Asians for Humans, Animals & Nature

7. Natural resources. In the U.S., one-third of all raw materials, including fossil fuels, are used to produce livestock, plus more than half of all water consumed. It takes 100 times more water to produce one pound of animal protein than vegetable protein. Most of our crop- land supports livestock production; only 2% grows fruits and vegetables. In the international meat market, millions of hectares of rain forest have been destroyed for grazing.

8. Cholesterol. Half of American men who consume meat and dairy products risk death from a heart attack, compared to 4% of those who do not. There's no cholesterol or saturated fat in grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, fruits or seeds. The body makes its own dietary cholesterol.

9. Pollution. The meat industry wreaks colossal damage on the earth's ecosystems. Every second, U.S. livestock produce 230,000 pounds of excrement. Ammonia from animal waste and agricultural fertilizers contributes to acid rain, which kills aquatic and plant life. Livestock emit one-fourth of the methane that contributes to global warming. Agricultural water pollution from manure, pesticides and run-off of soil is greater than all municipal and industrial sources of pollution combined. A 50,000-acre pig farm now under construction will generate more waste than the city of Los Angeles!

10. Compassion.
We pamper our poodles, but treat other animals as commodities without feelings rather than as living creatures deserving respect. Factory farms condemn them to lives of misery followed by shipment-often internationally-without food or water to unnecessarily painful, violent deaths. If you doubt this, visit a slaughterhouse or factory farm. Only mass denial allows this cruelty to continue. And only your willingness to change can stop it. The next time you sit down to a meal, think what the animal you're about to eat went through for your few moments of unhealthy pleasure.

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In these battery cages, hens are packed so tightly together that there are absolutely no space for them to move or even to turn around. These hens are only limited to laying eggs, they suffer from severe feather loss, and their bodies are covered with bruises and abrasions.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of calves are confined in crates measuring just two feet wide in order to produce white veal. They are chained by the neck to restrict all movement, making it is impossible for them to turn around, stretch, or even lie down comfortably. This severe confinement makes the calves' meat "tender" since the animals muscles cannot develop.

Just like the cows, the sows or pigs are also put into 2-feet wide cages. Denied straw bedding, the pigs are forced to stand on uncomfortable slatted or grated floors which are designed to allow urine and feces to fall through. Here the pig tries to chew through the metal cage bar.

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