Animal mass production includes not only meat production, but also eggs and dairy.
I feel very strongly about the unnecessary cruelty to animals. When I tried to watch an educational film showing the conditions in intensive animal farms and slaughter houses, I started to cry within a few seconds and was not able to continue to watch. This has deeply upset me. When I see a suffering animal, I can empathically sense their pain. Cosumers seem to dissociate themselves from the reality of animal production, in order to be able to eat their £2 chicken without feeling guilty.
Besides the cruelty, there are many other reasons why we need to reduce our consumption of animal products. Our nation is suffering from an obesity epidemic and other health complications that are associated with a diet high in meat and dairy products. However, other serious health risks will be caused by the overuse of antibiotics, used to limit the spread of disease in intensive farming. Traces of antibiotics can be found in products like meat, and is additionally passed into the ground water through sanitation, which finds its way into the water system and further to us. Because of this, we all consume these antibiotics; unfortunately this will result in bacteria increasingly becoming immune to it. The effectiveness of antibiotics will be compromised.
I could write endless essays about the catastrophic effects of the mass production of animals. Nevertheless, climate change is one of the most urgent issues that is changing our world forever. A commonly quoted study indicates that 18% of green house gases are generated by the meat and dairy industries (2006, United Nations Food and Argicultural Organization). However, Goodlang and Anhang, co-authors of “Livestock and Climate Change”, found that livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per a year or 51% of anual worldwide green house gas emissions.
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