animals

• Fishermen's nets kill 10 times as many other animals as the fish they are hoping to catch.
• Fish caught in nets die an agonising slow death of suffocation.
• Chickens are crammed into battery cages with up to 3 other birds, they are unable to even spread their wings & many can not even stand up.
• Unwanted male chicks (because they can't lay eggs) are gassed or pulped while their sisters go to the battery sheds.
• Chicks are debeaked without anaesthetic to prevent them injuring each other in the unnaturally confined conditions they are kept in - this is equivalent to having your fingernails pulled out without anaesthetic.
• Sows are kept tethered in stalls 1.3 x 1 metre on concrete or slatted floors - they can not even turn around.
• Broilersheds are artificially lit 23 hours a day to produce rapid growth.
• 4000 animals die spurting their blood out every minute in a British slaughterhouse.
• Calf leather comes from animals killed at just 2 weeks old.
• In the UK animals are killed by first being stunned with electricity or a captive bolt gun (ie. a bolt is fired into their heads) before having their throats slit & being plunged into boiling water - all this happens on a production line with the animals being hung upside down from a moving conveyor belt - this is factory farming ...

people
• Every year in the UK we feed our livestock enough food to feed 250,000,000 people while in the world 30,000,000 people die of starvation.
• 20 vegetarians can live on the land required by one meat eater ...

water

• 25 gallons of water to produce 1lb of wheat & 2500 gallons to produce 1lb of meat.
• UK farm animals produce 200,000,000 tonnes of slurry every year, the majority of which ends up in our rivers.
• In the USA every second, humans produce 12,000 lbs of effluent while
farmed animals produce 250,000 lbs.

• Nitrates & pesticides used on crops grown to feed livestock end up in our rivers.

• The water used to produce 10 lbs of steak is equivalent to the average consumption of water for an entire household for an entire year...

land

• If they continue to clear American forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left.
• 1 acre of land yields 165 lbs of beef or 20,000 lbs of potatoes.
• 8/10 of cultivated land in the UK is used to grow food for animals (14,732,000 hectares) ...

air
• The destruction of the rainforest by cattle farmers is destroying the lungs of the planet & reducing the worlds capacity to replenish our oxygen supply.
• The 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas & leads to global warming).
• Burning of forests, grasslands & agricultural waste associated with animal farming releases 50-100,000,000 tons of methane per year ...

efficiency
• To produce 1 calorie of energy from meat takes 60 calories of petrol, whereas growing grains & legumes to directly feed people produces 20 calories for each calorie of fuel used ( that's 1200 times more efficient) ...

health
• Meat is full of traces of antibiotics, hormones and toxins produced by stress & pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten.
• Farmed animals contain up to 50% saturated fat in their bodies.
• Vegetarians have 24% reduced risk of getting heart disease & Vegans a 57% reduction.
• Vegetarians have a 40% reduced level of cancer than the general population, thought to be because they have a higher intake of vitamins A,C & E.
 • Osteoporosis due to calcium loss from bones is mainly due to the sulphur content in meat & casein protein in milk that cause calcium to be lost in the urine -the countries with the highest meat & dairy consumption are those with the highest levels of brittle bones ...


Nothing will benefit human health
for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein






Return to the top of the page