VEGGIE & VEGAN
Going Veggie for the Animals
We call ourselves a nation of animal lovers, yet every year in the UK alone, around 1,000 million animals are bred and killed for food. That’s around 2.7 million every single day. Most of them will have been reared in factory farms and slaughtered at just a few months or weeks old.
The conditions on factory farms are far removed from the happy farmyard scenes you see portrayed on egg boxes or in TV ads. Modern factory units exist to produce meat and dairy products as quickly and cheaply as possible and the animals are given the bare minimum needed to survive. Crammed into stinking sheds, they will never roam freely. Nor will they ever breathe fresh air or see natural daylight. Death at the slaughterhouse is a terrifying, bloody experience. And it is no better at sea.
Fish are dragged out of the water in huge nets the size of football pitches. Non-target animals including dolphins, whales and turtles are often caught up and die, too. Other fish, such as tuna, are speared on hooks on the end of long lines, and slowly dragged to their death. Some sea birds are in increasing danger of starvation as their food source – fish – dwindles.
Animals are treated by the farming and meat industries as if they are unfeeling machines, alive only to generate maximum profit. But each fish, chicken, lamb, cow or pig is a sentient being capable of experiencing pain, fear, discomfort and distress.
The average meat-eater consumes around 11,000 animals (including fish and shellfish) in their lifetime. If you really care about animals, the best way you can help is to stop eating them!
Blood, guts and other bits
Vegetarians can easily avoid eating meat and fish, but there are a number of hidden nasties that they will also want to avoid. These are often made up of slaughterhouse by-products such as gelatine (made from skin, crushed bone and internal organs) and some fats and acids. See our list of beastly ingredients to avoid.