Happy Friday my beautiful people!
There is so much sadness and hurt and anger in the world right now. There’s almost no good news. Baby Formula Shortage, Wildfires, School Shootings, Political Visceral…. I wanted to shine my light on something a little brighter. How to save lives.
Yep, things are bad out there, things really suck. But you can save lives RIGHT NOW.
Yeah, you can seriously save lives.
Without paying any money, without changing any part of your daily routine.
You can literally save lives by making a single decision.
If you choose to not consume an animal product or an animal by-product, and instead choose the veggie option or the “fake meat” option. You literally save lives.
Ordering the veggie burger, or bean burger or impossible burger. You are saving a cows life.
Going Vegan literally saves lives.
Leaving cows and other animals off your plate is easier than ever. You can now get tasty veggie burgers at numerous restaurants, including Denny’s, Johnny Rockets, and White Castle. Check out our favorite beef replacements, all of which are delicious and cholesterol- and cruelty-free.
As a part of my WHY BE VEGAN series I want to focus in on cows.
Cows are adorable!
Cows are really smart creatures. Did you know they have best friends? Did you know they get excited about snow and flowers? They are really like big puppies. They are sweet loving gentle creatures that deserve a good life, unfortunately they are slaughtered in mass simply so you can get a quick hamburger. According to the USDA, in May 2019 2.94 million cattle were slaughtered in the U.S. This equates to roughly 95,000 cattle being killed a day during the month. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Americans consume an average of 2.4 burgers per day, which is about 50 billion burgers per year.
Modern high-pressure agriculture commonly keeps cows in overcrowded stalls, cages, crates, or sheds where they are often unable to turn around or take even a single step for their entire lives. Deprived of veterinary care, exercise, sunlight, and even the feel of grass beneath their feet, these living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings, whose senses are so much like our own, suffer and die at the rate of millions per day just so that we can have burgers, patties, nuggets, and wieners. Deciding what we will eat means choosing between the horrors of factory farming and respect for animals.
Simply by choosing not to eat a “real” hamburger and choosing the veggie option, you are not asking for more cows to be killed. The more consumers buy meat alternatives, the less demand there is to kill animals. It would be stupid for the meat industry to not to start to invest in meat alternatives because its an industry that with our actions can overtake the need for killing animals.
We shouldn’t eat cows.
Cows are gentle social animals. They have the ability to recognize more than 100 other cows, and they form close friendships with members of their herd. Researchers report that cows grieve when their friends or family members die.
Learn more fascinating facts and read awe-inspiring stories about cows and other animals in the bestselling book Animalkind.
On dairy farms, mother cows are usually forcibly impregnated, and calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth so that milk meant for them can be bottled for human consumption. Again, this happens on all farms, regardless of the level of welfare, and those mother cows are sent to slaughter when they are no longer profitable.
You don’t need the protein from cows. You can get that protein from plants. There is no lack of protein, despite the claims. In rich nations, people commonly eat 30-50% more protein than they need. All protein needs can easily be met from plant-based sources, such as beans, lentils, nuts and whole grains.
In modern factory farms, animals are routinely injected with hormones and stimulants to make them grow bigger and faster. Many dairy ranchers use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to enhance milk production, despite the fact that this chemical – which has been implicated in causing cancer and other diseases – shows up in milk. Feedlots are crowded, filthy, stinking places with open sewers and choking air. The animals would not survive at all but for the fact that they are fed huge amounts of antibiotics. In some farms, cattle are fed “renders” – dead and grounded up cows. To induce and increase egg production, chicken are kept in tight cages and kept awake under bright light 24 hours a day. Consider eating vegan and eliminating all animal products from your diet. Watch: The Meatrix
But a lot of research shows grass-fed beef uses more land and produces more – or at best similar – emissions because grain is easier for cows to digest and intensively reared cows live shorter lives. Both factors mean less methane. Either way, the emissions from even the best beef are still many times that from beans and pulses.. If all the world’s pasture lands were returned to natural vegetation, it would remove greenhouse gases equivalent to about 8 bn tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere, according to Joseph Poore at Oxford University. That’s about 15% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Only a small fraction of that pasture land would be needed to grow food crops to replace the lost beef. So overall, if tackling the climate crisis is your thing, then beef is not. Read more here.
It is like voting with your pocket book. When you purchase meat, you’re telling that meat company: “Yes please keep killing” but when you choose the meat alternative, you’re telling that meat company, “No I don’t support the killing.” Your actions have real consequences. You can choose to not contribute and support to current and future death, simply by making the humane choice.
Do you think a single meal. that maybe takes a half hour to eat; that single meal, maybe 10 minutes of pleasure, is actually worth and animals life? Does an innocent creature deserve to be murdered so you can get something “yummy”. I implore you to think about your food. Think about what you eat. Think about what you have been currently “voting for” with your pocket book? Where can you reduce harm? Meatless Mondays’? No meat Fridays? Vegan Sundays? Try adding one day a week where you eat no animals. Maybe only have meat once a week.
It may feel crazy and way too difficult to make a total vegan switch. But maybe your vegan on Tuesdays. Start somewhere. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to start and make a try.
Once you get use to days that are meatless, it wont feel so daunting to try vegan for longer. The more exposure, and the more experience with vegan and vegetarian food, you will see how easy meat free is.
It’s something I don’t think about. with Covid I order groceries and I sometimes get things substituted that aren’t vegan and I often give those things away, and eating out some times I have to plan my meals a little bit. But eating aligned with my values feels really good. It’s sometimes a minor inconvenience to be vegan or sometimes people are weird about it but eating vegan is so worth it. It is not as difficult as you think.