Nasty to the chickens and nasty to you.

PETA conducted an undercover investigation in 2004-2007 at a Heflin, Alabama, Tyson slaughterhouse and on nine separate days (all in 2007), investigators saw workers urinating in the live-hang area, including on the conveyor belt that moves birds to slaughter. WTF. If this isn’t enough for you to stop eating at KFC then I am just shocked. Now onto what I think is even worse: The chickens abuse. Here are only some of the incidents happening to the meat you are serving to your kids at dinner time. 😥

At Tyson slaughterhouses in Georgia and Tennessee investigators found that “Birds died when their heads and legs became trapped under a door at the end of the conveyor belt that transported live birds to be hung. A supervisor was aware of this problem but did nothing to stop it.” Also “The killing-machine blade often cut birds’ bodies instead of their throats. Although aware of this problem, a supervisor offered no solution, instead blaming the problem on the “nature of the machine.”

“During an undercover investigation at a KFC “Supplier of the Year” slaughterhouse in Butterfield, Missouri—owned by George’s, Inc.—it was documented that live birds were being thrown by workers and crushed by metal dumping machines. Birds were often impaled by mangled transport cages, and workers were instructed to simply yank them out when this happened; PETA’s investigator saw workers doing this and found dismembered limbs left behind in cages after the birds had been removed.”

“A whistleblower at a Tyson slaughterhouse testified that birds intentionally were scalded to death, were blown apart by makeshift firecrackers, and had their legs broken by workers to fit them into slaughter-line shackles.”

Workers at a KFC-supplier slaughterhouse in Maryland were documented punching frenzied, terrified birds and spiking them like footballs, among other sadistic acts of cruelty.”

Ugh! I feel terrible! What makes anyone think that animals can be treated this way? It’s like Hitler. Ugh. Please go to one of the sites (if not all of them) below to see more videos, pictures, articles, and ways you can help stop this. There are petitions, letters and other things that you can send to KFC, Tyson, and George’s Inc., although who knows what will happen. After all these years all we get are empty promises that they will fix their animal welfare conditions, and then year after year we still find out that the workers are allowed to treat the animals like crap. The industry did publicly announce that they were educating their employees on more humane practices and that they were going to take this matter seriously, however by paying workers (and often many are immigrants) poorly, demanding the workers to produce at incredibly fast speeds, it’s hard for the promises to be kept. As long as there is a high demand for chicken, there will be high demands of the employees and slaughterhouses, meaning there won’t really be any success at properly producing the meat. The only thing we can do right now that sends a clear message is by not eating it. By not consuming it and purchasing it is the only way they will stop making money off such cruelty and get away with it. Less demand for the meat, and more demand for humanity, may be the only way to get this message across. It’s so sad! Please support your local farmers and buy organic chicken. Please stop giving Tyson and KFC your money to abuse animals!

Please go to any/all of these sites: kfccruelty.com, peta.org, torturedbytyson.com, compassionoverkilling.com. Also at almost all these sites you can sign up for a FREE vegetarian starter kit!

Look at this claim from KFC: “KFC suppliers, KFC and the National Chicken Council have standards for stocking density to ensure birds have sufficient space and are healthy. … The cleanliness of these facilities and the health of the birds are top priorities for the farmers.” Take note that ALL my pictures are from KFC suppliers! Top priority my ass!!

Veggie Gossip

Being a vegetarian has been an excellent choice I’ve made in my life and every day that I find out that someone else is a vegetarian or a vegan I know that I’m not a freak and there are tons of people out there that don’t eat meat as well. In my own family and husband’s family, every one eats meat. Every one. I am used to getting asked questions, being picked on, teased and even ridiculed for not eating meat but the more people that I find also don’t consume meat, the more I know my decision is warranted and normal. It’s also really great to find out how many celebrities and/or political figures are vegetarians. It’s fun and satisfying to know people that I admire also don’t eat animals. Here I have collected quotes that I enjoyed from “famous” vegetarians. Enjoy!
Sophie Monk: “There’s no doubt in my mind that going vegetarian has made me feel better not only physically but also because I learned about the suffering of animals who are raised and killed for food. I feel good knowing I’m not contributing to that.”
 Jennie Garth: “I got a fur shawl once. I was so disgusted! And I couldn’t re-gift it. I don’t know anyone who’d want fur.”  Alyssa Milano: “I turned vegetarian after 9/11. A friend of mine came back from New York and said that he couldn’t stand the smell of burnt flesh. It immediately reminded me of a barbecue.”
 Pamela Anderson: “Every time we go by KFC, my kids ask me to honk and they yell ‘Boo’ out the window.”
 Devon Aoki: “I sometimes think, would I drink the milk from the breast of a woman I don’t know? No. So I think, why would I drink it from a cow.”
 Alicia Silverstone: “Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it’s pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It’s easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. ”  Russell Simmons: “I don’t eat any animals or anything that has to do with animals. No fish or egg or dairy because I personally don’t feel it’s a good practice to eat anything that might run away from you”
 Woody Harrelson: “I’ve been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It’s been all good. I’m obviously much healthier”
 Gavin Rossdale: “The person I love would never wear fur. Fur just makes me think of shallow women who have no conscience. The fur industry belongs to a time when people were selfish beyond belief. If you were some ancient tribal cheiftain, and there was not a department store nearby 350 years ago, I’d understand. But now, we have synthetic fibers,and it’s not necessary. The elitism of fur makes me wanna puke.”
 Ellen Degeneres: “You ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, Because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother’s attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
 Steven Spielberg: “Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.”
 Richard Gere: “People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It’s ludicrous. It’s not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.”
 Josh Hartnett: “I gave up meat when I was twelve. & One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumor with the knife. There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me.”
 Emily Deschanel: “I’ve been vegan for 15 years, and it turns out it makes a very big impact on the environment to eat fewer animal products, which cause more greenhouse gases than all of transportation combined. The United Nations did a study just over two years ago, and that blew my mind. I started thinking that if people are vegetarian for just one day a week, that makes a huge difference!” Casey Affleck: “Chickens, cows, and pigs in factory farms spend their whole lives in filthy, cramped conditions—only to die a prolonged and painful death. Their bodies are then turned into food products proven to contribute to heart disease and cancer. To eat that is to eat poison.” Charles Darwin: “
There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties.… The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”
 Buddha: “
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others.” Sir Paul McCartney:”If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
 Natalie Portman: “The human cost of factory farming — both the compromised welfare of slaughterhouse workers and, even more, the environmental effects of the mass production of animals — is staggering. “
Other “famous” vegetarians and vegans: Sadie Forst, Jessica Alba, Corey Feldman, Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Clint Eastwood, Shiri Appleby, Shania Twain, Andy Warhol, Montell Williams, Carmen Electra, Kim Basinger, Amy Smart, Bea Arthur, Tobey Maguire, Leona Lewis, Kellie Pickler, Ghandi, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Willie Nelson, Olivia Wilde, Jared Leto, Milo Ventimiglia, Dita Von Tesse, Masta Killa (from Wu-Tang Clan), Joaquin Phoenix, Anthony Kiedis (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Kristen Bell, Benji Madden, Common, Jenna Jameson, Joss Stone, Steve-O, Elizabeth Berkley, Traci Bingham, Tommy Lee, Cloris Leachman, Jayde Nicole (Brody Jenner’s Playmate ex girlfriend).
For  a full extensive list of all famous celebrities, politicans, world leaders and artists that are vegetarians or vegans known go to happy.net, and for more quotes go to famousveggies.com.
Famous Celebrity Vegetarians/Vegans Actively Supporting: (Click to enlarge.)

Don’t be Clueless about ‘The Kind Diet’

One of the best books that I’ve read in the past year is “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone. A lot of people literally judged this book by it’s cover…Alicia Silverstone, the actress, is going to write a dieting book? Oh brother. At least that’s what my brother in law thought. But no, it’s nothing like that.

I have known for many years that Silverstone was a vegetarian and an activist for all things eco-friendly so I knew that this book would be knowledgeable. And also, it’s not a diet book peeps. By diet she means “lifestyle” and “what you eat daily” not just a fad diet that you try for a couple months then drop.

I had originally picked up the book just to see what she would talk about. I guessed it would be about her diet and why it works for her, and ultimately why it can work for us. Well it is that, but more importantly it is jam packed with information about animals, the factory farms, the industry, and more. Half the book is full of facts, statistics and studies, then the other half is recipes. So really it’s a cookbook too.

And it’s funky (in a good way) because the recipes are divided into three parts. She has the Flirt section, which are recipes for people who just want to flirt and experiment with a diet without dairy or meat. Then there’s the “normal” section that is filled with your many vegan dishes. Then the last section, the Superhero is hardcore recipes for the peeps who not only can handle no meat, no dairy, but also no soy, and lots and lots of veggies and fruits. This is close to the macrobiotic diet, since a lot of things are raw and the recipes focus around local grown veggies, and not ones that are flown in from around the world.

A lot of the things that I know about veganism, animal cruelty, etc. I found from this book. I give Silverstone huge props, and respect her much more now seeing how she is actively trying to make a difference. The book also touches on our natural resources, waste, the rainforest, etc. Anytime that I need a refresher and remember why I don’t consume meat, I just reread this book. It’s such a motivator and inspiration. Below is an interview Silverstone did describing her book, why she is a vegan, and what “diet” really means to her. It’s an excellent read so if you are lounging around the pool, or sitting besides the lake this summer pick up this book. I highly recommend it.

Circle of Life? Really?

My husband and I had a thoughtful conversation the other day when we were driving up north. We passed many farms with organic cows roaming (which was a really great sight) and started to talk more about meats. (I am a vegetarian, he is not-but no worries, he only eats organic).

I came to a conclusion that I would be okay with eating meat if it weren’t done in a way that is so cruel, thoughtless and so incredibly wasteful! Why is it that we think we can kill masses amounts of animals, like cutting grass? Why is it okay to murder millions upon millions of animals a day for our consumption (or our waste) when we think it is not okay to murder millions of people? Why isn’t it the same? I see no difference. Animals are mothers and fathers caring for their children just like us.

Why did we let money rule our lives? Food is a business, not just  a way for survival anymore. What if we only killed what we would actually eat? If I go to a buffet, I am not okay with piling my plate(s) full and plenty of foods that I want to eat. I take what I will eat and if I need/want more I can go get some more. I don’t plan on taking a lot beforehand and then wasting the rest. So why can’t we consume meats in the same way? Instead of people thinking that meat is a necessity, why can’t it be special?

How much of this meat actually gets bought within the time frame before it expires?? Does one store need this much meat? (And each town has how many stores who sell meat?)

If meat was a luxury the way sugar or alcohol used to be, we could increase the price of meat and it no longer would be a necessity in the household. If meat was rare, few and costly people would reserve it for special occasions and none would go to waste. We could kill as many animals as needed instead of killing masses of them, and then allowing for at least half of it to go to waste.

For a world so concerned with recycling and reusing and saving the trees, we certainly are wasting animals.

Thinking back to the beginning of civilization, we only killed what we needed to survive. For example, Native Americans, they were connected to the animals, nature and the trees. One animal could last a family a long time, in terms of meat and clothing. They did not kill as many as they possibly could to store because much of it would not be eaten in time and would spoil, therefore be wasted. The same thing applies today so I don’t understand why we do this. Sure we can freeze meats, but tell me how often a family will bring out the 2 year old meat from the freezer and thaw it for dinner when they can toss it and for just $10 go to the store and buy a few more pounds of meat. We simply just don’t notice what’s going on here. We live in a country that wastes, wastes, wastes. And we seem to not care. Why do we allow ourselves to do this or accept this when there are families, children and elderly in other countries in this world who do not have enough to eat? And these poor animals, being sacrificed for us. For our consumption. And then we throw them away. We killed them, for nothing. This is not the circle of life.

So it isn’t enough to say let’s make all meat organic. We have to also limit how much of it is produced. Basically, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, so we need to take much, much less.

Holy Cow! Part 2

The post that has meant the most to me is ‘Holy Cow!!’ Even if it doesn’t convert you to vegetarian or veganism, at least you may do something simple, like switch from cow milk to another source of milk. And for the people out there who still are thinking that cows don’t have feelings, that’s fine and dandy. You may not care about what terrible things happen to them, but do you care about the terrible things that are happening to you?

Eating beef isn’t just bad for the poor cows, its bad for us-the consumers. And this isn’t actually limited to beef, it’s really all meat. First off I’ll give you the basics before I get to the really nasty stuff.

Meat contains a lot of saturated fat which elevates your blood cholesterol and that ends up clogging all your arteries. What happens then? High blood pressure, stroke, or heart attack. Take your pick! No meat out there is truly low fat meat, like the industry wants us to think. Trimming the fat off your meat may take away some of the harm that it will cause you, but saturated fat is actually mixed in with muscle, which means that the cholesterol is actually in the cell membranes of the meat itself. You can’t get rid of that, unless you don’t eat the meat at all. So many people complain about their weight and health problems yet they don’t cut the meat out of their diet. According to a doctor and director of Farminham Heart Study, your risk of having a heart attack is reduced 85% if you have a plant based diet!

Next! Dioxin is the most toxic chemical known to us and it contributes significantly to cancer. Guess what is full of dioxin? That’s right, meat. It’s estimated that 93% of our exposure to dioxin is from eating meat products. And once you’re exposed you’re pretty much stuck with it because dioxin settles into fat and lives in it so the more meat you eat, probably the more dioxin you have sitting in your body right now.

“Dioxin is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).” -Marjorie Cohn

Men, are you afraid of kidney stones? I know my husband is. And I knew a co-worker who stopped drinking coffee because his wife told him she heard coffee creates kidney stones. These should be feared! They are painful! And meat is the major factor in the formation of these lovely kidney stones. (From the British Journal of Urology.)

The one thing that really irritates me is how much they fill the cows with antibiotics because the poor things are always so sick due to their environment, lack of nutrition, and extra hormones in their body. This has become a routine procedure in preventive care, not just given to only the sickest animals. Because they are all sick. So those antibiotics that the cows (actually all meat, including fish) are loaded with get passed on to us. So what happens when you get antibiotics that you don’t need? You get sick much more often because the antibiotics wipe out all your healthy intestinal bacteria since they aren’t fighting any bad bacteria. Be prepared to have a lower immune system.

Next icky thing in line to discuss? When the animals are killed (average 330 per hour) its done quickly so it is not unnatural for their poop (sorry to be so blunt, I could have said bowel, but I wanted readers to see how nasty this is) to get on their meat and skin. According to a USDA report published in 2000, “89% of U.S ground beef that is turned into patties contains traces of E.Coli.” That’s way too high of a percentage for people not to care. Certain people can say “Oh whatever. It’s probably the smallest trace ever! And the heat kills it!” Okay then…so you are saying you are okay with eating something that had a trace of poop in it? Good for you! Not for me. No thank you.

And it’s not just beef slaughterhouses that are unsanitary. It’s all meat. Chicken in fact is probably even nastier. Food borne illnesses usually are caused by campylobacter. I know, what the hell does that mean? All you need to know is that campylobacter is dangerous bacteria that is caused from chickens (and turkeys) being housed in such dirty and crowded conditions. It’s estimated that 2.4 million Americans alone get infected by campylobacter each year. At the same time 70% of our chicken and 90% of our turkey is contaminated with campylobacter! Awesome! Happy Thanksgiving! What I love is that even a microbiologist (Gerald Kuester) said that “The final product [chicken] is no different than if you stuck it in the toilet and ate it.” Tasty!

Before you run off and demand your money back or cause a scene, the truth is sadly, the case is closed. The Federal Humane Slaughter Act is full of exceptions and loopholes for these companies (because they are our biggest $$$ makers) that 90% of our animals are exempt. Something disturbing that I read in “The Kind Diet” is that, “…consider what the animal you’re eating has eaten; livestock feed is routinely beefed up with slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera as well as the remains of euthanized cats and dogs. The drug used to kill these pets, sodium pentobarbital, survives the rendering process, so it gets passed into the feed as well.” Nice!

All of our meat is also pumped with hormones, which we all know to promote muscle mass (more meat). These hormones also get passed onto us. Even eggs are full of hormones as well as fish. This is why you can often find bodybuilders drinking raw eggs and eating large amounts of meat. But we’re not all bodybuilders now are we? We were given the hormones that we were given because that’s how much our individual body needs.

Another thing is that the animals get stress hormones and adrenaline cruising through their veins before they are killed so we end up eating that as well. Maybe that’s why there is excess anxiety in people nowadays? It would make sense.

I don’t expect everyone I know to convert to a non-meat based diet. I know from eating meat my whole life, that it’s become part of our lives and something our taste buds expect and enjoy. But the one thing that we could at least do is eat organic meat. This not only is better for the animals but its better for you too. Wouldn’t you want the purest, cleanest, more natural food entering your body? Why do we pay for the best skin care, best shampoos, best haircuts, best cars, best gas, best alcohol, best clothes yet skimp on the one thing we consume every single day?  Someone who tells me that organic is too expensive is someone who hasn’t thought about that question before. Once you think about it, it kind of clicks. Like, “Yeah. Okay that makes sense. Why the hell do I feed my body crap? My car gets fuel to run smoothly. And my body gets junk to run shitty.”

If you’re going to eat a cow, please eat a happy cow. =)

It’s just something to think about.


Holy Cow!

A lot of people don’t get why I don’t consume meat. I get a lot of eye rolls or horrified looks. I don’t simply because I know how bad meat and dairy can be for your body, environment and the animals. But back when I started this whole thing I didn’t know all this information. I just did it for the cows. I feel extremely bad for them. I get pretty annoyed when I start to tell people this and they think “Oh you’re one of those people” or “Oh so you’re the animal lover huh?” and etc.

The truth is I am not an animal lover. I grew up in a house where my parents thought having nice carpet and furniture was way more important than pets. As a child I resented them for not letting me have a puppy. Evil parents. But now that I have aged and become my parents, I too, do not like pets. None. I don’t even really care for animals. (In the sense of caring for them, nurturing them, owning them etc.) However I still feel bad for the animals we eat. I feel bad when they are hurt, tortured, trapped, suffering; just like how I would feel bad if a human was.

I often hear “Oh it’s just a cow” or “We’re suppose to eat them” or “That’s what they’re there for!” Another common one: “They don’t have feelings.” How does someone know that? If they don’t have feelings tell me why a farmer in England found one of his cows a full 7 miles away from the farm suckling her baby calf? 7 miles is a long way on foot for a cow people! Cows are not the speediest of animals. And she had a mission; find her baby. She wasn’t escaping for the sheer enjoyment of being a complete lost moron, like people take them for. Not only did this mother cow miss/need to be with her baby, she escaped to look for her, and found her! So not only do cows have feelings but they are smart and capable too. Which means they are capable of experiencing suffering and pain.

(Click on pictures to enlarge. P.S which cow would you like to be? The one in the top picture or in the bottom? Big difference!)

Don’t be fooled for a second that the cows in your stomach were once happy cows living on green pastures then sedated before they were killed. The vast majority (actually 99% according to Time magazine) of our beef comes from corporate owned factories where they are forced fed antibiotic and pesticide laden grains, locked up in extremely small spaces, pumped full of hormones to make them fatter (for our eating pleasure) resulting in them not being able to support their weight on their legs. How does that sound so far? Her small space that is called her home shines no light and is also the same place that she poops. Fun! How would you like to eat your meals, take your bathroom breaks and sleep in the same closet everyday all day without any light? And if they are so dumb and lack feelings why do they know when they are next in line to be slaughtered? Why do they scream and moan?

Apparently there is a video out there that I am searching for that shows workers in a Tyson (sounds familiar huh? The frozen meat is probably in your freezer) factory that are skinning cows alive and also cutting off cows legs while they are kicking for freedom and wailing. This wasn’t a long time ago either folks. This was in 2000. When, or if I find this video I will post it on here, although I don’t know if I could even watch it.

Thank goodness there are people out there who farm naturally and do it the good ol fashioned way. Although Old McDonald is still killing his animals we can appreciate that they had a peaceful life first. This would be our 1% of natural/organic beef. Only 1%. Sigh, this is sad. But if you cannot give up meat, you could at least eat the grass-fed ones.

What about milk?! That’s not meat!

Contrary to our belief, cows don’t produce milk all the time. It’s not like their udders carry milk and need to pumped daily (like what I used to think growing up.) They, just like humans, only produce milk when they give birth to a baby. So you see, they are kept pregnant all the time. And once they have their babies, they don’t even get to care for them. Instantly once the calf is born it is taken away from her (boys are turned into veal, girls become dairy cows just like their mommies) and the milk she produces is for us, not her babies. They get to have synthetic formula.

Once the babies are taken away, the mom is pumped up with more hormones so that she can produce 10 to 20 more times the milk than what she produces naturally. This causes her udders to become very large, heavy and painful. She then is milked by a powerful sucking machine that is so rough that blood and pus gets into our milk. No worries though folks, she was given antibiotics first so we can still drink that milk without getting sick! Once she is “dry,” she gets impregnated again.

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These poor cows only live average of 2-7 years (normal cows live up to 25) before they are too sick to continue being dairy cows. So then what? She gets sent to the killing line. So her life was miserable since the moment she was born to the second she was slaughtered.

Be thankful for your life! Peace!