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“I believe we will look back and be shocked at what was accepted the way we kill animals, en masse for food.”
Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or neither, most informed people would agree that the way we are currently treating animals, especially on factory farms, is unacceptable. The most effective form of protest in this regard is to effectively quit consuming products that come from factory farms. While many people have made the decision to either give up meat and animal products entirely, others have done their best to cut back in order to avoid supporting these industries. Because of this, we have seen a massive decline in the amount of animals and products coming from factory farms.
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Overall, whether it is because of a growing awareness of the environmental, ethical, or health reasons to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, this is the direction that we seem to be heading. This might be the reason why Richard Branson, founder of the hugely successful, Virgin Group, says that killing animals for food will soon be a thing of the past.
With the emergence of many viable plant-based alternatives, and even lab-grown meat, we may no longer have the need or a reason to mass produce animals for the sole purpose of consumption. Could it really be the end of meat?
What Will Happen To All The Animals?
A common comment that I see whenever an article relating to a plant-based or reducetarian diet, plant-based substitute or the environmental concerns for consuming a diet that consists largely of factory farmed products is, “if we stop eating animals, what will happen to them all? We need to eat them, otherwise there will be too many.” The answer is quite simple, we will stop producing them to begin with. Many people don’t realize that animals coming from factory farms are bred, raised, and slaughtered only because there is a demand for them, and if we were to stop, cut back, or limit our intake, these animals would no longer need to be born in the first place.
But I Love “My Meat”
This is another extremely common excuse people give when it comes to changing their diets. The thing is, maybe you love meat, and that’s okay, but at some point we as a species on this planet have to start taking responsibility for our actions and making the changes necessary to save planet Earth. With the emergence of so many great alternatives to conventional meat and animal products, there is no reason why we can’t all do our part to make a difference.
“You don’t want to think about the slaughterhouse so you deliberately block that out of your head.” –
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The fact of the matter is that sooner or later, you may not even have a choice. The more people become aware of the damage they are contributing, the less they are consuming these products and the less chance these corporations and manufacturers have of staying in business in the first place.
Something everyone can do, right now, is simply just consume less meat. We absolutely do not to be consuming meat every day, much less every meal, and if this is the direction we are heading, might as well start now!
An important question to ask yourself is, do you want to be a part of the solution or a part of the problem?